"Why do you have a monitor and a laptop on your desk?" and "I thought you had a Mac. That screen's a Dell."
Last year, we bought Michael a reconditioned MacBook before he left for school. At Christmas, the screen burned out. It's outrageously expensive to fix. So, he took an old monitor and hooked it up to his Mac. That was a Dell monitor. Around that time, I grew very tired of sharing a computer with all my kids and I began saving pennies to buy myself my very own computer. I've never had my very own computer...
Then, Lightning Struck. And it zapped our Dell desktop (our second Dell to be zapped). So, we needed a new family computer.That's a computer shared by everyone else in the house. It was becoming nearly impossible to ration time on it, particularly since the bigger boys are taking writign-intensive courses this fall, too. And Michael was going to travel extensively this summer and in the fall, all while attending college. He needed a laptop that functioned like a laptop. So, my pennies went to a new family Mac-mini withthe lightning-struck monitor (the monitor is fine). And some more (many more) pennies went to a new laptop for Michael. The old lightning-struck Dell can still do word processing; it just has no online access and other limited fucntioning, so as soon as I retrieve a monitor from my father, that will fucntion nicely for paper-writing. And I set myself up with the Mac-Dell hybrid on an old desk my aunt gave me. Admittedly, I am visual enough that the necessary tangle of cords drives me nuts, but all in all, I am pretty thrilled to finally have a 'puter all my own (except for when I share it with everyone else;-). The bonus is that it acts like a Mac.