I bought a new HP laptop this week after my old one died. I decided on the HP after looking at Macs, Dells, Lenovos, and a few others. I was tempted but couldn’t justify the extra expense of the Mac, both for the computer itself and for the Windows XP or Vista I would need to run the PC-specific software I use. The HP dv3 weighs about 4.5 pounds and has all the space, speed, and features I need from a laptop. Like most PCs these days it came with software pre-installed that I immediately including Norton Anti-Virus and a demo edition of Microsoft Office Suite. I’ve committed to weaning myself from Word, Excel, and Power Point and using the OpenOffice Suite. It is open source, opens documents created in Microsoft Office, saves documents in multiple formats including .doc and .xls, fully-featured, and free. I’ve been using it on my desktop PC for about a month. Its menu is similar to Word but not identical, so there is a learning curve. After 20 minutes trying to format and print labels I put that learning experience aside and printed them from Word, where I know all of the steps. I’ll conquer that task another day. It feels very good not to pay Microsoft–or any company–the hundreds of dollars I would spend on Office 2007.