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amyb15
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Hi, just wondering how many of you have lap tops? My husband and girls got me one for mothers day. I don't know how I survived w/o it. It is the best!!!!!

AnneCan
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Yes, I have one + I agree, it is great! Enjoy!

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lesvanb
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while sitting in the recliner with my feet up with a cup of tea nearby and some background jazz watching the light fade over the hills. oh yes sweet, and with a backlit keyboard no less for low light conditions....better stop now :-)

Leslie

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thready
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I would love to have one. I have a great pc so I can't really justify having a lap top just yet, I am the only one in the family without one, not complaining I just realized it, lol.

Take care
jan

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ann2008
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Yes, I have one. I would take it and be online during my treatments or watch a movie or email. It helped pass time. Ann

khl8
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I agre, we got one right before my surgery, what a lifesaver!

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TxKayaker
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Between my wife & I we have 4 always moving up. They are addictive.

coloCan
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Unfortunately, don't know too much about how they work and I'm limited in what I know how to do but I can send/receive messages and access info off internet.Computers were just being introduced as I was nearing end of college so I missed out on getting in on the ground floor, so to speak. Somehow, it still keeps me "connected", whatever that means, tho there's a hellofalot I don't know how to do, such as post my lovely picture (which would frighten little kids who saw it)where that duckie is.....enjoy the day....steve.

I live in back of a library so I access their WIFI for free in my bedroom for laptop.

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pf78248
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We recently purchased the iPad and absolutely love it. You still have to have a computer, either laptop or desktop for some functions but it does 90% of what a computer does and is so easy and fun to use. It is especially great for those long hospital stays or chemo infusions because it is light weight and goes anywhere. Mine fits in my larger purses.

Just a thought for those who have an interest. David and I highly recommend. And unfortunately we are not getting a penny from Apple, even though every doctor who has seen it stops for a look and says they are going to buy one!

Hugs and Healing,

Priscilla

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RickMurtagh
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I love my iPad - it is my new best friend - which it ticking my wife (old best friend) off quite a bit.

I have all my scans (except PET - takes to long to export the individual pics) and many of my reports on it also.

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pf78248
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Rick,

Maybe you should get one for her! Then you won't feel guilty! Mine is wifi so I have to be home or somewhere with it. But it works great at all the drs and hospital. And home! Do you have a favorite AP?

Enjoy!

Hugs and Healing,
Priscilla

Sent from my iPad

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pf78248
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Rick,

Maybe you should get one for her! Then you won't feel guilty! Mine is wifi so I have to be home or somewhere with it. But it works great at all the drs and hospital. And home! Do you have a favorite AP?

Enjoy!

Hugs and Healing,
Priscilla

Sent from my iPad

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RickMurtagh
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I use mine all day long. I have the 3G model. I had hoped to do some programming for it, but my chemotherapy brain is not helping much with that task.
Favorite app? Probably a genre - news apps and then there is plants vs zombies, but that is kind of old and easily beatable. I use mine mostly to consume news and keep in touch with friends and the world (email, Facebook, forums, Picassa, etc.).

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George has a fairly new Apple PC upstairs and I make sure he keeps the Dell laptop downstairs. I love it that I can sit out on the deck, on the couch, anywhere in the house enjoy a cup of coffe, and zoom around the internet. I don't go up and use the Apple much and that is a shame because it cost tons more than the Dell.

Congrats on the laptop. It is always fun to get something new and unexpected.

Have fun with it - Tina

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HollyID
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one is my son's and the other is mine and my husbands. I love it. I take it to chemo with me so I can watch a movie or do whatever.

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Nana2
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Love mine :-)

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RickMurtagh
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every single time I see the title of this thread, I keep seeing lap dance instead of lap top. Chemo brain - that's all I am saying.

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amyb15
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that is funny. I'm sure you could find a lap dance on your lap top!!!!!

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geotina
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I can just see Rick now hitting the Google button "lap dance".

Tina

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RickMurtagh
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Damn router is blocking all my searches.

Topher67
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I bought myself one a couple weeks ago figuring it would be nice to have when I start chemo. Haven't touched my desktop PC since.lol

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The monitor is too small. I got spoiled with work. I have a G5 Mac with a GIANT monitor. The 20" monitor I have at home seems a bit small to me now. They are convenient though, I will say that.

Watch keeping them on your lap, it can lower men's sperm count!
;-)
I guess we get "roasted nuts"?

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Right on Phil. I have been involved with computers from 67. Worked in both sales and service. Started with a Compact luggable X type at home in 87. I will never forget how happy I was, when I installed a 10 meg hard drive in it.

Lap tops are 10 pounds of crap in a 5 pound box. It is the heat build up that kills them. My old brain is also set in concrete to standard size keyboards.

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RickMurtagh
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I am pretty partial to my 27" display on my Mac and the 3 24" displays on my PC. But he iPad is fun and very convenient.

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I have one from work, which came in real handy when I was working from home while on chemo treatments. Just got a personal one for the house (got tired of my wife borrowing my work comp.) My wife and I used to have card nights with the in-laws. But they move to Seattle a few months back. We still have card nights though. We each get on a laptop in different areas of our houses and play online.

-DJ

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Kerry S
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With the all this talk about computers I got to tell you a funny one.

Back in the 80s we would take our boat to our favorite lake for vacation. The only problem was the resort was very popular so we had to make our reservations a year in advance.

When my wife had her monthly cycle, she had a special broom that came out of the closet and the idea of boating and swimming was out of the question. She also did not have the most dependable body clock. Now I had Lotus 123 on my home computer. I got a great idea of tracking this unpredictable cycle with a Lotus spreadsheet. You know, you can’t manage if you don’t measure.

Well, I can tell you that I got to the point that I could always project a year in advance what week was vacation week after that. I never missed!!!

I would print out graphs for her and she would take them to her Gynecologist. He loved them. Damn you should have seen that graph go nuts when she hit the change.

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msccolon
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You ARE old, and I guess I am as well as I can remember programming spreadsheets in that as well!
mary

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TxKayaker
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I can barely remember going to application development school for Lotus Notes as well as Quattro Pro. Lot's water has pasted under that bridge.

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Kerry S
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I still use Lotus 123. I track everything from electric use to logs in the woodstove. Its really great to track medical expense for the tax man. I also have excel and hate it.

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TxKayaker
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I had 123 but went to Quattro Pro & then on to Excel I have no problems with any of them I might still have 123 on 8" floppies somewhere maybe in the attic. Could be melted by now in the Dallas heat.

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msccolon
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If it's not melted, good luck finding a working drive that'll read it :)
mary

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Never heard of 8" floppies, only the 5 1/4 and 3 1/2 ones.
I would think if it was 8", it wouldn't be "floppy"
;-0

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TxKayaker
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Origins, the 8-inch disk
See also: Table of 8-inch floppy formats

Drawings from IBM Floppy Disk Drive PatentsIn 1967, IBM gave their San Jose, California storage development center a task to develop a simple and inexpensive system for loading microcode into their System/370 mainframes in a process called Initial Control Program Load (ICPL). The 370 was the first IBM computer to use read/write semiconductor memory for microcode, and whenever the power was turned off the microcode had to be reloaded (System/370's predecessor, System/360, used non-volatile read-only memory for microcode). Normally this task would be done with tape drives which almost all 370 systems included, but tapes were large and slow. IBM wanted something faster and lighter that could also be sent out to customers with software updates for $5.

Us old timers remember these!!!

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PhillieG
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I started out with the 8088's and the 5 1/4 ones.
Who has and old steam powered computer? Any of you guys?
;-)

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Kerry S
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Wow, does that bring back memory. You are right on the floppy drive.

I started in computers in 67 at a service bureau selling time sharing on an SDS 940. You would program in basic. We also had a 360/30 with 64K and 4 2311s. We thought we were big stuff when we go a 360/65 with a 9 mod 2314 drive.

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