So, bought a new computer on a whim. Actually I needed something more reliable than my Acer laptop had become. The new computer is a low-end desktop — hoping the cpu speed will fit my needs. So far it’s been fine. I can do everything I could do on the laptop (and more).
It was a pretty good deal – even splurged and got a 22 inch monitor. They gave me a free (after rebates) printer too.