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A basic laptop for an old man !

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    gingibergs

    Hi everybody,

    my old uncle is a writer and has given up on using his typewriter. He has limied experience of computers but (almost) knows how to send e-mails and use MS Word. He still needs a machine, preferrably a laptop.

    So, I was hoping that someone might point out a solid machine, not too expensive and with the basic stuff (Internal WiFi card, USB's and such).

    Anyone ?

    Kindest Regards

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    W3bbo

    There was this AOL-branded laptop from CompUSA that was dirt cheap, the only catch was that you had to sign into a 12-month AOL contract and put up with all the AOL-ware on the system.

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    Minh

    Whatever laptop you buy, put OneNote on it. It's great for a writer, especially one not too computer-literate. The best feature of OneNote is you don't need to save your work. It's auto-save. A great little feature.

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    W3bbo

    Minh wrote:
    Whatever laptop you buy, put OneNote on it. It's great for a writer, especially one not too computer-literate. The best feature of OneNote is you don't need to save your work. It's auto-save. A great little feature.


    OneNote's usefulness is limited by having a laptop that lacks pen functionality.

    And to my knowledge, you can't import written dates or checklists in OneNote into Outlook.

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    Yggdrasil

    W3bbo wrote:
    OneNote's usefulness is limited by having a laptop that lacks pen functionality.


    Not at all. I use it on a laptop all the time - scribbling isn't all it's good for. I use it for taking notes in class or writing down meeting notes. The main advantages are, as Minh said, the places where it tries to extend the pen-and-paper metaphor - either in the "if you wrote it it's saved" feature or the "click anywhere and start typing", without all the tedious layout Word forces you to go through.

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