Well, having a desktop computer being my single piece of high tech equipment since my first Commodore computer in 1983, I have LEAPED into the 21st century!
I now have a cheap refurbished 13" screen Mac Laptop. Its cosmetic condition is way better than promised by the seller (on Amazon.com). It's sole intended purpose is to visit my (and the Mews) blogging friends. I figure we can visit our friends on a more regular and timely basis if we have a laptop out in the main part of the house.
I talked to my ISP and confirmed that my existing router should accept a signal from the laptop, and I have the information they SAY is sufficient to connect. It is charging now, and I will see what happens tomorrow.
According to the seller, I have 30 days to decide if I like it, but I should know on the first day. It was cheap enough to give it a try without much concern. Security is no concern, as it won't actually have any information on it. I mean, it has a good basic set of software, but I won't be keeping any files on it. If I understand correctly, just reading blogs and not even email won't leave anything to be read except my blog-visiting history, and I can't see what good that would do anyone (though I will add firewalls and such anyway if they aren't already on there).
I do think I want to download a manual for it (wasn't included) to see what I can do with it (or should not do with it for security reasons). It's portable of course, but I don't plan to use it that way. I just wanted a remote station to read blogs and possibly browse during TV commercials. It won't have connectivity to my desktop computer (I will check on that because I don't currently WANT it to). Mostly, I need to start with one feature and see how that works.
It seems a reasonable good deal for $200. The keyboard isn't full size, but it is close. And I bought a cheap wireless mouse to go with it. I typed on it a bit before I started to charge it up and I'll have to be a bit careful. But its not like I would have to use it for extensive typing.
And who knows, maybe this will get me into more of a wireless world. Which is a bit ironic, because from 1988 to 2006, I was the Telecommunications Manager at a Federal Agency overseeing policy and operations for all the landline and wireless voice services, yet never used any of the wireless stuff myself.
Looking forward to the powered-up laptop access tomorrow!