The new laptop has Windows 7. Having actually read all the way through the Micro$oft license agreement, I now feel unclean. It's as bad as Monsanto. But, publishers tend to prefer submissions in .doc format. But, Office 2010 is going to be a chore to get used to. But, there is also a little bit of work-related benefit to being familiar with all the latest stuff. I did at least download Firefox.
Anyway, new laptop is a Samsung RV511. Reviews were good, and it had what I was looking for: agreeable full-size keyboard with buttons all in the right places, runs cool and quiet, reasonably priced, sufficient number and placement of USB ports and other holes, etc.
So far, I'm pleased. I would have liked better speakers - it is possible to get a laptop with a good sound system, it just costs. I was having trouble with cursor-hop, but this