Re: Help – I Need Laptop Computer Recommendations

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If you’ve heard wails of angst coming from the Eastern Seaboard lately, that would be me as I come to grips with the fact that I need to invest in a laptop computer before I start writing my next book.  Unlike my first book, which I had the luxury of writing from the comfort of my own garage-office, this book, The Cheapskate Next Door (spring 2010 – Random House), will require me to embed myself with fellow cheapskates across the country so that I can learn their tricks and tell their stories.  Alas, this will require me to both buy a laptop and start wearing more than just underwear when I write.  The price we pay for our art…

So, being a low-tech cheapskate, I welcome any suggestions for what I should buy, how much I should pay (gulp), and where I should shop.  Since I plan to travel in part by bicycle, it would help to have something lightweight, compact, and durable.  Thanks for any advice you can provide.