Carl Burks is a software developer for a global financial institution. With over ten years experience in technology and software development for financial organizations and over twenty years of software experience, Carl Burks provides articles, musings and insight into technology issues, software development, and other selected topics.
As a parent you come to expect things. One day you might walk in on someone drawing on your wall with a crayon they squirreled away from a fun colouring book activity. You might walk in to see your laptop on the ground and the culprit typing merrily away.
Walls can be scrubbed or repainted but after a quick trip to the floor the plastic shell of laptop sometimes takes the brunt of the impact. When the break is near the display hinge it is but a few opens and closes away from disaster. The computer can be repurposed into something a little less portable but its days as a laptop are nearing the end.
Once you've backed up all that is left is to find a new device. When purchasing a tool that you will use on a daily basis it is important to find the right one. Depending on the situation the right one might be decided by the name of a gameshow "The Price is Right". Just shopping on price there are any number of available devices under the the $300 price point. Dealnews has 10 in that range. The cheapest Mac laptop is $1199. The Air is technically a Netbook, because it lacks an optical drive. For lack of compatibility (without triple booting), price vs. other similiarly equiped machines, and proprietary connectors Apple is off the table.