Both of my computers broke (laptop & desktop). I tried everything I could to fix. Erin called in a favor from a friend and my desktop is working but my laptop is toast. I'm thinking about getting a new laptop. I don't really need one though. I made due with only a desktop through all of college and the first part of grad school. If I do get one, I'm thinking about a Google Chromebook. They're weird and way different and I don't know what to think. I like part of the concept, but not other parts.
I think that I might get one if it had remote desktop compatible with both Windows and Ubuntu, a good way to compile LaTeX, and a bit more than 16GB on the hard drive (SSD). I would like to have a number pad to the right of the keyboard, but understand that this is not likely to happen. I really like that it has such a long battery life, the ability to connect to your documents no matter where you are, is made by Google, its size/weight specs, and the purported start up speed. I'm not sure how I feel about needing to be online all the time. As long as it's really easy to get on to wireless networks, I guess that's fine. The 3G option sounds cool for trips in the car and whatnot. I wonder how much a service plan would cost. I think I could make due almost all the time with just wireless. I read a post about a guy who bought the cheaper Wi-Fi only model and used the extra $ to turn his cell into a wireless hotspot or something like that.
If anybody has experience with Chromebooks, let me know...especially if I can come play with it.