So, after two years and lots of hassle, I'm giving up on the evil laptop. And I'm getting an iBook! A nice, lightweight iBook, which I hope will not weight a million tons and break down three times in two years (like this Compaq piece of pooh). You might say, "why Anna, you just left fulltime employment, perhaps you should not be spending €1700.00 on a new computer". But! When I got paid off, they gave me, to my surprise, the month and a half's pay I was owed (which I thought would be included in the redundancy package), so I actually have the money to "spare".
And I'm quite excited - I've always loved Macs, and they are the media computer of choice, so it'll actually be a practical choice too. I hope.