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1. My Computer
|PC or Mac
||PC is more cost effective plus more
software available, but ease of use leans towards the Mac.
||Desktops are still more cost
effective. Laptops will let you stay connected when you are away from
||Get the best configuration you can
afford since you will not likely upgrade in the near future and new
applications will soon take up any extra capacity you may have when you
start. Memory capacity and Hard Disk capacity are more important than
the fastest Processor speed.
larger the better - to see with. LCD monitors like on the Laptop are
now available for Desktops - they are much easier on the eyes.
||Colored ink jet printers are
inexpensive. If photos are of interest get a Photo Quality ink jet
printer - it will print more slowly but you will have the option to print
to find a new computer that comes with most of the software you will need.
For Example Internet Explorer (free), Outlook (Email), and Word for document
creation. Microsoft Office Small Business Edition (Word, Excel, Outlook
and Publisher) is very cost effective but it only comes as a Preconfigured
new computers. Dell Canada
offers this option - and this option will save you good money towards
the new computer.
My Internet Connection
High Speed, with a dedicated connection so that you
are on all the time is ideal. But you can also use a
slow dialup connection for almost any task you want to do on the Internet.
Service Provider (ISP)
||Bigger is not always better and
sometimes smaller does not work out either. The good news is that it
is usually easy and inexpensive with pro rata refunds, to switch if you are not happy with your current
My Internet Software