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Pamster
07-20-2008, 06:33 PM
Just curious as to what everyone has and uses, I on only referring to those of us who use computers for writing, as I am thinking of buying a new laptop, it would be my first, and I want to know what my peers are using. So what are the pros and cons of using what you do? I'd love to hear from you guys so sound off please! ;) :D

Williebee
07-20-2008, 06:47 PM
Almost always a laptop. Often with a separate USB keyboard. I can set it up as a desktop, and then unplug it and haul it to writer's meetings, critique groups, or to the park.

For the last 6 years it's been
this (http://www.compusales.com.mx/images/GATEWAY%20M675%20PAGINA.jpg) Gateway laptop, for both work and writing. It's been a great workhorse. Great video, full size keyboard.

The next one is going to be smaller, either an ASUS (http://www.laptoppicker.com/archives/asus-eee-2g-surf-laptop.jpg) or the HP Mini (http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2008/080408xc.html). I've test driven both, and been equally impressed with their performance. Both accept the separate USB full size keyboard. (The small screen is fine by me, but the keyboards are too small for speed writing.)

The change is a desire for 1) longer battery life, and 2) more portability. (The 675 isn't portable, it's luggable.)

A note: Both are available with Linux or Windows operating systems. If you aren't used to tinkering with the hows and whys of computer operating systems, and you don't have a personal geek to count on, I'd recommend sticking with the Windows OS.

Jenifer
07-20-2008, 06:48 PM
I would probably use a laptop more if I had a better one. My Mac notebook is, er, aged- and actually just ate the detailed character descriptions I'd done...

Otherwise it's a combination of the three. Laptop, desktop, pen and paper. It just depends on what I have in front of me at any given time.

joyce
07-20-2008, 06:50 PM
Since I don't own a laptop, I guess I'm desktop. One day when my rich uncle gets out of the poor house, I'm going to buy me one of those new fangled laptops!:D

Pamster
07-20-2008, 06:51 PM
Cool Williebee! I like that full size keyboard on the laptop, I would get a mouse and speakers for it, thinking of a Dell XPS 1530 as a first choice with a 9 cell battery of course. LOL! ;) So do you find it freeing to be able to write anywhere you want to? I have always been stuck to a desktop...it's really a drag when its great weather outside so that is part of why I want a laptop. :)

I know what you mean Joyce, I like my desktop, but I want a laptop...LOL!

darrtwish
07-20-2008, 06:55 PM
I have a desktop, but I really, really, really want to have a laptop. My parents are forever complaining that I don't spend enough time outside (due to smog and humidity, thank you Detroit) and with a laptop I might actually spend some time outside, so I can work on my WIP and such without having to be cooped up all day, every day. I kind of hate my desktop. It's old (2003) and it takes up a HUGE amount of space on my desk. I don't have any room for anything else.

Jersey Chick
07-20-2008, 07:02 PM
I use a laptop - which I love since I can take it anywhere. I replaced my desktop about 7 years ago, and haven't looked back. I'm on my second laptop (a Toshiba) and my only complaint about it has to do with the OS (Windows Vista - blech) instead of the machine itself.

Mel
07-20-2008, 07:02 PM
Laptop. Strangely enough my split keyboard on my desktop bothers my hands more than the laptop does. Also, the mouse doesn't do my wrists any favors these days. With the laptop I can switch back and forth with my hands to point and click or move the cursor. Much better for me.

I picked up an AlphaSmart 2000 on ebay recently so am doing a bit of writing on that too. Love the no heat and batteries, but still getting used to the keyboard and small screen. Not really a laptop but good for zero distractions.

dwellerofthedeep
07-20-2008, 07:08 PM
I use a laptop but I used to use a desktop.

Pamster
07-20-2008, 07:18 PM
Sounds like laptops outnumber the desktops so far. :D I think it will be a great machine for me and I am excited about it. :D Thanks for the replies everyone! :D

Jenifer
07-20-2008, 07:20 PM
I picked up an AlphaSmart 2000 on ebay recently so am doing a bit of writing on that too. Love the no heat and batteries, but still getting used to the keyboard and small screen. Not really a laptop but good for zero distractions.

I love you! :D The majority of the pen and paper writing I do is at work, where laptops are forbidden - casino, sigh. After you posted this I went scouting, and picked one up for $20 on eBay. Even if it's junk, it's just $20, and if it works well... I'm in love!

blueobsidian
07-20-2008, 07:26 PM
I use a desktop and when I need to go out I have an Alphasmart Neo. I don't have a need to use the internet or other functions that a laptop would provide, so my Neo helps make sure that I spend my time writing instead of playing solitaire.

But I also have a really, really bad track record with laptops. I had one that lived to the ripe old age of seven, but since then every one that comes into my posession up and dies on me.

thethinker42
07-20-2008, 08:04 PM
Laptop, because I'm usually hanging out on the couch with my husband, or writing somewhere other than my office. I love my laptop. I've written in restaurants, at the library, on a plane, etc.

Indy Tarquinson
07-20-2008, 08:11 PM
Laptop, but I really want a desktop because the close screen is killer on my eyeballs (I have a 17 inch) and the keypad is killer on my back (cause I tend to get lazy and hunch over). I'm only 22 too. Sigh. XD This thing is annoying to port around too, it's heavy, bulky and big. But it's served me well these past few years.

Linda Adams
07-20-2008, 08:12 PM
I have a desktop. If I bought I new computer, it would also be a desktop. I compared the prices, and I'd get less features on a laptop than if I bought a desktop. I also don't see the point of spending more for something that's pretty much going to stay in one place.

oarsman
07-20-2008, 08:24 PM
I use both desktop and laptop. I have an older desktop at my desk at home that I am using right now, but I also have a laptop that I use when I travel or to get away from the desk (the kitchen table, couch, deck, or on the floor). I use a USB drive to keep my latest work available to use on either one.

Adam Israel
07-20-2008, 08:31 PM
Depends. My first (and sometimes second) drafts are handwritten. After that, though, I type them up on my laptop. I prefer the portability. I can write from my office, the couch, a comfy chair upstairs, the local coffee shop or a hotel when I'm on the road.

san_remo_ave
07-20-2008, 09:04 PM
Desktop and AlphaSmart. I often use my office laptop for online research if on the road or at the office, but deliberately try to avoid actual writing on company resources.

Barb D
07-20-2008, 09:15 PM
I'm sitting here on my couch with my MacBook on my lap! I adore the Mac. It's so much faster than any PC I've ever used, and I like Pages (the Mac word processor) better than Word, too. I can convert a Pages document to Word if I need to send it to someone on a PC.

Plus if I ever have a problem with it I can just take it to the Apple store at the mall, and there are people right there who can help me.

ETA: I never have had a problem with it, FWIW. My daughter had a question about hers, and we took it in and got answers right away. (She couldn't figure out how to save MP3 files, and they showed her how to do it with Garage Band.)

wyntermoon
07-20-2008, 09:23 PM
Laptop primarily but it used to be desktop. I bought a new laptop (HP) for my birthday so I want to keep all writing in one place instead of scattered between the desktop/laptop/thumb drive. My other laptop has a 17" screen and it was just too bulky so I have the more delicate 15.4" screen now and love it. :)

ejket
07-20-2008, 09:28 PM
I have a desktop. If I bought I new computer, it would also be a desktop. I compared the prices, and I'd get less features on a laptop than if I bought a desktop. I also don't see the point of spending more for something that's pretty much going to stay in one place.
I agree: you get more bang for your buck with a desktop. I buy the components and put mine together myself. I'd hate to spend the money on a laptop to get equivalent power.

I do own a cheap laptop that I never use, but which is perfectly good for writing... except that I hate the keyboard, and my lap is the last place I'd want to put it. I find it uncomfortable to use except on a tabletop, and then I still want an accessory keyboard, mouse, and monitor. So what's the point?

I guess the whole coffee shop computer thing could be appealing at times just to get out of the house, but I'd as soon make notes with pen and paper. However, in spite of this tirade, I am a bit curious about the really tiny notebooks like the Asus eee. These are cheap, minimal, light, available with a solid state drive and Linux, and I might consider one of these one day for taking to work.

SirWill01
07-20-2008, 09:46 PM
I use a laptop, myself. I got it as a gift from my dad, a few years ago, and I've kept it running since. Before I got it, I was writing with pen and paper, which on the plus side made it real easy to check on my progress. On the negative side, it took up a lot more room, even with the wireless keyboard plugged into it.

*shrugs* Anyway, thanks dad!

Shadow_Ferret
07-20-2008, 09:53 PM
I always used my desktop and the desktop was in the basement, so I always felt isolated from what was going on. Like I was being punished. Then we got a laptop and I felt so liberated. I could use it in the living room while the family watched TV. I could take it outside and use it on the lawn swing while enjoying the outside. I could take it on trips and still get writing done.

Now we have two laptops. I'd never go back to a restrictive desktop.

Danger Jane
07-20-2008, 10:06 PM
Laptop. I'm on my third--the first two were basic, inexpensive Compaq Presarios, but now with the second one dying on me I've bought myself a Macbook. The keyboard's nice, it's light, and it has much better specs, but on the other hand, Windows was working just fine for me and this screen is probably sharper but it's not shiny, so it's somewhat harder on the eyes.

I can barely bring myself to write on a desktop computer. Don't know what it is, but something about that 19 inch screen and separate keyboard and uncomfortable chair...daunts me. Anything I write on paper tends to be crap a degree or two below my typical writing, so I save that for planning, notes, whatever.

girlyswot
07-20-2008, 10:18 PM
Laptop. I do a lot of writing in bed.

C.M. Daniels
07-20-2008, 10:40 PM
Pen and paper for me.

Though, when it comes to putting my submissions together, after my typist has done all the transcribing (or the few times when I'm actually able to do it myself), I prefer my aging iBook G4 leaps and bounds over my desktop (windows) machine.

BlueLucario
07-20-2008, 10:42 PM
I'm currently using a desktop. But I'd love to get a laptop. I use my brother's just for writing. I'd prefer that because, I'm in my room, and no one can bother me. I hate it when someone knocks on my door, or bugs me to take the trash out, especially when I'm so absorbed in my own writing. If any one bugs me, I don't care who they are, I could just scream and lash out.

Just goes to show you, I don't like being disturbed.

blacbird
07-20-2008, 10:54 PM
I have a laptop and two desktop computers, one at home, the other at my business, and use them all for writing, depending where I am. Oh, and yeah, also always in my possession, for the same purpose: A couple of yellow legal pads and three or four pens, one of them red.

caw

Scribhneoir
07-20-2008, 11:21 PM
Laptop. I've got a desktop, too, but it's crammed into a corner of my bedroom and isn't very pleasant to work at. That's the problem with a small apartment -- no room for a proper office.

I love the portability of a laptop. I like to write away from home, because at home I find myself saying things like "this scene will go much better after I polish the kitchen cabinets" and off I trot to the store for lemon oil. It's so much easier to focus at the local eatery, where there's the white noise of other patrons and a time limit due to battery life. I don't know whether to be pleased or abashed that the staff of a local Jack-in-the-Box has taken to bringing my food to the table so as not to interrupt me by making me fetch it myself.

I keep eyeing the AlphaSmarts because of their long-lived AA batteries, but I'm afraid the small screen would irritate me. So for now, I'm sticking to my laptop.

Harper K
07-20-2008, 11:48 PM
I primarily use a laptop -- a bulky Toshiba I've abused for the last 5 years, though it's never given me a single problem.

Sometimes it's nice to write on a desktop, though. It makes me less fidgety. Sometimes I use my husband's gaming desktop, or I sneak into my office during an off-time and use my gigantic computer there. I have two 19-inch flatscreen monitors set up side by side. It's a fantastic setup for editing or rewriting -- outline / notes or previous draft on one side, and new draft on the other.

Inky
07-20-2008, 11:54 PM
Laptop with Logitech wireless keyboard/mouse and logitech USB speakers that rock!
(can get 'em via http://www.tigerdirect.com )

But if working a difficult scene, I prefer the old fashioned way: Pen & paper--graph paper to be exact.

benbradley
07-21-2008, 12:21 AM
Desktop, and a 21" old-fashioned CRT monitor with video resolution set at 1600x1200 and 70Hz refresh rate. But that's not important now...

The important part is the keyboard, a true-blue IBM PS/2 "Model M". I have several, one for each computer I have. I like the clicky, it makes a Real Sound when each key is activated, sort of like a typewriter.

I'd have no problem using a laptop, provided it has the "old-fashioned" PS/2 keyboard port on it where I could plug in this keyboard, but I think most modern laptops don't have that anymore, you have to use a USB port for an external keyboard.

Clair Dickson
07-21-2008, 12:27 AM
My desktop has the Indestructible Keyboard that works perfectly and lasts forever. My goal in life is to type this keyboard to DEATH. So far, all keys are PERFECT and it's going on 14 years old. With several hundred thousand words typed, I'm sure. =)

My laptop, on the other hand, has a funky keyboard with space bar that has to be hit *just right* which quickly irritates me. Plus, my laptop tends to, um, get really, really hot. I just bought a cooling pad for it, but that's kind of bulky.

(Note-- do research on whether your laptop of choice has overheating problems, some brands/ types are more prone to this. Like the Toshiba Satellite...)

Mandy-Jane
07-21-2008, 02:38 AM
Mine's a desktop but I would SO love a laptop. It's freezing in the room I write in and I just want to be able to grab my computer and go sit by the warm fire instead of down here in the Antarctic!

kuwisdelu
07-21-2008, 03:56 AM
Laptop all the way. I love my white MacBook. And Pages is so much more aesthetic than Word, for me. Not to mention I hate desktop's bulky keyboards. If I had my way, physical buttons would be gone from keyboards entirely. I'm always moving around, so I need my MacBook, and it's always served me well. It's pretty much always with me, so I can get editing done anywhere, too. I can't imagine being tied down to a computer that doesn't move around with me again. (Or being tied down to Windows, for that matter.)

WendyNYC
07-21-2008, 04:10 AM
I have a laptop and two desktop computers, one at home, the other at my business, and use them all for writing, depending where I am. Oh, and yeah, also always in my possession, for the same purpose: A couple of yellow legal pads and three or four pens, one of them red.

caw

I'm like you. All 3. I usually use my MacBook, but I can easily write at my desktop or by hand, depending on my mood.

I have trouble making decisions.

scheherazade
07-21-2008, 04:16 AM
I still do a lot of writing freehand because I tend to work outside the home and Word gets me into an essay or business-report mindset sometimes.

But since I've started taking workshops I've been doing more writing on the computer, since I'm going to have to type it up anyway. Sometimes I start on paper, type it up and then expand on the computer. Then print it out, edit, write a few more ideas... pretty circular between the two.

I currently have a laptop. I'm not crazy about it. It's good if you want to take it with you somewhere, work on the train or at the coffee shop, but I'd rather write freehand than lug around a heavy computer. The problem with the laptop is it's not ergonomically designed. The screen is too low and the keyboard too high and too far away. I have a wireless keyboard that I also use, which helps reduce shoulder tension, but it's still not ideal. I found it more comfortable to write during downtime at work, where I had a desktop computer with a keyboard tray, ergonomic chair, and proper lighting.

I need to buy a new computer soon. My laptop harddrive is too small and it's difficult/expensive to upgrade a laptop (mine's 6 years old, so it's basically better just to buy a whole new system at this point). I'm undecided whether to buy a laptop or a desktop. I'm thinking about moving abroad in a year or so, so I'll probably buy a laptop for that reason. But I may buy a better wireless keyboard and a large monitor so I can basically run my laptop like a desktop.

Pamster
07-21-2008, 04:18 AM
Great replies everyone! I feel better about wanting a laptop now. :D LOL! ;)

kuwisdelu
07-21-2008, 04:57 AM
Great replies everyone! I feel better about wanting a laptop now. :D LOL! ;)

If you're often on-the-go or even would just like to work different places in the house, I'd definitely suggest getting a laptop. If you don't mind being tied down to one spot, a desktop is definitely a much better deal as far as price-to-power ratios go. But personally, as a student who takes one to class every day, to my parent's, on vacations, on road trips, I can't imagine using a desktop. I don't even like being tied down to one area of my apartment. If I want to write in bed, I can write in bed. If I want to write on the couch, I write in the couch. If I want to write by the window and smoke, I write by the window and smoke. Definitely worth it for me.

But that said, I know plenty of people who have bought laptops only to leave them set up on a desk, in one position, and never bother moving them. Just ask yourself what kind of person you'd be. Will it see movement? Get one. Do you not see a reason to write anywhere but your favorite desk? Don't bother, save the money on a good desktop.

Jersey Chick
07-21-2008, 05:10 AM
I envy all you who write longhand. I'd love to do it, but I've got the writing of a serial killer and have enough trouble reading my own notes. I can't imagine trying to decipher x amount of pages of my chicken scratch. **shudders**

I thought about getting a iBook or iMac or whatever the newest Apple laptop when I replaced my old Sony Vaio, but in the end I went with the Toshiba. This one's actually my second Toshiba, since the first one the computer dudes at the local big-box store screwed up on me and ended up damaging it. Said big-box store replaced it and fortunately for them, I hadn't transferred all my files from the Sony over to it. Blood would have spilled if I had...

Of course, the newer one does flaky stuff on me as well - makes using it an adventure sometimes... like when the windows resize on their own. Or close. Or I click on an internet tab and the start menu pops up. I just never know what's going to happen...

geardrops
07-21-2008, 06:04 AM
Narrow-ruled legal pad, white.

http://img.thefind.com/images/QQBjtT_APo1hGsPuACaG_LS0zORUhoySkgIrff3k_LyS1LwSvd SSzJzMqlS95PxcfVMDA31DA0MDAzNTE1NjvayCdAYA?r=2

Pilot Varsity pen.

http://images.buzzillions.com/images_products/07/52/pilot_varsity_disposable_fountain_pen_reviews_5943 34_raw.jpg

Madison
07-21-2008, 09:05 AM
I just - like just just - got a brand new laptop! My first very own :) and I'm super excited! Very mobile and happily all mine. I can write till my fingers snap off and no one will kick me off the keyboard

nerds
07-21-2008, 03:08 PM
Laptop only, have never owned a desktop or towers or any of the stuff, the clunkiness of it all would drive me bonkers.


Also pen and paper, for writing, I do all of my initial drafting and notes in longhand.

caromora
07-21-2008, 03:22 PM
I use both, depending--or I would if my laptop weren't broken. Before it croaked, my laptop was my primary writing computer. I used my desktop for my editing job, but sometimes I'd switch--take the laptop outside and edit, or sit at my desk and write.

There are benefits to both. If you're one of those people who work best when they write at the same place, at the same time each day--go for the desktop. If you like to move around, go for the laptop.

Desperado
07-21-2008, 04:56 PM
I use a desktop... But only because I can't afford a laptop. I really want one, too many distractions on my desktop computer. Plus of course you can't exaclty haul your desktop PC with you everywhere (especially my giant one.)

Shadow_Ferret
07-21-2008, 05:15 PM
I envy all you who write longhand. I'd love to do it, but I've got the writing of a serial killer and have enough trouble reading my own notes. I can't imagine trying to decipher x amount of pages of my chicken scratch. **shudders**
Me too. My writing is horrible and if I don't transcibe it immediately, I often forget what half of it says and can't decipher it. Plus, my hand cramps up within minutes, making it even harder to read.

But I've found that over the years, since I switched to 'puters, that I hate the whole transciption process anyway. It seems tediously unnecessary and boring having to retype everything I handwrote. (It was all part of the process back in the day when I had a typewriter, but now... *yawn*)

And unlike CM Daniels, I don't have a personal typist. ;)

Maryn
07-21-2008, 05:17 PM
I'm fortunate enough to have a private area for my computer, and unfortunate enough to be a shy stay-home person, so a desktop is absolutely the right choice for me. On bold days, when I may want to write in a coffee shop or something, I've got a nice leatherbound notebook that holds legal pads and a couple of Pilot G-2 finepoints. I've probably written no more than a couple dozen pages a year that way, though.

Maryn, hermit in training

sheadakota
07-21-2008, 05:30 PM
I am on my third laptop- this one a cheap acer I had to buy when my hp died unexpectanctly on me- I would love a mac airbook just for the size but am afraid of the learnng curve- never had a mac and have no idea how they work- anyway LOVE my laptop- Don't take it outside as much as I would like because the screeen is too hard to see in sunlight-

tehuti88
07-21-2008, 05:36 PM
A desktop, simply because I don't think I can afford a laptop and even if I could I have no clue how to properly operate one--all the things one has to worry about--battery life, reliability, whether it has the programs I need, how to properly transfer files from it to the PC, etc. etc. I've never used one and have only ever seen them used from afar--they seem like mystical objects to me--so I have no idea. I'd be so worried about breaking it or something.

It sure would be convenient to be able to type anywhere, though. :(

Danger Jane
07-21-2008, 06:45 PM
A desktop, simply because I don't think I can afford a laptop and even if I could I have no clue how to properly operate one--all the things one has to worry about--battery life, reliability, whether it has the programs I need, how to properly transfer files from it to the PC, etc. etc. I've never used one and have only ever seen them used from afar--they seem like mystical objects to me--so I have no idea. I'd be so worried about breaking it or something.

It sure would be convenient to be able to type anywhere, though. :(

Laptops are pretty much exactly like PCs, just smaller. Battery life? There's an icon in the start tray (for windows) that tells you how much juice is left. Reliability? Talk to a computer-savvy friend. Programs? Ask the salesman what it comes with. File transfers? Burn a DVD or CD, email the files, get a nice big flash drive.

They're actually surprisingly hard to break because they're designed (mostly) with the understanding that people are gonna be lugging them around, potentially dropping them, etc. I had two Compaq Presarios, which were pretty inexpensive, now around $450, and the first I unwittingly threw across the room*, the second I dropped, screenside, against the corner of a brick fireplace, and both worked perfectly for a long time after that.

Not sure if I'd recommend the Presario just because they seem to be pretty unreliable long-term. The first one lasted two years before the screen turned pink, the second lasted one before pixels started dying and the touchpad stoppped working. Granted, that one saw heavy use as it was my primary computer.

Storm Dream
07-21-2008, 08:31 PM
Desktop and laptop, both HPs. =D Just got the new lappy at a post-July 4th sale and am lovin' it. (I loved my old laptop, too, but it was of a previous generation and much heavier.)

I love the laptop for its portability, but my entire music collection is on my desktop. If I feel like chillin' in the chair, looking out the window, I use the desktop. If I'm on the road or just want to slug around in bed while editing, out comes the lappy. Best of both worlds.

Pamster
07-21-2008, 08:44 PM
That is what I am leaning towards, using one for one thing and the other for the other. Thanks so much for posting everyone, I think it's good to have both if you can afford it. :D

Alexandra Little
07-21-2008, 10:46 PM
I picked laptop, but that's the only choice I have (dorm living).

AdamH
07-21-2008, 10:51 PM
First draft, paper and pen. I just like the ability to pull it out anywhere I want and write without needing to power up anything besides my imagination.

After that, I prefer a laptop for the freedom so I can pluck out any other drafts.

Alpha Echo
07-21-2008, 10:59 PM
At home, I prefer my laptop b/c even when I'm writing, I prefer to be in the company of others. If I use my laptop, I can go anywhere with it.

At work, where I do most of my writing, I use my desktop b/c that's what I'm paid to use. :)

Write4U2
07-22-2008, 12:20 AM
I use a Dell desktop computer. It's new, actually, and I bought it now because I like XP and Microsoft is phasing it out. Dumbest move they'll ever make. The new computer has the latest version of Windows and MS Office.

Laptops don't work for me on a daily basis. I use an ergonomic keyboard, and a very large monitor. The tiny-ness of the laptop is off-putting for me.

I have a vaio notebook for travel. I have my manuscript saved on both my desktop and a memory stick. I can travel with it and work on the road.

Quossum
07-22-2008, 02:08 AM
I do my first drafts longhand, in spiral notebooks, with fountain pens filled with inks of various colors. They make me feel very connected to my writing.

For typing up the work and subsequent editing, I have a gorgeous green laptop. It stays set up in one place a lot, but I can also carry it around to the coffeeshop, my easy chair, or even to bed. I love it. I back up my writing on a thumb drive each night. I do own a desktop as well, but I use it for photo storage and email, the laptop for writing and playing on the internet.

--Q

Marko Kloos
07-22-2008, 05:05 AM
I use an Alphasmart Neo, which beats any laptop hands down when it comes to banging out first drafts. I bought it almost a year ago, and I still have 85% charge left on the original three AA batteries that came in the box. That's after having written most of a 89,000-word novel, lots of chapters for other projects, and countless articles and blog entries on the Neo.

Best of all, there's no Internet to distract from the job at hand.

Formatting and revision is done on the desktop using Word 2007, but for first drafts, the Neo is the best invention since the pen and notepad.

Scribhneoir
07-22-2008, 08:14 AM
Plus of course you can't exaclty haul your desktop PC with you everywhere

You'd think so, wouldn't you? But a few weeks ago I saw a fellow in the library who had done just that. He had his stuff spread out on a table -- monitor, keyboard, mouse and even a printer. The tower was strapped to a set of luggage wheels sitting next to the table and a box that I assumed had held the rest of the gear was tucked in the corner. First and only time I've ever seen anyone take a desktop traveling.

Writer2011
07-22-2008, 08:19 AM
I do it the old fashioned way--on pencil and paper :) I did it long before computers were readily available. But its just my style you know.

kuwisdelu
07-22-2008, 10:27 AM
You'd think so, wouldn't you? But a few weeks ago I saw a fellow in the library who had done just that. He had his stuff spread out on a table -- monitor, keyboard, mouse and even a printer. The tower was strapped to a set of luggage wheels sitting next to the table and a box that I assumed had held the rest of the gear was tucked in the corner. First and only time I've ever seen anyone take a desktop traveling.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3273/2456380161_0b1e3258f6.jpg?v=1209655860

Look very, very closely.

Screw your MacBook! The iMac: Laptop of the Future.

Won't fit on your lap, but a Panera table works just fine!

http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/imac1_wideweb__470x316,2.jpg

That said...a whole friggin' tower? An iMac is one thing. But damn.

Writer2011
07-22-2008, 10:40 AM
Looks good--the iMac I mean :)

ATP
07-22-2008, 11:58 AM
Currently, a particularly old and slow desktop.

Soon (cross my fingers) I will purchase a modern desktop with much everything: faster, larger hard disk, larger screen, much more ram, etc.
I am going to be needing this for the work that I will be doing and field that I will be moving into.

Laptop? Am examining laptops, ultraportables.

The new net-books and net-tops are impractical because of the size of my fingers and work demands.

ErylRavenwell
07-22-2008, 12:27 PM
All the above. Laptop most of the time, but I don't like the compact keyboard of my Presario and my thumb keeps touching the mouse-touch pad each time I press the spacebar.

Cranky
07-22-2008, 01:47 PM
I use both, and even pen and paper now and again.

I don't write much more than blog posts on the desktop, though. I do all my heavy lifting sort of writing for the laptop.

If I get stuck, I grab a pen and paper and head outside or to the kitchen table to work. Like Maryn, I am something of a homebody *grins*, and I couldn't imagine trying to write in a coffee shop or something like that. I'd be too distracted (people watching is a favorite hobby of mine, and I don't like coming off as a stalker). It's better for me to stay home and hit the Starbucks drive thru.

ETA: Speaking of which, if I'm gonna be up this early, I should move over to the lappy and get some work done while it's still quiet.

Enraptured
07-22-2008, 02:35 PM
I use a desktop, except when I'm traveling or during a power failure. It's a lot more comfortable for me physically - I have to do strange things with my arms and back to type on the laptop keyboard and see the screen adequately.

Write4U2
07-22-2008, 07:30 PM
All the above. Laptop most of the time, but I don't like the compact keyboard of my Presario and my thumb keeps touching the mouse-touch pad each time I press the spacebar.

I have a problem with the laptop mouse. I bought a small wireless mouse for travel, but they're so fragile they don't last very long. So, when I use my vaio, I just make myself NOT get frustrated.http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u122/scooter2_photos/patience.gif

Shadow_Ferret
07-22-2008, 07:39 PM
You'd think so, wouldn't you? But a few weeks ago I saw a fellow in the library who had done just that. He had his stuff spread out on a table -- monitor, keyboard, mouse and even a printer. The tower was strapped to a set of luggage wheels sitting next to the table and a box that I assumed had held the rest of the gear was tucked in the corner. First and only time I've ever seen anyone take a desktop traveling.
Remember the Osbourne transportable? I remember drooling over this back in the 80s, wanting one so badly.
http://images.pcworld.com/opinion/graphics/137988-osbourne.jpg


I have a problem with the laptop mouse. I bought a small wireless mouse for travel, but they're so fragile they don't last very long. So, when I use my vaio, I just make myself NOT get frustrated.http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u122/scooter2_photos/patience.gifThe mousePAD or those little teeny tiny baby mouses that often come bundled with laptops?



I'll admit, when I first got my laptop, I was at the time, a long time mouse user and could not figure out how to use those mousepads to save my life. Years of mousing around had made that second nature and I had to THINK to use the mousepad.



Now? I can use a mousepad nearly as efficiently as a mouse. Just took practice and determination.

creamofmushroom
07-22-2008, 07:41 PM
whatever is available to me at the moment.

Scribhneoir
07-23-2008, 07:01 AM
That said...a whole friggin' tower? An iMac is one thing. But damn.

Yep, the whole friggin' tower. That's what made me stop and look twice. I'm still wondering why he bothered. I mean, why not just use one of the library's computers rather than carting around a whole desktop system?

kuwisdelu
07-23-2008, 07:04 AM
Yep, the whole friggin' tower. That's what made me stop and look twice. I'm still wondering why he bothered. I mean, why not just use one of the library's computers rather than carting around a whole desktop system?

No home internet connection and didn't want to leave a trail of porn for the librarians to find?

Jersey Chick
07-23-2008, 07:13 AM
I loved my Vaio - I wore the letters off most of the keys and there were indentations in a lot of them as well, a huge divot in the space bar from where my thumb always struck and I was too cheap to replace the keyboard pad. I like to think it had a lot of personality when I was through with it. I kept it even though the hard drive is ridculously small and I can't make it recognize my new DSL line. I figure if this new one flakes on me, at least I can still use the old Vaio to write on. :D

The Toshiba's okay - but it does some wonky things on me. And it came loaded with Vista. I don't like Vista, though I am used to it. I liked XP a lot better. Damn Microsoft...

lucky8
07-24-2008, 05:52 PM
I use a laptop and couldn't imagine going back to a desktop. I find that I need the flexibility of being able to write whenever and wherever I get a spare moment. Currently I'm using a 12" PowerBook but am quite tempted to purchase one of the netbooks or a MacBook Air.

Claudia Gray
07-24-2008, 06:07 PM
I used to write on a desktop very happily -- until I got a laptop. Now I find I am much more comfortable writing on a laptop and suffer fewer back and neck aches.

I still have a desktop, which I use for most of my e-mail, websurfing, iTunes, Photoshop, etc. And it's actually helped me a LOT to have a computer that I think of as being almost entirely for writing and another for "goofing off."

Deccydiva
07-24-2008, 06:11 PM
I had a laptop which blew up one day - it was the hard disc that went and nothing was recoverable so that was the end of it. I had just lost my job at that point so I went for a desktop which had a better spec for the same money. As I am largely housebound it's not a problem.

III
07-24-2008, 06:13 PM
IBM Thinkpad Laptop. It's like 2 lbs. and has a 6 hour battery.

cray
07-24-2008, 06:15 PM
... 6 hour battery.

sweeeeet

CBumpkin
07-24-2008, 09:08 PM
I started out with a Windows Desktop and then switched to a Windows Laptop. It didn't make any difference to me because they both frustrated me and caused me to hate computers. This January I switched to an iMac (Apple Desktop). I now enjoy computers again! For me, having Windows was like buying a car and having to push it everywhere I went. Having a Mac is like getting a chauffeur with the car.

I prefer desktops for comfort. I write in longhand if I'm writing outside the house. I see the convenience of laptops, I just don't like them.

I've been curious about the AlphaSmart Neo, or Dana, though.

jennifer75
07-24-2008, 10:13 PM
I started on desktop....then did laptop....but I find I'm more productive on my desktop...who knows why. For me, its all in the keyboard.

Rena Andra
07-25-2008, 07:56 AM
my compaq ate my #5! I almost forgot to hate it today. It's been in a large dell box, for about a year. I was devastated, losing about 320000 words. I have plans for that old 95 pc, including large caliber bullets, beer, and nudity. (Maybe not the nudity, but for sure the bullets!) lol
RA

BardSkye
07-25-2008, 06:41 PM
Desktop at home, pen and paper otherwise. Pen and paper don't care if you have to stand in the rain or snow while waiting for the bus.

Can't use either at work, even on lunch. I lose track of time.

BardSkye
07-25-2008, 06:42 PM
my compaq ate my #5! I almost forgot to hate it today. It's been in a large dell box, for about a year. I was devastated, losing about 320000 words. I have plans for that old 95 pc, including large caliber bullets, beer, and nudity. (Maybe not the nudity, but for sure the bullets!) lol
RA

A five-pound sledgehammer is so much more satisfying.

Sean D. Schaffer
07-30-2008, 08:44 AM
I write using an IBM Selectric II from the 70's or early 80's. Either that or a pen and paper. When forced to use a computer, I use my Compaq laptop. :)

Inkspill
07-30-2008, 09:13 AM
Laptop--started out with an ancient iBook, which I loved, but it didn't have Word, so I moved to another laptop with word. I'm still quite partial to my iBook.
I love laptops--can't beat the portability if I want to move from the bedroom to the kitchen for a quick snack between chapters, or into a room with more or less sunlight.

CreativeDreamer
07-30-2008, 09:24 AM
I have not owned a laptop, but I can totally see the benefit of having one. I have tried to write on my ancient mac laptop but I hate the way the keyboard is. I am always typing the wrong letter and back spacing. I use my desk top because I am also a gamer, so everything is on one....which is bad because I’m so easily distracted. I know those gaming icons are hiding behind my WIP. Just a few more lines...and I can go kill monsters. I'm rambling. Anyway..laptop with a real keyboard connected...or it would definitely be desktop for me!

maxmordon
07-30-2008, 10:06 AM
I can't stand writing in my (neglected under my bed for almost a year) laptop. I do most of my writings either on the computer or handwriting (in which the later makes me feel so free unlike electronic devices)

Hey! No typewriter option? I also used to write in an old typewriter

hammerklavier
07-30-2008, 06:38 PM
All of the above.

sunnyxlove
08-02-2008, 09:55 AM
I use laptop, but only because I don't have a desktop (I'm a poor college student XD)

akiwiguy
08-02-2008, 10:03 AM
I only own laptops now, but I use a wireless keyboard and mouse.

SKYwrite
08-03-2008, 02:42 AM
I write all the time, and I use a laptop. Although one reason may be because it's the only computer I have, there are also plenty others.

One huge factor is because I can take it wherever I want. If I want to write in starbucks I can take it there and write. If I want to write in a park, then I'm there. The different atmospheres no doubt help my writing, and I rarely get writer's block.

So laptop all the way. ;)

steveg144
08-03-2008, 02:46 AM
First draft: Moleskine with a fountain pen

Revising/polishing/printing: Dell Inspiron laptop

truelyana
08-03-2008, 02:48 AM
I write on the laptop as the desktop has died, and the typewriter has joined the furniture army.

RLB
08-03-2008, 03:13 AM
Yup, lost my desktop last week (RIP). Thankfully, I'd recently backed up my pictures and documents, but I lost a ton of music in the great hard drive crash. Grrr...

I do most of my writing on my laptop, flat on my belly with a pillow tucked under my chest. I have no idea why, but it's about the only way I can get anything done.

But the left hinge on my laptop that connects the screen to the base totally jammed a few weeks ago and the back cover of the screen came apart from the bevel (front border thing - I learned this term on the phone with the Gateway tech) so I can't really close it anymore and I'm afraid to jostle it too much. They're going to charge me $200 to fix it. And I lose my computer for 10 days, which wouldn't be as big a deal if my desktop hadn't picked this week to die.

Maybe I'll switch to pen and paper...

oscuridad
08-03-2008, 04:14 AM
macbook mostly using Scrivener - and notebooks with pens for those inspiration moments away from the mac.