My Acer Aspire cost CDN$249, it has a keyboard 1 1/2" narrower than a standard size, so in a pinch, it’s not bad at all to type on. One wouldn’t wish to type for 4 hours every morning on one but half hour stints of data recording or intense notetaking are painless.
My writing is entirely focused on natural history and the philosophy thereof.
A naturalist is a representative of the reconnaissance forces that inform ecology, and while cogitation and theorising certainly have their place, an unnecessarily deskbound naturalist is somehow a misrepresentation.
I have produced volumes of hand written notes and meditations over six decades, but I have to say, there is no backing away from the word processor once it has it’s hooks in you. Until the advent of the light, low priced netbook I was never able to find a comfortable solution to this problem, not being inclined to risk a $1000 fullblown laptop on the back of a horse or vulnerable to being dropped in a lake or some other such statistically probable event.
Now I have a leather pouch containing my netbook at bellybutton level, below my binoculars, that cunningly folds forward, and voila, 3 1/2 hours of typing is possible.
If I am in my canoe, I have a 12 VDC battery that keeps it going all day and into the night, and a pringles can wireless antennae that provides (if I have line of sight) access to my lakeside home computer network.
Eureka ! ! ! !
I have been perfectly content, to date, to use common text editors, etc., and an ancient DOS, authentically cubical spreadsheet (FormalSoft-QubeCalc v3.01, circa 1986) under WinXP.
I can’t convey how tickled I am to have, this very day, downloaded Scrivener for windows. I haven’t yet done the installation because I’m not sure if It has Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x86) on it , but I don’t anticipate any problems. What I do anticipate is a substantial advance in my research capabilities.
Thanks ever so much