It turns out that I had fried the mother board on the now deceased laptop. I asked how the cost of repair could be half again as much as the original cost of the computer, and was told it was the cost of labor. Well, sorry repair person! You won't be making your house payment off of me this month!
So last night was spent bookmarking sites and blogs. I had some bookmarked on the itsy bitsy teeny weeny
The new notebook has a 17.3 screen, 4 GB memory and 640 GB hard drive and battery life of 3 1/2 hours. It should serve me well. Hopefully for longer than 16 months!
And it is a bit larger than the teeny tiny Acer, isn't it? Wish me luck!