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Technology for college

Just last week someone was asking for my help – they need to get a laptop because their kid is off to college this summer. Could I help them pick something out? I went off searching the Sunday paper sale pages – ok, I surfed to the sites weekly deals pages. There wasn’t really much interesting though and as I started looking at different features it struck me I was doing this all ¬†wrong.

I called my friend and had a different suggestion. Sure, I could pick something out, but what we really need to do is sit down with his daughter and figure out what she wants. More specifically, how does she think she will use the tech at college.

What screen size does she want in a laptop? Does she even really want or need a laptop or would a tablet do? Is this something to do homework on in the evening or something that will be going into class with her? What kind of mobile phone does she currently have? Will she need extensive use of a CD/DVD drive, occasional use or is everything in the cloud?These questions will help narrow down what will suit her best – then we can look for deals!

Luckily I think we have every possible combination of screen, tablet or netbook at my house and suggested maybe my friend and his daughter come over and she can take a look at the options and see how they differ in person. If they are really lucky I might even provide dinner!

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A new calculator…

I have this fear of running out of toilet paper, so I always like to keep a good supply on hand. I have never actually run out of toilet paper so I am not quite sure where this fear has come from. Rather than spend loads of my employers health insurance money on therapy, I compromise by keeping an eye out for sales.

Buying toilet paper is very stressful though. Who would have thought it could have become such a fraught exercise!

In the good old days (when exactly?), the choices were quite simple: cheap 1-ply sandpaper or pricier 2-ply soft rolls.

Now though, oh my goodness, what choices you have: 1-ply, 2-ply, soft, softer, strong and soft, strong, a roll, a big roll, a mega roll, lotion printed, decoration imprinted…

So after all that you then have to decide which is the best buy. The supermarkets thought they were being so nice in telling you how many cents per 100 feet each costs – unless they are on sale. How do you know if the shelf price now reflects the sale price? Being smart ( and maybe a little too frugal?) you decide to see how many square feet is in each packet and then decide on the pricing from there.

No, some packs tell you how many square feet a roll is, some tell you how many inches each sheet is and how many sheets on a roll others just waffle about how many sheets they have. Hence, the need for a new calculator: $ per square inch/thickness.

The reason this all came to mind and that I even decided to write about this was because the other day I hard someone on radio or TV make a passing comment that said “like a toilet roll calculator for when you are shopping”. At this point I realized – there are other people in the world who face this challenge too!!!

I have to say at this point I am having a hard time trying to keep the zinging one-liners clean now!

“Why worry Fiona”, you say? Cause I don’t want to get ripped off on something that is going to get flushed.

“But it’s only toilet paper, Fiona”. True, but I feel it is an area where I can afford a little luxury!

As if it wasn’t diffilcult enough to shop for a car or a new mattress, now you have to gird yourself for the great toilet paper shop too!!!!

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