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Jo Bannister

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Re: laptop or desktop
« Reply #31 on: August 26, 2013, 10:08:03 AM »
Lap-top, but only recently.  I liked the idea of having a fixed work-station.  Now I like the idea of NOT having one.  I don't have any problems with comfort, whether I use it at a table (as now) or on a lap tray with my feet up in the sunroom.  One advantage of that is that I haven't enabled my Wi-Fi, so if I go into another room to write I can't get distracted by the internet (ie, you guys!)  Another is, if I have any problems, I can take it to a more technologically literate friend, or failing that a professional, without needing to hitch up the horsebox.

For the record, it's 15.5 in screen.  But I magnify the page to 120%.

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Re: laptop or desktop
« Reply #32 on: August 26, 2013, 01:46:51 PM »
For the record, it's 15.5 in screen.  But I magnify the page to 120%.

Another one who makes the technology work for them instead of blindly accepting the default settings ;-)

From what I hear a lot of people grumble about what Micro or Mac gives them, but never think - or dare - to change it around a bit.

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Re: laptop or desktop
« Reply #33 on: August 26, 2013, 02:20:53 PM »
I got a Lap-top, with 15-inch screen, but it sits next to and is plugged in to my 32-inch LCD TV, and I relax on the sofa with a wireless keyboard with built-in touch pad. :D

I shared this with hubby and he had the same response I did.
You obviously don't share this particular space with anyone  :o

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Re: laptop or desktop
« Reply #34 on: August 30, 2013, 05:38:53 PM »
Desktop, but that's more to do with the fact that I'm a gamer. The big screen is nice too though  :P.

The cheap laptop will do for when I'm feeling pretentious and want to write in a cafe, or when I'm travelling Europe.
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Re: laptop or desktop
« Reply #35 on: August 30, 2013, 06:04:42 PM »
  One advantage of that is that I haven't enabled my Wi-Fi, so if I go into another room to write I can't get distracted by the internet (ie, you guys!).

I agree with your intuitive knack for alleviating distractions. (How's that for a literary sentence?)

But, without the internet you lose the ability to save your work off-site and the ability to access it from other machines. Consider a compromise. Get occasional access to WiFi, or use your WiFi and work offline most of the time.

I'd hate for you to lose your WIP, or past WIPs, because of a faulty $3 piece of electronics.
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Re: laptop or desktop
« Reply #36 on: August 31, 2013, 01:25:16 PM »
I shared this with hubby and he had the same response I did.
You obviously don't share this particular space with anyone  :o

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Re: laptop or desktop
« Reply #37 on: August 31, 2013, 01:52:19 PM »
Bless you, CSW, but don't worry, I'm scrupulous about saving my work.  In multiple files on my laptop, on memory sticks, as e-mail attachments and, yes, to my desktop as well.  In fact, for scrupulous read neurotic.

Of course I access the internet - hello, here I am!  I just don't think it's helpful to be doing it 24/7.  So I take the laptop into another room when I want to concentrate, and bring it back to the phone socket when I want to connect.  Not much of an effort, just enough to make me think through my writing problems instead of wandering off to see what the world's up to instead.

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Re: laptop or desktop
« Reply #38 on: September 01, 2013, 04:18:45 AM »
I do all my writing on my laptop, and play games games and surf the web on my desktop. If I tried writing on a machine that had games on it I'd never get anything written.
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Re: laptop or desktop
« Reply #39 on: September 01, 2013, 10:24:43 AM »
I do all my writing on my laptop, and play games games and surf the web on my desktop. If I tried writing on a machine that had games on it I'd never get anything written.

The amount of writing sessions I've interrupted for Starcraft 2 confirms your theory  ;D!

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Re: laptop or desktop
« Reply #40 on: September 18, 2013, 11:39:12 AM »
On a laptop with a 13-inch screen, zoom function, and Scrivener installed.

The first laptop I ever bought had a 15-inch screen, and I found it far too awkward to be truly portable, though that may have more to do with my petite build then the portability of 15-inch laptop. The only way a could carry it comfortably was in a backpack which started at the base of neck and ended at my tailbone. I felt like I was carrying an enormous cinder block everywhere I went. Horrible!

Like Jo, I usually write in a comfy chair or in bed with my feet up. Although, I have used it in cafes (for internet) and libraries as well. That's the benefit of a laptop: you're not tied to one location so you can do your research on the same device that you do your writing.
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Re: laptop or desktop
« Reply #41 on: September 21, 2013, 10:36:31 AM »
The amount of writing sessions I've interrupted for Starcraft 2 confirms your theory  ;D!

Same with me for League of Legends  :D
But I only have a laptop, but I never had any preference as to either desktop or laptop, as long as I can get my work done and without distraction. If I had both, I'd still have games on both so I'd be stuck in that prospective.