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  • Cathy Bland
    Hi! Here s some background information that may help you help me! My name is Cathy and this time next year, my family will be living aboard The Pelican. My
    Message 1 of 3 , Dec 23, 2005
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      Hi! Here's some background information that may help you help me!
      My name is Cathy and this time next year, my family will be living
      aboard The Pelican. My husband has been building Pelican for about 6
      years now and she is almost ready to put in the water. We had planned
      on put Pelican in the water in June on the Miss. Gulf Coast but
      Katrina has changed all that...as of now, we will wait until Nov. 2006.
      I will be retiring in May '06 as a library media specialist at a
      high school here in Mississippi. We will live aboard Pelican from
      Nov. - Apr. or May each year.
      My daughter will be 13 when we move aboard and will have completed
      the 7th grade. I have been 'studying' up on homeschooling for a while
      now but have not decided which program to use or whether to use the
      Miss. Dept. of Ed.'s state guidelines and go from there.
      I am, however, at the point that I am thinking about a laptop
      purchase for my daugher to use (I think that we will probably be a two
      laptop family!)
      Does anyone has any suggestions???? I am open to any and all
      suggestions as to brand, memory, screen size, programs (Word and Excel
      are musts and I'm thinking about PowerPoint). I'm considering a Dell
      because I have a Dell that I use here at home in our business but I'm
      open to all suggestions, etc.
      Any help would be greatly appreciated because I'm thinking of
      making her purchase soon.
      I'm looking forward to meeting all of you online and some of you
      maybe in person, one day. We will be cruising the Texas, La., Miss.,
      Ala., FL coastlines and will spent a lot of time in the Keys.
      Till next time....Fair Winds, my new friends.
    • Mason McDaniel
      ... Hmm. Wasn t signed in properly before. Oh well, this may show up twice. iBook, as much RAM as you can afford, and the $149 student version of Microsoft
      Message 2 of 3 , Dec 23, 2005
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        --- In Sailing_Kids@yahoogroups.com, "Cathy Bland" <c_bland@y...> wrote:
        >

        > I am, however, at the point that I am thinking about a laptop
        > purchase for my daugher to use (I think that we will probably be a two
        > laptop family!)
        > Does anyone has any suggestions???? I am open to any and all
        > suggestions as to brand, memory, screen size, programs (Word and Excel
        > are musts and I'm thinking about PowerPoint). I'm considering a Dell
        > because I have a Dell that I use here at home in our business but I'm
        > open to all suggestions, etc.
        > Any help would be greatly appreciated because I'm thinking of
        > making her purchase soon.
        > I'm looking forward to meeting all of you online and some of you
        > maybe in person, one day. We will be cruising the Texas, La., Miss.,
        > Ala., FL coastlines and will spent a lot of time in the Keys.
        > Till next time....Fair Winds, my new friends.
        >

        Hmm. Wasn't signed in properly before. Oh well, this may show up twice.

        iBook, as much RAM as you can afford, and the $149 student version of Microsoft Office
        for Mac, that has Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage, an Outlook Express-like email
        client for the mac.

        There are no known viruses or spyware for Mac OS X, iBooks are sturdy, easy to use with
        an interface similar to Windows (but easier to use once you find your way around), the OS
        is based on an industrial strength UNIX, tons of resources for hardware, software, and
        help, great customer service, no real issues with having fun and being productive in a 90%
        + Windows world (what with Office for Mac, Java, the web, mac versions of most major
        software, and a raftload of standards that almost all computers use), and the macs seem
        to last forever. I can still boot up and use my 13 year old Apple PowerBook.

        There's also nav software for the mac - http://www.gpsnavx.com/ or GPSy has a new OS X
        version for existing users: http://www.gpsy.com/index.html

        http://www.apple.com/ibook/
      • Cathy Bland
        Thanks for the info. about the iBook... I just logged-on to check to see if there were any replies and there are several from sailing kids and from the Miss.
        Message 3 of 3 , Dec 24, 2005
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          Thanks for the info. about the iBook... I just
          logged-on to check to see if there were any replies
          and there are several from sailing kids and from the
          Miss. homeschool yahoogroup that I joined a while
          back...
          Interesting note -- this is only the 2nd e-mail that
          I've read and you both speak highly of the iBook...I
          will definitely be checking it out! I've always heard
          that GREAT minds think alike!
          Thanks so much!

          Cathy




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