A day at the fair is enlightening
My primary advice to readers who are ready to buy a new computer has been to switch to an Apple Macintosh. Apple's computers are based on Unix, a safer operating system than Windows, and they are unaffected by Windows viruses, spyware and zombieware. That's what I told fairgoers who asked me what I thought. And it's probably what I told folks who didn't ask me what I thought, too.
Some of those I talked to said they hadn't realized that Apple's computers handled such common Windows documents as Microsoft Word files. In fact, Microsoft created Word for the Mac first, then created the Windows version after it was clear the program would be a success. Microsoft even offers a Mac OS X version of the Office suite; it's Office 2004.