How to buy a netbook.
How I did it: Late spring/early summer, I had done extensive research with the assistance of my brother Josh. We made sure the netbook would have all the specs conducive to my "functional-only" computing style as well as keep up with college student needs. I had saved up cash in addition to birthday money but alas, due to no insurance, my new eye exam/glass rx ate my notebook funds.
Flash forward a couple months and half-way into a paper: my old computer caught on fire and in less than 24 hrs my family came to the rescue. It seems that seven years was too much for Anne (old comp). Lappy is here to stay!
Lessons & tips: Always back up your computer's entire contents, and always have specs on hand of the latest computer you can upgrade to/would want to get.