Dell, Apple and my mom

Dell has a special today for their Inspiron 640m that includes 2 GBs of RAM, 120 GB disk and a 9-cell battery for only $800 ($860 with my inclusion of the higher-res screen and Bluetooth module). This is a very good offer, given that the laptop is also 100% Linux compatible out of the box (even its WiFi). It comes with Vista Home Basic, which is ok (no Aero, but I don’t mind that).

On the other hand, I also want a Macbook with Leopard. But Leopard is not out, and even if it was out, the Macbook is about 80% more expensive when similarly configured (it only has better build quality, a webcam and a faster CPU compared to that specific 640m, while the 640m also has flashcard reader, Express card slot, modem etc).

My idea now is to get the 640m instead of the Macbook and later only buy Leopard for my old Powerbook. But my Powerbook is seriously at its end of its life (its hinges are almost dead) and pretty slow while running Tiger already (I had to disable javascript/plugins to get internet browsing to be as fast as I want it to be in the past 2+ months).

But then again, I feel like a fool for even considering buying a laptop after reading things like these. I can’t understand how my mother can make a living with 600 Euros per month. No, the life in Greece is NOT cheap. Renting a house is cheaper than in the rest of Europe/US, yes, but everything else in every day life is crazy expensive. I read in that article that some drugs got a 96% price jump while most kinds of foods got a 7% jump in just a day.

Umf… I am seriously depressed now.

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Vassilis \'vasper\' Perantzakis wrote on March 6th, 2007 at 11:25 AM PST:

True life is not cheap in Greece, but that has to do with the large number of public servants that produce nothing and have to be paid from something…

Now, the drugs that were increased in price, were the cheap drugs like aspirin, all of them under 3 Euros. This was necessary, because the cost of those drugs in Greece was about 3 times lower than in the rest of Europe, and the companies had started to pull them out of the market and replace them with more expensive drugs. Also some more expensive drugs were decreased in value as much as 30%. Those drugs are for heart, cancers and other life threatening situations. So a box of Aspirin now costs 1.5 Euros from 0.9 when a box of heart medicine costs 30Euros from 45Euros.

As for foods, there was an increase, but this is the third time since November year this increase is mentioned as a completely new increase by certain newspapers. People don’t know how to spend Euros… So life has gotten expensive. Right before the Euro, 200000 Drachmas (600Euro) was an ok salary. Now it is too small.


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