I think it’s about time to get something nicer than my three-year-old Win98, PII-360, 128MB-RAM system.
I need to run Microsoft Word (not an equivalent), so Linux is out. And I’d rather not switch over to Mac, much as I like those computers. So this needs to be a PC system.
Privacy matters to me, so what little I’ve read about XP makes me disinclined to get it. Or have its more controversial features been muzzled?
I would prefer an English-language operating system that handles Chinese well, because although I often work with material that contains Chinese, I don’t know enough computer-related characters to tweak a machine with a Chinese-language OS. I’ve heard Windows 2000 can switch interface languages, just like Office 2000. That would be ideal, I think, if it’s still available. (Can XP do the same?)
Do I save enough money getting some hole-in-the-wall computer store to build a system for me that the extra cost of the operating system doesn’t wreck my budget? Or should I buy a more expensive name-brand system that comes with an OS? (Or should I stay with Win98? My copy of it is legit.)
Games don’t interest me, but I do need to do occasional graphics- and memory-heavy work with Photoshop and Illustrator.
I may just stick with my current Vision Lab CRT, which is quite nice.
Price limit: around NT$30,000, though I’d prefer NT$25,000.