I am planning to go backpacking in Africa - possibly to stay there. I am thinking of investing in a laptop, which I'll need to use a s a word processor, as well as for processing my digital photos, and maintaining my website. What would u guys recommend ? should be pretty shockproof and hopefully lightweight and compact. I'm a bit of a newbie on pc's.
Actually I'd recommend the Apple iBooks - not expensive, well stocked with software straight out of the box (iPhoto is terrific for digital images), lightweight (around the 2.5kg mark) and tough. They also these days come with Airport Extreme so you'll be able to connect wirelessly - and easily, no fiddling around - to hotspots. I've got a 12" iBook that I've taken away with me a few times and it's been brilliant. Team it with a Crippy Duck bag and you're off.