Today Andrew turned 16 years old. As a result, I feel like I'm 92 years old! He's been wanting a laptop computer for his birthday, so his grandmother is going to take him to "Best Buy" when he gets in from school. I'll be going along as "technical advisor", to make sure he doesn't have my mom overspend. I've already asked him what he was mainly going to be using it for, and he said just watching online videos on YouTube, chatting, and browsing. For those rather lightweight uses, one $600 or less should be fine. Since the new machine will most likely be running Windows 7, it shouldn't need over 2 GB of RAM, because all reports say 7 is a lot "lighter weight" than Vista, which is the operating system on the PC I am typing this entry on.
He's not interested in computer gaming, since he has a PS3, and, as long as he stays out of trouble in school between now and Xmas, his grandmother has told him she'll get him the Xbox 360 he has also been wanting. Those two consoles should handle any game he would be interested in... he's shown no interest in any Wii games.