So I've been looking around the forums and haven't found anything like this topic, but I've been on here for a super long time and know the forums are HUGE so maybe I'm just not using the right key words? Anyhoo I found a commuter that can operate without internet and wanted to know if anyone else had a similar solution to the problem.
I'm cheap. Like really cheap. Like gurl you need to use trash bags you're nuts washing out the cans all the time and I'm like pfft poser I'm not buying something just to throw it away.
Yeah. I have a problem worthy of a few googles...
Anyhoo I'm out in the kinda sticks. Not real rural but it's crazy expensive to get internet service out here. And by expensive I mean like over 20 bucks.
Like I said, I have a problem.
There's dish but pfft no. Did I mention that I'm cheap?
Not a big deal really when you're already adjusted but here's the issue I ran into. I love Microsoft word. And spreadsheets. And invoices. And printable howzit cards. Aaaaaand being able to print recipes transferred from my phone. I bought a computer recently only to find out it wouldn't even operate without a once monthly internet connection. A few operating system files I could, in theory, get away with an annual online update.
But programs? Like "optional" programs? FORGET IT.
You've got to buy a subscription online to operate Microsoft anything.
Ok. No biggie right? I could get an older computer and load up old programs with hardcopies.
Except I can't find any.
So I started looking and found an article about a convention of Amish Folk, specifically a seller of an Amish Computer. I laughed because I'm an ******e, and then read the article again. And again.
I zoomed the pic but couldn't get any identifying info.
Long epic search later I found a guy in Pennsylvania who was awesome enough to return my message left on his answering machine. No online presence but he was in the BBB as ok so I was like alright let's give it a go.
He makes computers for Plain Folk, and he was awesome enough to send me a flyer.
Its basically a new word processor. Using Linux he downloads every program you want (for a cost).
I'll attach the flyer but here's the part that made my spinster scroogy heart scream in agony.
The cheapest model without the accounting program in 500 bucks.
It won't ever need to be updated and you won't need to buy anything further, but... Ouch.
If I can't find myself something cheaper I'm gonna bite the bullet and jump in... But...
Any thoughts? Any other solutions?
Help please, I'm so so soooo cheap. I can't. I just, can't. But I got the needs.