I've been amazed at how my new lightweight laptop has "worked for me" in the sense that the technology is right with me -- whether I'm at a meeting, on the road traveling, or just sitting at home in my living room watching the Colts demolish the Ravens.
Yesterday, relaxing on my couch, I Googled "learn to play fiddle". For about a year now I have been playing with a gospel/bluegrass band uptown at what we can the Gray Barn. I do well with gospel, but I've had to pretty much fake the fiddling.
Guess what? I found a website that provided (for free!) mp3 downloads of the top 10 fiddle tunes: Cripple Creek, Bilem Cabbage Down, Blackberry Blossom, Soldier's Joy, ...
I downloaded them all into iTunes and spent several hours listening to them over and over, and getting them figured out on my "fiddle". It wasn't too hard -- they pretty much all sound the same :) With a little more practice I'm going to be ready for our next shindig.
It's pretty exciting when computer technology can help you accomplish exactly what you want to do. It might be looking up your genealogy, finding that perfect quilting pattern, shopping for a used vehicle at CarMax ... or learning how to play two strings at a time like a real pro.