Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Pencils, schmencils, I need a laptop

A few evenings before the first day of school, a Toronto branch of the electronics chain Future Shop is buzzing.

The stretch of laptops on display is obscured by a sea of bodies, many of them students scoping out dozens of shiny new models.

As his sister Eesha, 20, strokes a MacBook Air she might like for her first year at university in Toronto, Tariq Hussain, 13, says he's thinking of ways to persuade his father to buy him one, too, after they return home to Pakistan.

"All my friends have one," he says, admitting that homework would be a lower priority than video games.

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