This one is for the NaNoWriMo'ers out there who are in need of a laptop or AlphaSmart but don't want to invest in buying one, and please note that the deadline for applying is October 16th (that's tomorrow):
"NaNoWriMo has a small lending library of AlphaSmart Neos and a variety of laptop computers for use by NaNoWriMo participants. The Neos are all brand-new and fully portable. The laptops not so much; their batteries have mostly died (so you'll be tethered to an outlet), and they're too pokey to get on the internet. But they do come with top-quality word processors, and have a long track record for churning out high-speed novels.
There is no fee to check out an AlphaSmart Neo or laptop from our library. NaNoWriMo will cover the costs of shipping the computer to you, but you will be responsible for paying the costs of shipping the computer back to us (typically about $25) by December 15th. Borrowers will be required to provide a $300 deposit for their unit, and send us a copy of their driver's license, passport, or other documentation."
To apply for one of NaNoWriMo's loaners, check out the details over at their loaner information page.