Well, the charger wasn't blown on my netbook. It was the place where the charger plugs in. It's a $300 repair. Um.. no.
I'm sending back the charging cable, and getting a refund. I'm also getting a start on the taxes, since that is how I'm going to fund the new computer.
The questions remains: What do I use my netbook for? It sat on the coffee table for years and was used pretty consistently. I chat online, surf the web and blog from the living room. Anything more heavy duty (work processing, iTunes) gets done on the desktop. I came up with 2 options: A Chromebook (about $300) and a iPad (about $500)
More research will be needed.