I went to Waterford yesterday to look at computers, there's been ads on TV for a laptop on sale for €999 that looked good but when I actually saw it in the flesh the spec wasn't that impressive.
While I was there I looked at external cd/dvd burners. They had some old stock that wasn't too dear so that may be an option. I'd probably want to get a USB 2 card, but again they're not that expensive.
The estate agents want to set up an mail server for sending messages internally, so I've been investigating what's available. I tried Mercury mail but support is a bit thin. There's another program called WorkgroupMail that looks intersting, I may try it next.