Second- A bit off topic, but what are your comments on the Apple/Mac laptops? You seem to be a big fan of the Mac- what sort of applications do you use it for, how do you find its durability? I'd be delighted to hear your comments.
I love Powerbooks. I'm on my second now, third if you count my wife's. I replaced my old one on a lark because I saw the 17" "Big Al" in a duty free shop and just had to have it. There was (and is) nothing wrong with my older 15" Titanium. Often, I still carry the Titanium (I keep my mailbox and documents sync'ed between them over the Airport) instead of Big Al because it's slightly narrower and works better on plane tray-tables. What do I like about them? Well, to start they're much, much lighter than Windows notebooks. Big Al only weighs about as much as a typical Windows notebook with a 14" screen. The thin form-factor also contributes to the ease of carrying, without any loss of rigidity. Also, as I wrote earlier I'm allergic (figuratively, at least) to plastic, so my natural bias is towards a metal case over a petrochemical one. OSX is also a wonder. It just never crashes, and it's beautiful to behold. Beautiful too are the Apple-only programs such as iPhoto. As far as my usage, it is as basic as modern computer usage gets: writing, maintaining and sync'ing contacts between Palm/phone/puter, internet, listening to music, watching DVDs, and storing photos is the extent of what I do on it. Nothing I do ties me down to any platform, allowing aesthetic and design elements to guide my decision. Peace, JG