Ok, so I've not written anything for a bit, but I think it's time to point out that Apple Computer's "legendary reputation for quality" is absoloute bobbins. Nearly a year ago I bought a G4 PowerBook 15" the lovely new aluminium one wveryone was making afuss about at the time and I can honestly say that no computer I've ever owned has given me more trouble. For a start the screen quickly developed gruseome blotches which, frankly, don't look too good. Hardly the quality components that Steve Jobbs goes on about. Or was it, dare I say it, shoddy design? Either way, one off Apple's so-called specialities down the hole there. Then, the other night, the power adapter blew up with a loud bang and flash. Less than a year old. My 4 year old Sony Vaio, which has led a much harder life, still works fine by the way. It is also smaller. And lighter. No I don't like Windows much, but it has to be said that the Vaio - which cost exactly the same as the Mac - is looking better value for money at the moment. Screen is still very even too, by the way. So, in short, Apple's build quality is shoddy. The only legitimate claim against this is the Powerbook is sturdy. Course it is. It's solid metal. That's why it weighs so much. That's not design elegance, that's the durability equivalent of saying 'well, if we strap an inch of steel to the sides of this car, boss, it'll be bullet proof'. True, but not exactly an elegant solution. And the alluminium still scratches pretty easily. OK, I'm done, but well, I think I'm switching back next time.