Here's the deal. I'm selling my 17-inch PowerBook, because it has specs that far exceed my current needs. The processor is, well, mediocre — but aside from that is the footprint — which is not helping. Don't get me wrong, I love the 17-inch. But I'd like to save that money for a 17-inch MacBook next year, so I can benefit from the Santa Rosa platform. In the meantime, I need a laptop now, as in this week, for the following: taking notes in class (mobility), writing papers away from home (I'm a commuter), and all the basics. Luckily, I'm a student developer so I get a 20% discount on one machine. A new, 12-inch PowerBook is $1199. I think that's a good price ($200 less than the education store). I've looked at new and used iBooks and PowerBooks on eBay; there are a few bargains but nothing extraordinary. I figure if this is going to last a year or two, anything less than Tiger and 1.33GHz will be painful. The 12-inch is well suited for this. Resale value is important. With the discount, I should only be down a few hundred dollars, but who knows. My theory is that it's already depreciated so much, that the curve is in my favor. So, my fellows, I have a few questions: The 12-inch is "end-of-life" isn't it? How bad is that? Is it silly to change form factors but remain with PowerPC? Is 512MB enough for my simple needs (word processing, e-mail, surfing, iTunes)? If not, a 1GB module is $200. Now we're back to $1399. My last resort: a Windows laptop? A few refurbished ThinkPads go for around $500. I would love to wait for a widescreen Macbook, but I'm already waiting for next year's models. Not practical. I'm ready to order today. Thanks in advance.