Many times throughout history, a man has been confronted with big questions: Is there a God? Where did we come from? What is the purpose of life? Does size matter? I'm currently focusing on that last one. I am planning on buying a Powerbook G4 in August and while I'm aware that the models might not be exactly the same at that time, I am trying to decide between the almost 6 pound Powerbook G4 15" and the 4.6 pound Powerbook G4 12". Please bare in mind that money doesn't really matter here, as my budget is somewhere around $1900 and with the education discount I can get the lower 15" plus a nice RAM upgrade from Crucial. I am a student and I do not travel very often. At my school, people don't really bring laptops - it's not an accepted practice in HS. However, I really want a laptop so I have something I can sit in bed with until all hours of the night shopping online and browsing and instant messaging. My needs: Multiple Word windows open for school projects etc Multiple Safari windows open for browsing Multiple AIM windows open for meaningless crap iTunes Skype This computer can't become "outdated" until 2008 or so (3 yearsish +). That's about all I REALLY do. Right now I have an iMac G4 with a 15" display (1024x768) and I occassionally complain that it's too small. From what I understand, if I were to buy the 15" Powerbook I would get the same size screen with a better resolution. Here are the things I'm mulling over between the 12" and the 15". Please address any or all concerns that I have that you can help me with. I've numbered them to make that easier. 1. The 12" is ULTRA-compact and very light. However, the screen is TINY and I will either love it or it will drive me ballistic. 2. The 15" is on the bigger side, but it's not PAINFULLY large. The screen is fantastic and will fit my needs well, though. 3. I can't afford an external LCD on top of either computer, because I'd want to buy an Apple product. 4. The 12" only has FireWire 400, and I'd like to have FireWire 800, but I'm not really sure what for because I don't have any devices that require that. 5. The 12" does not have the gigabit ethernet, and the 15" does, but I'm not sure how much of a difference that would make. 6. The graphics cards on both are 64 MB and I'm afraid that will soon become outdated. 7. Something that I could really see bothering me is the fact that the 12" has the same thing my iMac has - it's got a 256 MB BUILT-IN/NON-REMOVABLE card, so I could only add another 512 (in my budget) for a total of 768, which I have now and find to be insufficient, especially for my multiple programs and windows, whereas the 15" has two slots that you can mess with, where I'd take the included 512 MB and do an $88 upgrade from Crucial for a grand total of 1GB. 8. I understand to some degree this "pitting" thing, but I don't get it fully... does it happen to all of them? Is it covered under Applecare? Has the problem been addressed? Can you do anything to prevent it? 9. Is the 15" portable enough to bring on an airplane? 10. Does one of the portables have a better battery life than the other? 11. How far away can I go for an AirPort Express to work? I have a rather large house and I'm afraid I'd need more than one base station. 12. Is the trackpad hard to get used to, or is it something I'd have very little/no problem with? 13. Is it true that a laptop when heated up can cause permanent damage to male genitalia? What steps can be taken to prevent this from occurring (without losing portability)? I've always had desktops and have never had to worry about this. And now for the one that nobody will be able to answer for sure, but I haven't asked it for a few months and there might be more information: 14. What is next for the Powerbook? My Dad is making me wait for the new updates or August (whichever comes first) to get one - but I'm afraid August will come around and I won't see anything until December. I know we'll have a better idea after WWDC, but what looks reasonably fescible at this time? Are we looking at G4's, G4 dual cores, or G5's? Are the prices probably going to go up, go down, or stay the same? Is it a HUGE mistake to buy a Rev. A G5? Are there any expected release dates or new processors in the works that might indicate an expected release date? When do you think we'll have a better idea? How long after the announcement will these things take to come out? Thank you guys all SO much for your time. I know this was an excrutiatingly long post, but I had to clear my mind and start thinking ahead to August and then through the first half of college.