In September, I will be moving to a third world country for about a year and I wanted to solict the forums' advice on what I should do with my computer. The question is basically: stick with my 4 year old PowerPc ibook or buy a new one? Having a functioning laptop will be *very* important to my time out there. If anything happens to mine, I will be very very far away from the nearest Apple Store, so reliability is key; If it goes down, realistically, my only recourse will to buy a new laptop there, which will undoubtedly be some variety of very overpriced PC. I will also be in a country with spotty electricity so having a good battery is important. My current laptop is, as mentioned, a PowerPc ibook G4 purchased 4 years ago. It is a rock, and is working largely the same as it did when I bought it. The one problem it has had is with the battery. Two years ago, the battery stopped charging/holding a charge properly. I got a new one, which worked fine for about a year, until a similar thing started happening a few months ago. So, I will need to get a new battery before I leave, and I am thinking of buying two, given the state of electricity where I am going. The fan also runs a lot. So, on the one hand I am going to have to put money into this thing anyway; it's old, and I've used it *a lot*; and it's had some sort of charging/battery issues--harbinger of malfunctions to come? On the other hand, I have very little money and I don't want to spend any if I don't have to; I've had very good luck with my current laptop and I've heard (perhaps not true) that some of the newer intel Macbooks have been less reliable than older Apple products. Any advice? Is there a standard "life span" on these Ibook G4s? Thank you very much.