A tear of pride, to be clear. With all the so-called new acceptance of the 2010 MBA, I have been feeling a bit of at odds. On one side, I would like to feel elitist and say, "Ha! I had it when no one understood it!" On the other, it is really just a much better machine now, so I guess the mass acceptance is justified in some ways. But more importantly, I guess, the world is simply just better prepared for it now - and I think the iPad does have a lot to do, with what people expect portables should and should not do. Notice the lack of hoopla surrounding the absence of the optical drive today compared to when the first revs came out. Still, here I am, looking over at a new MBA across from me at the coffee shop. I look at my "slow, overheating" old one, and I know we're thinking the same thing: "Ah, kids..."