I typically wouldn't ask, but I would like to hear some of your opinions and experiences with my situation. The PB in my sig will be handed over tomorrow since I've finished up with the research my school gave me the machine for. Having a G4 has since really spoiled me now that I am returning to an 800MHz G3, see sig also. However, now that I am returning to the iBook, I have a lot of software that I received for free from the school due to my help on the project (namely, Adobe Creative Suite and Macromedia Studio MX). These I use all the time now for website design etc. And I have never ran them before extensively on the iBook. My situation is this: I am a college student who is on the go all the time. I rarely get back to my dorm, and it's often only to change out books that I couldn't transport before. My iBook is a great and sturdy computer, but I have major issues with the 30GB harddrive that is clearly not enough for me (I have about 7GB of software alone, 21GB of music [much from iTMS ], and 4GB of photos, not to forget school files). I'd appreciate more storage space, but at the same time don't wish to throw all my money into an aging G3. I have been contemplating getting a Mac mini a month or so before the fall semester (I already have a nice NEC LCD monitor and the keyboard/mouse desktop set). Having the Mac mini would give me more performance capabilities (I'd install the 1GB of RAM myself, easy enough). Or, I was thinking of buying a LaCie 200GB d2 harddrive and putting OS X on it, so I just boot my iBook from the LaCie drive (via FireWire) and use it like that. I would, in that case, only take along the files I need onto the iBook, same would be for Mac mini purchase. Or, also, I could buy a larger 2.5" harddrive for the G3 and have it installed (not sure I could handle that, although I've done similar things before). A note of interest: I am in college and have very little extra money to spend. I could manage the Mac mini (thanks to tax refunds; I was thinking about 800$ after my student discount, and that's before the 1GB of RAM) but would try and take that as a last resort if my other options were not going to be beneficial enough. I'd like to hear your input on this, and also your experiences in a similar rut.