I wish to see how many of you MacBook Air users are using it as advertised where all you do is basically web surfing, chat, and/or email... and how many users actually use their air like a mac pro work station. Currently, I run 2 virtual machines, windows XP (sometimes Vista Business) and ubuntu 8.04 on my air. Usually at the same time too along with many other programs for example, mail.app, ical, address book, itunes, ichat, aperture (not heavy raw stuff (regular JPG) since Im too lazy to go shopping for a DSLR that I always want.) firefox w/ several tabs (average 15+), textedit, terminal (sometimes), folding @ home... I know theres more but I can't remember off the top of my head right now. At home, I let the fans run at 6200rpm all day. At night, when everything's idle (I don't run F@H unless I'm awake and monitoring the system, too much of a risk of overheating or burning down the house lol... ya, I have a phobia of that.) the fans slow down to 2500 so I can sleep. At work/school, I normally don't run any virtual machines (except xp/vista sometimes when I need it) and normally just run stuff such as firefox, mail, ical, itunes, dreamweaver (for work). Fans are normally set at 4000rpm unless im in a really quiet room or I need battery life, so I set it to 2500rpm while monitoring the CPU temp, making sure I don't burn a hole through the lecture desk or the desk in a conference room. lol. I'm on battery a LOT... but I don't run up the cycles as fast as many of the other users for some reason. I don't mind, lower cycles, more battery life... somewhat. I do get core shutdowns, but they come pretty randomly (and rarely now too). I had a core shutdown last time I installed a virtual machine but ever since then, I can run F@H and 2 virtual machines with CPU excess of 80deg C and no core shutdown. I seat my air on a glass desk at home, pretty much its on any hard surface, rarely on my bed or anything that'll block the vents. Oh ya, the air is my PRIMARY machine too. I don't miss the extra USB ports much unless I want to charge my iPod and I can't because the USB port is taken by a non-powered USB hub. Optical drive... I haven't burned a CD since I got my MacBook which was may 07... firewire... don't have any hardware for that yet. mmm.. external hard drives... all of them including time machine back up is connected to a Airport extreme router with a 7 port powered USB hub. So ya, whats your story on your air?