Hi folks. It's been a long road to this point, but after lurking for a good year or so it was finally time to register and say hi. Anyways, to get to the point: I am a long-time PC user (but formerly Amiga user if that helps) . I do .NET development, and currently run an old but faithful 1GHz Athlon at home and a 2.8GHz P4 at work. But in addition to doing .NET development, I run a small writing & publishing business. Two things have led me to wanting a notebook: I need portability, due to occasional travelling and the need to be able to write anywhere anytime, and I'm sick of using the same machine for development and my side business - too many config and logistical issues, not to mention legal/tax issues. I will be using the notebook as my primary machine, while the PC gets relegated to development duty only. So in addition to simple things such as music, email and such, I need a machine that can adequately and quickly run apps such as Office and the entire Adobe suite of apps (including large InDesign docs). It must also be comfortable to use for hours on end and have a good screen. After days of looking at PC laptops, I spent this morning looking at a pretty new 1GHz 12" PowerBook and I was smitten. I'm big into aesthetics and I have to admit that it was a breath of fresh air after trying out a bunch of ugly plasticky PCs. I got a quote of ~$3000CDN incl. tax for the superdrive model with 768MB of ram. For what I need to do, would this machine suffice? The main reasons that I am not in the market for a 15" PowerBook are price and the multitude of issues which have cropped up. Do the revised 12" PowerBooks have any issues? So far they seem to be problem-free, and some have said that the hot palmrest issue is no more. Oh, and one other random question but one that I haven't been able to find an answer to, oddly enough: can I connect the audio output to external speakers or only to headphones? I don't want to be locked into my computer, so to speak. Thanks very much for listening to my babble. Any answers to the above or additional comments from long-time Mac users and switchers welcome. Cheers.