A confession: Before I got a Macbook Pro, I used to buy a new Windows laptop every 9 months or so. Officially this was because I wanted that extra 0.2 GHz that each upgrade provided. There is definitely a thrill with being able to upgrade frequently get a new machine with more power. Eventually however I realized there was a subtler reason for all this upgrading. It was actually due to the fact that I subconsciously hated Windows and was very unhappy with Linux, which I used equally. These were the only two options for operating systems. Haiku OS (BeOS) is forever not ready for daily use even today, although it's getting better. So I was selling these Windows laptops (Toshibas) for 2/3 what I paid each time, because people really want them. But I finally did the math & realized I could save money if I had a Macbook Pro and liked it enough to hold onto it for several years. Here are the numbers: In 4 years I had 6 Windows laptops, average $600 each, selling each for $400. Total loss 6x200 = $1200 = the cost of one low-end Macbook Pro. These were the numbers when I owned Toshibas. Before that I was using Thinkpads and the losses were quite a bit higher. *sigh* Always do the math.