Almost, almost, I've made my decision. I've been in agony. Analysis paralysis. Desperately trying to realise my urge to buy some precision-tooled aluminium, and satisfy my magpie-lust for the shiny. It's been swings and roundabouts. I'm trying to buy my first Mac laptop. I've got a Mac Mini at home, and earlier this year, I bought my other half a Macbook Air (I don't think she knows exactly how covetous such a device is, but was very appreciative of its light weight when she slung it around Guatemala for two months...). I've decided to go for one myself. My main uses are standard office productivity (Office), writing (Scrivener) and J2EE programming (Eclipse, Tomcat, Geronimo, commerical app servers). Inevitably, this would mean an element of Windows (and Linux) virtualisation. I'd imagine I'd be doing a lot of commuting on trains, so form factor is important. At first, I was going with the Macbook Air rev2 128GB SSD - especially following on from the xbench performance revelations on these here forums. (Plural of forum - should it be fora?). However, recently, I've become cautious about the lack of expandability - 2GB fixed memory limit is irksome, as is the irreplacibility of the ssd. The relatively low grunt of the processor is also a bit bothersome. After spending most of the last week reading through these beloved fora, I think I've been convinced to go for the Macbook. Rationale - MBA is too gimped. MBPro is too big. I had a look-see at the Regents Street London store today, and the Macbook was giving me a come-hither look, a wonderful lozenge of love. Anyhoo, all of the above is a bit tl;dr - the reason I'm posting is to ask, naturally, for advice: 1. Should I wait until Macworld 09? I appreciate that there'll be no new hardware updates on the Macbook line, but perhaps an upgrade of iLife? Maybe the first ever case of an O/S shipping early, and Snow Leopard coming with the snow? Or do you think that the MBPro 17in will debut? Or something even more exotic - the MBA 17inch?! Netbook Air? 2. Applecare or not to care? I'm sure that this has been asked umpteen times. Alas, I cannot search the forums with ease, as I'm on HSDPA. Is it worth it for a Macbook? 3. I'm looking at the 2.4GHz 4GB mem, 128GB SSD BTO option. But I'm umming and ahhing over the SSD. Should I get a cheaper option, and then wait until Intel starting shipping a 160GB version of their X-25 series? Does anyone else here have a Macbook Alu with SSD? 4. Are there any MBPro or MBA lovers here who think that, for my articulated needs, their Macbook preference would be the better option? 5. Every now and then, I get the urge to buy a Thinkpad (I've been using them for the past 10 years, and just love the keyboard and nipple). The X301 is rubbish and not worth my consideration isn't it? Isn't it?!! Does anyone here ever get the urge to veer from the fold? I've agonised far too long on this decision, and I need help! I spent less time thinking about which car to buy than I did writing this post... Help!