Well after fours years of waiting my time might have actually come. I have the OK from my Fiancée to spend my tax return on a Mac laptop and wanted to get some opinions on my plan. Currently I am thinking of getting a Pismo G3 PowerBook, here is why. My reasons for wanting a Mac are simply to get off of the Windows platform. Now the irony is the fact that I am an MCSE and my job is a consultant for Windows networks. The programs I am looking to run are mainly office related, I am not looking to do DVD burning or hard core graphics. I will be doing some basic web development, and other items, but all of that will be more of a hobby than anything else. The main application I am looking to run is Office 2004, that project center item is something I have wanted in Office for years. That and all the other stuff that Macs have to offer, iLife, Omnigroup software, Safrari, etc .. Why the Pismo? Well first off the price, I have under $1000 to spend and can not go above that. I really like the way the Pismo looks, way more than any current offerings. I do not want to go with a G3 iBook because of the problems they have been having, and again I just do not like the form factor. The upgradeability of the Pismo makes me feel like over time I can add a processor, dive bay items, etc, to keep it up-to-date enough to make me happy. The only real limitation I can think of is the video card. I can have dual monitors which is something I want, I will not be able to run Quartz Extreme, but I do not see that as a major item. I guess what I am looking for are items I might not have thought of and recommendations on where to purchase, currently I was just thinking of getting one off eBay. I have done quite a bit of research and feel pretty good about this choice, even if it does not work out I can sale it on eBay.