I finally broke down and turned to the darkside of the computer force.
No, I didn't buy a fucking Mac (because I'm not totally gay, or a 12 year old girl).
I just bought a laptop. I've owned a few laptops in the past and have absolutely HATED them. They were slow, unreliably, unwieldy, full of bugs, only marginally portable, and I could never fucking work that goddamned track-pad. I still have a Vaio laptop (circa 2001) that I'd gotten from an old job; I've had that computer for 5 years, but it hasn't left it's case since I bought my desktop 3 years ago.
Suddenly, I felt an urge to pick up a small lightweight laptop for travel. From what I've heard, the modern laptop is light-years ahead of models from just a couple of years ago.
Then I saw this on Ben's Bargains:
Inspiron E1405 Dual Core Laptop
Intel® Core™ Duo Processor
Windows XP Media Center Edition
14.1-inch widescreen display
1GB DDR2 SDRAM
120GB Hard Drive
8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 Internal Wireless and Bluetooth Modem
I went for it, and I'm pretty excited. I don't plan on using this as my main computer, but I figure that this'll make one kick-ass back-up/travel computer.
In the end, I'm sure that I'll end up hating it.
There's only one thing that's driving me nuts; I still can't figure out how I'll get the Internets on this thing if it's not hooked up to a series of tubes. Anyone?