I already have a 4 year old Dell Inspiron 5100 (firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz, 1.25GB RAM, 40GB HDD). Being a Dell, it has got its own problems. Personally, I wont really complain about the machine, it has served well during the past years.
However, with my new needs coming in for a second laptop (many small reasons), I have to look for a suitable one.
From the background I come from, a new pc/laptop by default means a Windows based one. Recently, Linux has emerged as another choice, but only among technical people who have a flair for experimenting and need the unix like environment for programming. However, Linux has not yet made its mark as the desktop operating system choice . Perhaps upcoming years will add the maturity, to make it usable by an end user.
A colleague at office has been advocating Mac very strongly (he already has one). After looking at the macbook that he has, I was forced to think, Is it not worth it...
Thats when I started looking at the apple website and comparing technical specifications.
At the same time, I posted my dilemma to certain groups at the usenet forums.
Here are the threads...
Post at comp.sys.mac.advocacy
Post at comp.sys.mac.apps
Post at comp.sys.mac.system
Will continue posting more of my experiences...