After only 1.5 years, my Dell notebook gave up on me. The OS refused to bootup (even in safe mode) due to hard disk failure. I believe I've been targeted by the PC Fair Troll. I'm seriously considering a Macbook. Only the price is stopping me from running out to get it. With a Mac I don't have to worry so much about patches and will have most, if not all, of my most frequently used applications. How? How?! Grrrrr!