This was the first trip with my new HP laptop and it was AWESOME. The laptop is fully loaded and the only thing that I didn't max out was the hard drive because I have an external hard drive at home for all of my Springsteen bootlegs that I've ripped over the years. No this IS NOT a PAID POST by HP, but if they'd like to throw a few gifts my way, I'll happily take them! The laptop is like typing on glass, has a built in web cam, the screen is beautiful, has plenty of ports and a great on/off switch for wireless. Seriously, it is great and instead of paying for memory hogging Norton or McAfee I went with BitDefender for my virus and firewall protection. I also finally upgraded to Office 2003 and I L-O-V-E it. Couple the new laptop with my Treo 700W and I have wireless access where ever I am including the northbound train from DC to NJ.
One thing that will be suffering from lack of use will now be all of those nifty products that Google has put out on the internet. You know the so called Microsoft Office killers spreadsheets, calendar etc. Back when Mary and I shared a Dell Laptop and I had an old HP desktop I came to rely on these services for my calendar, storage, and even email. Now. No more. Dropped like a hot potato. I don't need them anymore. Sorry.
I have one place to store everything while I'm home or on the road. Plus, now that everything syncs with one PC, my Treo is my backup for calendar and contacts. I don't need to store them on the internet. I have everything on my lap or my palm (hmmm - maybe I should re-write that ;-)
Obviously, if you can't combine work and personal use on one platform there is still utilities to having web-based platforms. However, now that I have everything on practically one device, this power user is returning to the mother-ship. I still love you Google, but until the day arrives when you don't need serious hardware to access the internet, I'll stick with Microsoft.