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New laptop and it's a showoff: G5 vs Intel

As I left my most recent permanent job for a private gig, I had to get myself my own new laptop. Of course the machine had to be a Mac, but which one? A laptop? Desktop? I decided on laptop since it's so much more portable and I do contracting. But then - 17" or 15" and what specs, and should I shell out for a brand new model, or get the older one cheaper? To cut the long story short I went for the top of the line, most recently upgraded model of 17" MacBook Pro, with 2.4Ghz Intel Core Duo processor, 7200RPM 160Gb drive, 2Gb of RAM and a hi-resolution 1920x1200 screen. This machine on Apple store costs $3800 (with tax and apple care), but I managed to save more than a third by buying it from a dude on Craigslist. My first impression - wow! The screen is so incredible, there are so many pixels that a window dragged when onto my older SyncMaster 23" screen looks twice as large! That's because 23" screen has only 1600x1200 resolution, but the lapt…