But, since I was already getting free validated parking there, I went into adjacent computer store and played with both a Titanium G4 laptop and a desktop machine that had OS X on it (which I'd never used before). My reactions to both:
OS X: has potential, but damn was it ever slow! couldn't figure out a lot of things, either. when I finally found the terminal, I couldn't see how do to adjust its transparency. I could hardly read the text. I ran gcc -o forkbomb forkbomb.c and it said, "cc? Okay? [Y/n]" I assume this is a tcsh feature, which I don't use. Silly BSD people ... you know you want bash. But bash wasn't around. Anyway, forkbomb ran, slowed the system down a ton, but it's still responsive under extreme loads. I ran MS IE on it... no internet access was available, but for kicks I tried 127.0.0.1 ... and Apache was running! Woo.
Titanium Laptop: Slick. Love the screen. Keyboard's great. One mouse button, though. :-/
I was thinking that if I get a laptop, OS X might be the way to go, since I could have my unix development environment and my desktop environment all in one, without rebooting. (because at home here I have 3 computers on at once... all being used for different things). However, several things about Apple are still pushing me to get a Dell: 1) that silly apple on the back of the laptop. but maybe the guy at the trophy shop can take that off and put a little hockey player on top. happy, shut the hell up. okay... 2) OSX GUI is too slow. 3) OSX can't play DVDs yet? Pffft.
However, many things push me to get it: 1) sexy lookin', 2) dual purpose (dev + desktop), 3) new operating system to play with and develop for.
I'll probably end up getting a Dell, though.