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feeling: I can't tell...

...but not right now.

Here's the deal. You'r computer is plenty fast, built well, and in good shape. Your software is all messed up because you've done a horrible job of maintaining it and it probably wasn't installed right in the first place...but it's not beyond fixing. We have not yet begun to fight.

You may need to back everything up, reinstall a fresh copy of Winblows, install your internet drivers (but not before ANTI-VIRUS), and spend the better part of a weekend installing service pack after service pack and update after update, downloading drivers for all the Sony-specific stuff, and getting everything to run correctly...but from what I've experienced of your laptop, you should have done this the moment you got it, because it's never run 100% correctly, ever.

At the end, when you are done, you will have a very shiny turd, because regardless of what you do to Windows, it will always suck, but it will be a turd that runs. Then you set everything to update automagically, and you PAY ATTENTION to error messages and firewall requests.

The bottom line is this: You can't afford a MacBook Pro yet, and you'll need to buy the top of the line. You'll need to save up about $4000 in order to set yourelf up right, and there is little reason to do it yet. The Mac-Running-Windows thing is still in Beta, and although it will be ROYALLY COOL to run Windows-Only Apps on your new MacBook, the Windows-Running part of it will still be vulnerable to Windows-Specific viruses, Spyware, and MalWare...because you'll be running, duh, Windows®.

The other part of it is that the PPC/Intel switch is only partly complete. Adobe hasn't released any universal binaries yet. They won't be out for another 6-9 months. I would really wait. Well, I am really waiting.

Jocie is waiting for the consumer-end MacBooks (not MacBook Pros) to come out. She won't need the power or screen real estate that you will. In fact, when you are ready, I recommend this one: 17" MacBook Pro.