I've been a multi-decade user of both Windows and Mac computers, appreciating them both for their respective charms. (Yes, Windows computers do have their charms, believe it or not).
But for the last four weeks, I've been using just my 17" Apple MacBook Pro as my primary computer, mostly because I've been on the road for about that long, and decided to take the Mac with me instead of my usual Windows laptop.
And yes, I can get used to JUST a Mac fairly easily.
I've re-discovered the joys of Windows XP Pro, especially on a computer as well-designed as a Thinkpad. The Thinkpad is as much of a "Thriller" product as many Macs, as controversial as that statement may be to some.
Just their keyboards, and the combination of a pointer stick and a touchpad for cursor-control are cases in point.
Steve Jobs is right. Technology is often best experienced as combination of hardware and software. ButI do believe one can have cool experiences along those lines even when the same company doesn't do both.
Using a Thinkpad is not unlike the feeling one gets when one gets behind the wheel of a BMW or a Mercedes. And they cost a lot less than they used to, just like Macs.
Thinkpads make me sometimes wish I could run Apple's OS X on a Thinkpad, which of course is not likely to happen any time soon.
So, yes, even though Walt Mossberg says Windows Vista is OK and unexciting, I've put in my Amazon pre-order for Windows Vista Ultimate Limited Signature Edition Upgrade, signed by Bill Gates of course (not kidding, it exists, as documented by Endgadget).
Because I think Vista on a Thinkpad will likely be pretty exciting.
I've got my eye on a Thinkpad T60 Widescreen with Windows Ultimate in particular.