I’m seriously considering purchasing a Powerbook to replace my defunct (and disliked) Toshiba laptop.

Thinking about this purchase has brought to light a significant change in my computing habits. Four years ago, I developed on Linux and wrote music on the Macintosh. Today, I write music and develop primarily on Windows.

As a media platform, Windows has more than proven its muster. To my surprise, I’ve even found some indispensable Windows audio software with no Macintosh peer. Given the regular speed bumps and cheap prices of commodity PC hardware, there seems to be little reason to buy a Mac for audio.

But while I happily write software for “Uncle” Bill, I prefer to write my own software on a UNIX platform. Suddenly, Apple provides a machine with robust UNIX underpinnings and a nearly flawless enclosure. Extremely tempting…