In lieu of being impulsive and ordering a MacBook Pro on credit, I decided to go ahead and give my little Compaq Presario a little makeover. I bought an extra 1g of ram, a high capacity battery to replace my old and defective one, and a wireless mouse. I am happy to report that the memory is installed without a hitch, the battery is in place and receiving its initial charge, and the mouse is ready to go and performing very well. I think I've made a fiscally responsible choice and I am glad I did.
I still want to get a Mac, but I have decided to wait until Leopard comes out and gets its bugs out. This gives me time to actually save some money. It is my intention (like my car) to run this little lappy into the ground. I've only had it for a year and a half, but gear lust gets a hold of me pretty bad.
This little pc has really been a good little machine. There's a lot of life left in it, and storage concerns are nothing that my external drive can't remedy.
Dave Ramsey would be proud!