but firewire cables have finally become commonplace. Nearly everyone I know has at least one, and if I turn up anywhere I can be pretty certain there'll be a cable I can connect my drive with.
So right now I don't have to carry a cable with me.
Think I'd rather get the old 20gb model. At least it has a regular FW port - like we really need another connector type? It just means you have to always have the new cable on you if you want to charge it or use it as a portable drive :-(
The new connectors suck - I'd want to use it as a portable hard drive as well, but now I'll always have to have that twin cable in my pocket and not be able to just use a firewire cable that someone has lying around wherever I'm going :-(