So, the 17 is really dead, then.
Although I love my 17, I would not care that the model dies, as long as there is some sort of inexpensive expansion with the 15. I had huge hopes for Thunderbolt, but $200 expansion boxes and $50 cables is going to kill it. Thankfully, there is USB3. Unfortunately, all my drives are USB2/eSATA?.
Compare for my Macs:
eSATA card for MacBook Pro17, 2 ports = $50
eSATA card for PowerMac G5, 2 ports = $30
eSATA box for Thunderbolt, 2 ports =...