Originally Posted by ron1701
Please explain that to me. Common sense would dictate that just the opposite is true. Its ok for Grandma to still be running Windows 98 on their 90 Mhz Pentium because all she does is send email over a dial up connection. A "Professional" though is expected to use current hardware and software if, for no other reason to interact with other Professionals and be compatible with the other tools of their trade. You may want to stay married to aging software and obsolete hardware but don't expect Apple or any other vendor to have sympathy for you
Perhaps common sense does, but my experience has been different. While my laptop does spend its fair share of time in a coffee shop, I'm a professional who uses the hell out of my machine. It's not uncommon for me to have a zillion things going on simultaneously: at the moment I have a Windows XP session for a VPN connection into the office, I have a WebEx session running a videoconference, I have Adobe InDesign up, OmniFocus, Apple Mail, Safari, Chrome, LittleSnapper, Adium, and a few other tools. But I don't care if I have the latest and greatest machine - this laptop is, in fact, the first generation MacBook Pro (1.83 - entry level even) and suits me okay. I'm finally upgrading this weekend to a new model, only because I need something that will let me have more than 2gb of RAM.
At the office, I have a similar setup with a three-year old Mac Mini doing triple duty as a MacOS client workstation, Windows XP under Parallels, a few Java apps, and a Unix server. I don't care that it also is not the latest machine, but it too will probably get updated next year because its 3gb RAM limit is starting to show its limitations.
But then, just like with my cars, I tend to run my computers into they die. I'd rather save my money for traveling and family activities than on the latest and greatest hardware.