It has been about...
So, I shopped around for a replacement and picked up a Sony Vaio TX790:
It has a pretty fast processor (1.3GHz Pentium M), battery life is 5 to 7 hours, the screen is small but has lots of pixels (1366x768), plenty of RAM (1.5 GB). At 2.76 lbs – versus the 9 lbs for the HP (closer to 12 lbs with the plug!) – this is truly lightweight. The screen looks amazing (I like small fonts to begin with and this thing is just crisp looking). I wanted to be able to read books (the Treo can do it, but the screen on that is a bit too small and getting it to read a PDF file reasonably is not something I could accomplish) as well as watch the occasional DVD on a plane – and this laptop will do that just fine.
I’ve got most of my software installed, have my VMWare images up and running – they seem to perform acceptably – haven’t yet decided if I’ll go 100% to the small laptop while on travel. I’ll probably pack the big one in my carry on the first couple of trips – to make sure I can do everything I need on the small one, with respectable performance.
I’ll be giving it a workout next week when I’m on vacation. It’ll be the only computer we are taking for the four of us – we’ll be sharing. That is a hint that asktom will be a little less updated than normal!