yeah, the RAM limits on these machines (most are 1GB; a few have an acceptable 2GB) as well as the processor speeds and poor graphics card leaves much to be desired. i am in a quandary for sure. while i am doing work with a school that is using all open source and another that is soon ordering netbooks, i also wouldn't mind using my funds to get a quality chair here at home since i work at home 98% of the time. so, i am thinking of a few models of chairs here: http://www.sit4less.com/ (i'd maybe have to shell out some of my own money as well depending on the model). but my back would sure appreciate it.