Phew. Anyways, just got my new netbook. A Dell Inspiron Mini V - 10" screen running XP with a 160GB HD, 1GB RAM and a 1.6 Ghz Processor. It's pretty sweet. I've really liked the look of the netbook generation - it's kind of living in the future I imagined back in 1995. Everyone can carry around a cheap, lightweight and relatively high performance computer. This one set me back less than 350 europes and that was with extras.
I had forgotten that XP does expect more of you than Vista, which is both good and bad. Overstating the case a little, Vista assumes you're an idiot and it's very hard to stop it doing all behind the scenes tasks for you in the most average way possible. XP is an idiot, but it's an idiot savant - point it in the right direction and it just performs so well. But the pointing it in the right direction does take a while. Pros and cons to both. I'm really looking forward to the release of Windows 7. All feedback seems to be that it combines the best of both with the weaknesses of neither. Although that may also be overstating the case somewhat. But if George Hook can use it and enjoy it and find it very functional indeed then it must be both simple and flexible.
Roll it out Microsoft. We'll all give it a try. ;)