I admit it, I’ve been thinking of getting one of the iPads. It all started when my computer started making funny noises. You know the ones, right? The ones with clicking and weirdness, the ones where you start to hear them and you think, oh no, it’s on its way out. To be fair, I have a 3.5 year old MacBook Pro and it has served me well, but the hard drive may be giving up the ghost. I, of course, immediately went online and started looking at replacement options. MacBook Air or one of the recently refreshed MacBook Pros. I liked the portability of the Air, but the small hard drive size was a stumbling block for me. Then G suggested something I hadn’t even thought of, why not get a Mac Mini and an iPad? Really, a desktop? The reality is that I don’t take my computer around with me hardly ever and when I do move it from its perch, it’s to surf the web, write emails, or look at twitter. So yeah, a desktop may not be a bad idea. I was going to get the smallest laptop and get an external display and in the Mini/iPad scenario, I would be giving Apple the same amount of money as I would for a laptop.

I will admit that I’m not a huge fan of the iPad, articles like this on Wired, don’t help at all. But it is small and it can do the things I want to do when I’m away from my desk. And the new case is so cool and I’ve played with the demo way too many times.

Time will tell. I want to see the Mac Mini get a refresh, hoping for an i5 chip. For now, praying my hard drive holds out at least a few more months and backing up religiously.