I recently got myself a new Macbook Air in anticipation for a trip I was going on. I had been wanting to get a new dev laptop for a while and was torn between the Air and a big Macbook Pro. Since i've been traveling a lot more lately, I opted for the Air and I think that I made a great decision. It's the perfect size for coding on an airplane, its easy to pack, which is really important because i'm also lugging around a tank of a ThinkPad around with me for work.
There has been one unanticipated consequence of this purchase, however. I noticed after the first day using the Macbook Air that I was bothered by the noise when I sat down at one of my other machines and listened to the electromechanical hard disk drives spin up and whir. That sound had long ago been relinquished by my brain to the periphery of my hearing. Now in a single day's span it was back, and instead of reminding me of the good old days, learning to program QBASIC on a 286 it was a nuisance.
I've been spoiled. Solid state drives are fast, quiet, and apparently prone to error. But just likeJeff Atwood I won't be deterred by the downsides. The upsides are just too good!