Last summer I rented a diesel Cruze while vacationing in Spain and France and it was not a bad little car. The gearbox was surprisingly good and the grunt was sufficient for travel in Europe. Of course the handling and power were pretty awful, but for an around-town car, especially in traffic or hilly areas when you need some torque, it was a downright useful car.
We do basically this, except that we use our monitors as the walls. Dual 26 inchers do the trick nicely, though adding a few more wouldn't hurt!
I am exactly the same way. I've tried highlighting and making notes, but it really just disconnects me further from the text. Long ago I realized that I can enjoy a story or even academic text far more by simply reading (and sometimes rereading) through it. All that said, I've owned a Kindle 2 for a few months and enjoy it thoroughly. It's not something I would buy to save money on reading or to replace textbooks, but I prefer my Kindle to a standard paperback. The weight and ease of page turning makes all the difference. Also, the display is amazing.
BobB writes "Cisco is plunking down $3.2 billion for WebEx, a web-based conferencing company. Among other things, the move puts Cisco into more direct competition with Microsoft. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/031507-bull