I picked this up for my personal use. I used to use CS3 and the like for work and that was fine but I was tired of booting into Windows to help clients. I know game!designers use gimp. Gimp itself is a great product, I did notice that the book was solid but it left a lot to be desired in covering the lackluster interface. Your mileage may vary.
I fail to see the problem with always on internet. Sure, its not appropriate in some places but I couldn't imagine now having access to <a href="http://www.wittyrpg.com">game!</a> or youtube when I want them. Don't tread on me!
Frankly, I have a lot of time to waste at work. All I do is play games or read lol*funny animal*. I'm sick of the lol-phenomenon. Gave me a clever game(like wittyrpg.com) and I'm content for hours. Not sure where this craze started but I wonder what will replace it?
I like my HP because its a power-house. Its certainly lighter than a desktop. Whats the issue? I also like my X60T but it does come close to the power I can put out with my HP DV9000. So, I 'tough out' and carry my anchor around. More sissies.
Back breaking? I carry around a 17" HP DV9000 fully loaded laptop and barely notice it. Perhaps you should get some exercise. Certainly beats carrying around my old kit, 70lbs ruck-sack, 16lbs rifle, and ammo. Sissy.