Why don't you guys go drool over Dell laptops on the Dell forum?
I agree. It feels like this thread is getting off-topic.
I guess I should make myself much more clearer about my sentimental feelings over my ThinkPads (and the brand as a whole): I treat my ThinkPads (and any ThinkPad I see) like human beings. I have a deep attachment to them. They mean the world to me. I don't really know why that is but I believe that there are many factors, but I'm guessing that the main reason is because I grew up in isolation for at least most of the time, starting in late childhood. I was different than my peers and parents (and still am) so they didn't understand my differences. As a result, I had a hard time relating to them and so I didn't hang around them a whole lot. I needed someone (or friends) who could help me with my social/emotional development and generally to help me understand my world. One day, out of nowhere, I came upon a ThinkPad (I was in 6th grade). It thought they were so cool when I first saw one, but my love for ThinKPads intensified once I entered 7th grade. I had found out more about them and I was impressed by their history and all of that stuff, plus my middle school was about to purchase a whole bunch of ThinkPads for all the classrooms and I was going to help them set them all up. There was this guy at the school who was responsible for purchasing and setting them up and he accepted my offer to help him out when I asked him if I could help. It was a great experience that I'll never forget. I credit this guy for really getting me into ThinkPads. Sadly, he died tragically (he was murdered) almost a year ago and this is probably another reason why I'm so attached to my ThinkPads (and the brand as a whole). We were great friends and really got along. He was like a father-figure to me because I basically grew up without a father (even though he was there physically, he wasn't there emotionally - he cheated on my mom the whole time). Not a day goes by that I don't think about him. On the isolation side, things have improved since I was a kid (I'm 21 now, but turning 22 in May) and I believe that ThinkPads are responsible for turning things around for me. If I didn't use my imagination to personify them I don't think I would be were I am right now.
Now I'm going to share some memories of my ThinkPads:
My R51 ("Steven"): I got my R51 back in November 2004. This was my first laptop and my first ThinkPad (you can already see the meaning it has for me). I used it for school (I was in high school at the time) and it pretty much went everywhere with me. I was really attached to my R51. It was like a son to me (in fact, all of my ThinkPads are). I was very protective of it when I first got it (I just felt very protective of it at the time). I would even huddle around it whenever I was feeling down (which happened plenty of times during that time, as there was plenty of drama going on between my parents and at school).
My T41 ("T.K."): I got my T41 back in August 2007 as a barebones unit. I got it because I wanted to rebuild a ThinkPad and I also wanted to see how a T series feels like. I also wanted to have buddy (a little brother, as to say) for my R51. In addition to my R51, I carried my T41 nearly everywhere (even the beach, but I didn't use them. It was just to have them around - or in my own words, "to spend some time with my kids").
My 600 ("Bobby"): I got my 600 back in 2009. It was given to me by a relative. During this time, my R51 and T41 fell victim to the "loose GPU" issue that is so common on these ThinkPads, so I had use it until early 2010 (when I got my T60). It was great to get a feel of how its like to use a 600, as I had heard many great things about them, and I had a great time using it. I like to call it my "cousin" since it was given to me by a relative (who's a cousin of mine).
My T60 ("Justin"): I got my T60 back in February 2010. I got it because I needed to upgrade to something more powerful (instead of going back to my R51, which was my main computer before I got my T60), and because I really wanted a T60 since they first came out. I'm currently using it for my music, design, and business studies (I'm self-schooling), as well as for social networking and entertainment. When I retire it as my main computer late this year or next year, it will become my "assistant" (I'm in the process of starting my own business and could use it to do some tasks). Over the last 2 years, I have really bonded and formed a deep connection with my T60. It's been helping me with everything that I needed to do recently to help me get my career up-and-running. In addition, I really see myself in it - in fact, if I were I ThinkPad I would most likely be a T60.