So I have one program from windoze that I still love and need. Mathcad. So I have kept my inspiron around so that I could integrate gaussians and do algebraic stuff that mathcad is awesome at.
Today I decided to install vmware on my macbook (1G memory) just so I could have mathcad.
For those of you who have any desire to do this or have residual windoze programs that you may desire to use then I am happy to say the process is incredibly painless and sub $65. I was able to use mathcad without "seeing" windows in under 70 minutes.
Note on the screen shot, that the winapp mathcad is in the dock along with windows explorer and it is open in the 10.4 screen.
So, completely painless so far, runs faster than the native inspiron, and basically everything I hoped it would be.