I got a nearly working Pismo off ebay for $46 and with parts from my first (non working) Pismo I bought off eBay for $66 I was able to get everything but the DVD drive to work. I really like it though it is bigger than I am used to for carting around (moved up from a 12" 3400).
I would like to upgrade it to the max like I did my 3400 four or five years ago, but this would cost about $500. The problem is by that time OS X probably won't be supporting Power PC Macs and neither will the latest software (90% of which I probably won't need, neither would it run on a 550MHz G4 much less on a 400MHz G3!)
But I am thinking, should I just use the Pismo as-is for now (maybe fix the DVD drive and Get OS X 10.3.9 on it). And then save the money and get a used MacBook or MacBook Pro? I know the early models of both had problems, but there should be fixes or work arounds, or just skip the first generation.
What do you think?