For those who aren't aware of this yet, there is an Emacs Stackexchange site that's currently in beta. I'd like to encourage everybody to take part in it so it can become a viable site on the Stack Exchange network.
Announcement on the emacs-devel list. Fingers crossed that 24.4. will be out in a few days as mentioned.
We have an early 2008 MacBook "Blackbook" that is still working perfectly well and does everything we ask from it. It's one of the reasons I love Apple hardware - it's well engineered and works without a major fuss. Obviously we're not playing games on it but it's perfect for us to use for tasks that need a bit more power or typing than you'd want to do on a tablet. It's also perfect for doing tasks that I want to use a separate computer for, like online banking.
If you haven't heard about the bash "shellshock" bug yet, it may be time to peek out from underneath the rock you've been under ;). While bash isn't installed as standard on FreeBSD, there's a very good chance that someone either installed it because it's their preferred shell or because one of the ports lists it as a dependency. Either way, now would be a really good time to check if your machine has bash installed if you haven't done so already. Go on, I'll wait.