I have been fortunate over the years to use a variety of state-of-the-art hardware for my work and play. I’ve used several generations of MacBooks, as well as highly tuned modern Windows machines. Whether supplied by my employers or purchased for my own use, I’ve had access to the best. And yet, these days, the machine I find myself using the most (including to write this very post) is a ThinkPad W500, which hasn’t been state-of-the-art for at least a decade now, probably longer.