Think about that. You're traveling with your new MacBook Cloud, which potentially cost less than your cell phone, and your machine is lost/stolen/missing/whatever. Are you worrying about the sensitive data you're working on? Nope. Your data is still safe and accessible. Are you upset about the 200 bones? Probably, but that number pales in comparison to most business notebooks and isn't even in the same ballpark with losing your secret plans for world domination. Are you worried about someone hacking your password? Not even. Just log into your me.com account and change the password. Ta-da! You've now taken a potentially disastrous experience and eliminated all the risk for $200. You wouldn't even break a sweat if customs confiscated it on your way back into the country.
Warning: Everything I've done to create my cloudbook violates the Mac OS X EULA, trashes your Dell warranty, and in general will probably lead to other trouble. So don't hold me, InfoWorld, Apple Computer, Dell, Gizmodo, or anyone else responsible for whatever actions you're about to take. Proceed at your own risk.
With that out of the way, the process is quite simple -- I've yet to meet anyone who's had any trouble. My two bits are really just an add-on to the Gizmodo instructions, so I'm going to hit the high notes and point you where you need to go. That way I give credit where credit is due and don't get InfoWorld into any more trouble than necessary. Let's turn your Dell Mini 9 into a MacBook Cloud.
1. Get your hands on a Dell Mini 9. The Mini 9 I snagged sports 1GB of RAM and an 8GB solid state hard drive. Sounds weak, I know, but it's been a pleasure to use. You can upgrade to 2GB for a little extra scratch, but I've yet to feel that necessary.
2. Follow Gizmodo's instructions entitled "How To: Hackintosh a Dell Mini 9 Into the Ultimate OS X Netbook." If you're thinking it sounds hard, quit worrying. I followed these instructions plus a couple of Web tips for reducing the size of Mac OS X, and had my Hackintosh up and running in less than 30 minutes.
3. Configure your machine so that no files can be saved locally. I know, you really don't have to configure anything if you just follow the rules when using your new machine, but we all get tired, are subject to proverbial bad days, and are indoctrinated by years of personal computer usage to save to our hard drives. I work 20-hour days on a regular basis and rarely know what day of the week it is, so I decided to eliminate the possibility I might (gasp!) accidentally save a file locally.