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The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were the world's tallest buildings (from 1998 to 2004), before being surpassed by the Taipei 101 in Taiwan. Also used in the movie Entrapment starring Sean Connery.
I'll third the lenovo thinkpad(former IBMs). IMO, they're like the zeiss of PC-laptops - excellent build quality(no cheap plastic)+functionality(eg. can't live without their patented red trackpoint mouse-navigator), but not entirely priced like a zeiss. Dells are like sigma-tamrons, they'll work...
On your old PC, export the database(i use the read-only,compressed version option) to a directory. Copy the whole directory to your new PC and do a import. I did this recently and it worked like a charm.
Hope this helps.
Bruce, have a read at www.drycreekphoto.com
Good place to learn about colour mgmt and most of your questions will be answered there.
Quick answers to your question: you'll need a printer profile for your Pixma, to use as proof in NX. I'd say most calibrators will work on your notebook.
Agreed, the 2 muscle men scene was absolutely hilarious. I'm still recovering from the laughing aches i had that night.
Unfortunately, a lot of the US version are quite bad compared to the original UK versions. To name a few: Coupling, Kitchen nightmares.