Here's a great, sweary presentation from Artur Bergman about the joy of using SSDs in your laptop and data-center, and how it's totally, absolutely worth the expense of replacing spinning drives with solid-state drives. I've been solid-state for more than a year, and I totally, absolutely agree.
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.