Who is Hmh?
I am also involved with the tp_smapi and HDAPS Linux drivers, as a beta-tester and power-user. I don't list myself as a developer for those projects because I have never contributed a single line of code to them, just suggestions and bug reports ;-)
I own just a simple T43 model 2687-DDU. It is a great machine: a very solid ThinkPad, with its own set of annoying quirks just like any other IBM-era ThinkPad. The SATA-PATA bridge, tg3 noise at full network load, and lack of support for AHCI being the worst ones IMHO.
This is a ping edit, to let Akw know I am still alive and to not purge my account ;-)