1) Do you currently own an SSD? Are you planning on purchasing one or more in the near future?
Yes (three) and Yes. Two most current desktops each have a 60GB and I have another GSkill 60 GB ready to install in the netbook when I get around to tearing it apart.
2) If you’re planning on purchasing an SSD, which brand(s) are you considering and why (price, performance, reliability, brand, etc.)?
Samsung appears new to the game, but has great reviews.
Intels are usually a bit more $ compared to others, but they are come across as being more stable. Their speed numbers aren't always as good, but I'm sure some companies overstate those.
Crucial has put up good numbers and reviews at reasonable prices. They did have that 5100 hour bug in SATA III, but supposedly that is fixed now.
I have a couple of SATA II OCZ drives and they were fine. OCZ's SATA III drives seemed to have a lot
Overall, it seems most manufacturers had issues with SATA III, some (OCZ) more than others. I was looking forward to the 2nd and 3rd gen releases of SATA III drives which should be stable due to lessons learned. At that point the price entry should make it more reasonable to get 128-256 GB drives and not have to worry about space so much.
Relability is the first consideration. Eliminate those with issues -- like I did with OCZ & SATA III.
Price is probably the second issue.
The performance is like a tie breaker. The speeds are so insanely fast there is usually negligible difference.
Brand name helps, but isn't everything.
3) How often do you purchase a new PC (every 12 months or less, every 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 2-3 years, over 3 years)?
Every ~3 years on average. But I will do reasonable upgrades along the way. Putting a SSD in the old P4 made a huge difference.
4) [Canadian residents] What is 125 plus 45 divided by 3 minus 13?
N/A - US resident