I think your title suggestion is a good one. Thanks for the kind words.
You write very well btw - you should consider writing articles yourself - and then everyone can yell at you :)
I own Logic so I have their dongle. It's not that much smaller at all. (I can send you a digital photo of both in the palm of my hand) The iLok dongle is about a 1/2" longer with a loop for a keychain or security measures... The thing is - the Logic dongle is only for Logic. The iLok dongle is for my entire life. I have ALL my plug-in authorizations on it. I travel from studio to studio with my iLok and my plug-in folder on my iPod and with both of these items, I have my entire studio with me ALL the time. My Logic dongle ONLY allows me to open Logic. It serves NO other purpose.
I too like the MOTU gear - but as I say many times now, most everyone I know uses Pro Tools. For my business and my need to collaborate from musician to musician - from studio to studio - it's important to me to stick with Pro Tools. I'm not a huge Digital Performer fan. I use MOTU's Mach Five sampler, that I LOVE, but the only thing I have heard in 2 years from MOTU's support line is a busy signal.... I also do wish Pro Tools did not need a Digi blessed interface. I agree that this is a MAJOR inconvenience. But - there is SOOO much cracked software out there. Even on OSX. It's so easy to steal software these days, Digi is protecting themselves and rightly so. People don't steal Pro Tools because they can't. If you think about it from Digi's persepctive, it's pretty smart. (I have friends with cracked versions of everything but Pro Tools).
You do say 'Lugging around" the interface. The new M-Audio stuff is tiny and amazing... (see the Firewire Solo and 410)
I like your idea about future articles. Maybe you should write one? LOVE your bag of ice trick!!!!
Thanks again for the great feedback.