This page consists mostly of pointers to more detailed information about what I've been doing with (and, to some extent, to) FreeBSD.
Current laptop is a Dell Precision M4800. I track stable/10 & head on it, as well as update its installed ports, daily. I replaced the disk drive with which it came with a 750GB Seagate Momentus XT 7200rpm drive. I've been generally happy with the performance. I run FreeBSD/amd64 on it, vs. FreeBSD/i386.
The above are three points along a continuum of tradeoffs. For quite a while, I admit that I left several of my FreeBSD systems at the 2nd of the above points -- upgrading was something that I perceived as too much pain for little gain.
Eventually, I became sufficiently uncomfortable with that approach that I found a rather different point on the continuum. Here is where I have the processes I use documented.