melabs Serial PIC Programmer on MacBook Pro
I'm pleased to say that the programmer setup was effortless and problem-free, paired with an Iogear GUC232A USB-Serial converter. Along with the student (free) version of the Microchip C18 compiler, I'm fully set up for hotel room PIC development on the MacBook Pro.
Now it's time to go stuff my soldering iron into my suitcase. See you all again from across the pond.