I know it’s a poor excuse to shell out US$500 for the Mac mini, but did you notice the really cool DVI-to-VGA adapter that comes with this computer? It is certainly much smaller than what came with your PowerBook and doesn’t have that long annoying cable between each plug. I know what’s going in my travel kit soon – one way or another.
Go to your local Apple Authorized Service provider, and ask for part number 922-6675. That is the Mac mini DVI to VGA adapter’s part number. You’ll have to pay for it, and prices will vary from shop to shop, and it will take a day or two to get it.