It seems like lots of people go out and buy expensive PCs and accept the reality that they will have problems. Whether they get infected with spyware, crash frequently, or just plain don't work well, people with PCs have problems. I was one of these people just less than a year ago. Viruses and system slowdowns were plaguing my Gateway, and it was almost unusable! The internet stop connecting due to a Microsoft error, and I was almost to the breaking point. But then, one day I was trying to get advice online and someone made a comment about the Mac. I hadn't really heard too much about them, and I always thought that they were slow and didn't work with anything. I decided to give them a look, and I visited the online store. I fell in love with the iMac G5, the white all-in-one computer from Apple. How could they fit a whole desktop computer into the screen? After showing my dad it, and taking a trip down to the campus Apple reseller, we ended up with a new iMac! Since then everyone who sees it wants one, but they are filled with misconceptions: "Macs don't run anything that I use, like Word or Powerpoint." Actually, they run the whole Microsoft Office suite if you buy the Mac version, and it's pretty cool. "Where are all the applications and files that should be on the desktop?" They are cleverly hid in the Dock, which can be made to disappear. It is a much nicer looking way of keeping apps at your fingertips. You can still put files on the desktop as well, if you're a slob. "But Macs are too slow, and they are for hippy graphics designers!" Actually, anyone can enjoy the Mac and OS X since it is so easy to use. Also, Macs are some of the fastest and most reliable computers out there. "But what about virus software and spyware detectors, I can't find any for the Mac." That's because to date there hasn't been a single "wild" virus that could impact the Mac. The reason that the Mac doesn't have viruses is not because there aren't enough out there, but because the underpinnings and file structures of OS X are much more secure than Windows. "So, what's the catch?" None really. It will take a little bit to adjust to the look and organization of OS X if you are a longtime Windows user, but there are plenty of good resources that will help you if you feel lost. Once you do make The Switch, there really isn't any going back! This was my experience and questions that I had when I switched, and I have since found that my productivity has increased greatly with my Mac. I haven't touched that Gateway in forever, because I never want to go back. I have made songs, created great movies, and started a website just with the software that came with it for free! When you boot it up for the first time, there are now ads, sludgeware programs, FREE AOL crap, nothing. Just the basics that you can expand on. Everything just works. Here is a picture of my iMac sitting on my kitchen counter, as I'm typing this: And the side view of the CD/DVD burner; it sucks up CDs into the computer. I think that many people on this forum would benefit from owning a Mac, especially since it is really good with music things. I decided to write this without any connections to Apple, but instead because I feel that you would be better off with a Mac. If you find yourself wanting to learn more, a good place to start is HERE. Thanks for reading!