Before I begin, I need to thank the members of Home Theater Forum. Last year, as I contemplated my next computer purchased, many of you had to put up with me as I "hemmed and hawed" over whether I should buy a PC or a macintosh. I should note that during the time of my decision dilemma, my $4k custom built PC from Velocity Micro was being serviced for the umpteenth time. One thing that the folks at Velocity Micro told me was that custom built computers are more prone to having software conflicts because of all the different pieces of hardware installed inside. Then there was Microsoft's new operating system.... In early November I began beta testing Windows Vista. I was quite shocked and disappointed to find that after years of work that Microsoft put into this operating system, the new OS was more "evolutionary" than "revolutionary." For me, VISTA is little more than a glorified Windows XP, and if this was the best that Microsoft could do, then I needed to look elsewhere. Getting back to the members of Home Theater Forum.... I can't tell you how many times a handful of members urged me to go and buy a mac. For months I resisted. After all, for years the word "mac" was something not highly spoken about within the PC community. For many PC users, a mac is readily regarded as an ultra-expensive "alien" computer that is difficult to master. Some feel you can't do half the things on a mac that you can do on a PC. This sort of thought process is burned into the minds of PC users and for that reason, most are hesitant to make the switch -- despite the fact their home PC is acting as flaky as ever. When Velocity Micro still had my PC computer in shop for over 7 weeks, I crossed my fingers and ordered a Mac Pro desktop. You can imagine the fear that went through my mind when I dropped $3.5k on a souped up version of the Pro -- but at least the overall cost of the purchase was somewhat comparable to what a PC of equal value would have cost. When I first turned on my Mac Pro I must admit I had a few moments of not knowing to do next. At first, OS X can seem a bit intimidating to a PC user. However, within an hour I was freely moving across its interface installing my first batch of programs. What is most remarkable about OS X is that you simply drag files (equivalent to .exe) to a folder and that program is instantly installed. When you want to remove a program, you simply drag its icon to the trashcan. There is no registry to deal with here. The most important and perhaps ironic reason why I decided to finally purchase a mac was for the reason that through a revolutionary piece of software called Parallels, I was able to use Windows within the OS X environment. In other words, I have both the mac OS X and Windows Vista operating system running in the same environment at the same time. Take a look at my desktop.... a PC with full 3D gaming and higher graphic support. I honestly feel there is an "awakening" taking place amongst PC users who are tired of buying computers that flake out on them or run on operating systems like Windows that have borrowed features that were in mac operating systems long before it. There's something to be said for those cool "Hello, I'm a Mac -- I'm a PC" commercials that have brought out the humorous aspects of windows flawed. After a few short weeks, I am proud to say that I am a very content mac user. The investment I made in this Mac Pro was a very solid one. I think anyone contemplating their next PC purchase should take a long, hard look at what Apple has to offer.