Having my Sunday evening talk with my parents, my dad asks if he should switch mom to a Mac? (gulp) I put this in the PC section because I need the practical perspective of PC users to help me answer that question. My mom hates technology. She'll tell you. And yet she's been using it, perhaps kicking and screaming, for 40 years. She's been doing word processing since the '80s; emailing (on AOL, natch) since the '90s; had her own laptop since the '00s. And now she shares photos of the grandkids on Facebook with her iPad and iPhone. She hates the stuff, but has had more of it -- I dare say -- than some of us My dad loves computers and gadgets. He's a Windows / PC user and has been since the DOS days. He was excited to get a new Windows 8 touchscreen laptop last Fall. But he's found that Win8 is a big change and says its unexpectedly frustrating at times. Mom's laptop is due for replacement. She usually either gets dad's leftovers and/or a $400 Dell budget buy. Win7 is gone; everything is Win8. She's a big iPhone and iPad user. Does it make sense to up the budget to a $1000 and switch her to a Mac? I don't know. I don't use Windows PCs at home. Work is just now switching to Win7. I know that making a bad recommendation on my mom's next technology can get a person cut from the Will. (I don't want a repeat of the time I advised her to buy a universal remote. *shudder*) What do you think? Windows or OS X for my mom?