im a student in high school and i am planning on buying a laptop soon. I've mostly only worked on Windows machines and im sick of them. We just purchased a new desktop and it has the usual windows problems: slowness, freezing, errors etc... I was wondering, are mac machines really a better solution to the frustration Bill Gates has put on us windows users? If so, i definitly want to purchase an ibook. If not, i could just buy an ugly, windows laptop for 700 bucks. Also, can someone help me with the basic differnces between windows and Mac OS. Its been a while since ive used a mac, and that was OS 8.