I like reading the stories on these boards of people that helped their friends and family switch to Mac, so I thought I would post one that happened to me this weekend. The lady that owns the ranch where my niece boards her horse just purchased a small western-wear store, including the office computer which was a crappy little 700 Mhz HP running Windows ME. Shge asked me if I could come and take a look at it, as she has been having a lot of problems with it (i.e. general slowness, repeated crashing, error messages about missing .dll files, etc.). After messing with it for a good hour (most of which was spend restarting when it crashed) I told her that she would be better off investing in a new machine rather than spending the time and money trying to resurrect this one. She mentioned some specials on generic PC's that she had seen at Office Max, but said she was afraid it would end up like the old one as she knew nothing about virus protection, spyware, etc. So I told her that she had another option, one that was a lot easier to maintain and didn't have the same threat of viruses and malware. I pulled out my Powerbook and introduced her to OSX, and she was immediately intrigued. I showed her how easy the OS was to use, how she could connect her digital camera easily using iPhoto, and how she could surf the web without the same fear of viruses and annoying spyware popup windows as she had on her PC. She was a bit concerned with the price, so we hopped into the car and drove over to Circuit City, and I showed her the Mini. She was instantly smitten ("that's a computer? It's so cute!"). We took it back to her store and had it set up and ready to roll within 15 minutes (not counting the hour I spent trying to get everything off her PC). She loves her new computer because she doesn't have to spend half the day trying to get it to function. Now she can concentrate on running her business. Macs just work.