A friend of mine got a new P.C. at roughly the same time I got my new PowerBook (a few weeks ago). She wouldn't switch despite my best efforts and instead bought a 17" HP laptop running Windows Media Center. She laughed at my 12" PB (which I plug into a larger monitor when I work in webdesign) and went on and on about how cool Media Center is. She started encountering problems with her computer as soon as she took it out of the (less than eye-catching) box. The first time she ran anti-spyware software she was caught tons of instances of spyware, slowing the thing down so that she couldnt even tell that she was had a gig of RAM. I, on the other hand, was merrily tweaking my system preferences and enjoying how fast Photoshop and the rest of the Creative Suite ran. By the end of the first week, spyware had taken over her entire system. She no longer had admin privilages and couldn't add or remove programs, or connect to the network. She attempted to run ad-aware only to find that the system would stop it from running. She called HP, but they just explained what a virius was and then called the problem resolved. At this time I had successfully connected to both the network in my apartment and the one at school, taken my PowerBook to class with me in order to take notes, and gotten all my data beautifully organized. This weekend, my friend's only option is to do a complete reinstall on her less than one month old system, losing all of her data. When I told her how ridiculous I thought that was, she just told me that computers worked like that, and sometimes they just crash and it is no big deal, you just have to spend a few hours and sometimes you can even keep some of your data. I told her that I had never experienced this on a Mac. I'm definitely glad I'm a Mac user.