I am an old Mac and now Wintel user (been out of the mac game for 10 years). I have been wanting to "Get back to Mac" , I love OS X the few times I have used it :> Unfortunatly my budget at this stage is fairly limited, and I am not sure how hard the move will be, or if I will end up leaving windows forever. Because of these factors I am not in a possition to go out lay down for a new machine right now. I was thinking that I could dip-the-toe-in so to speak and buy a older mac off ebay(etc). Also my girlfriend wants me to get her a cheap laptop for uni and has specified a mac as her first choice. I am not looking for kick-arse games performance or even a killer Photoshop machine. Hey my other computer is a 1.6 Ghz lappy! (laptop) Just something to do email, word processing that sort of thing. (I work in software and would also like to do a bit of tinker with the OSX programming, maybe some Filemaker development - but not huge) Probably the most important aspect is the smooth running of the machine. I don't want the be waiting for the GUI - this is the biggest thing that ***** me about Windoze! So guys, what is your recommendation for where to start? Will a G3 do or Do I need to go for a more current model G4? I like laptops and am quite taken by the look of the iBook, no performace hits? What sort of Processor speed is needed for reasonable performace with new OS revs. Cheaper the better as I if everything goes well with my experience I WILL be upgrading in the furture (a year?) and doing a full electronic-life transition. I was thinking a G3 ibook, running Tiger. Thoughts? Will that new Tiger run ok? (I have been told that it should run on any thing as long as it has decent RAM (256-512+) Any and all thoughts comments and advise are warmly welcomed. Mike.