I just got a job at a university, and I have to decide whether to start off with a Mac or PC. The campus is 95% PC, so getting a Mac makes me an oddity. I'd have to do my own tech support, and while PC's get updated every 3-4 years (bulk buying program), Mac users end up having to grovel for money to get new machines. So, is it worth the hassle to ask for a Mac for use at work? If so, what should I push for, realizing that I might not get a new machine for many years? I am pushing for a laptop in addition to the desktop; does that change the decision? To put this into context: I am currently a PC user but am contemplating switching, and the work decision may ultimately influence my home decision. Thanks. Added a few details: Computer needed for social science work, so office apps, stats programs, citations management are more important than graphics, video, development apps. I have no idea what the specs would be on the Mac or this year's version of the basic PC. Last year's PC's were average boxes: P4 2.6, 512mb ram, 80 gig hd. That's one of the worries: If the choice is between an iMac 15 or a better PC, I figure I gotta go with the PC. One more thing: The decision has to happen by the end of the semester, so no waiting until August to see if Apple updates their systems.