I want to switch to a MacBook, but I have a hard time convincing my mom about it. She adamantly just doesn't want to have anything to do with a mac, and I suspect it's because of the price of getting a new one. Recently, my com was hit by a virus as well, and after 1.5 years of fiercely protecting my com from viruses, I realize that I'm still vulnerable as ever. (The last infection was early in 2004.) Running all the security software in the background slows my computer and hogs my memory... ZoneAlarm, AVG Antivirus, Ad-Aware, SpyBot Search and Destroy, FreeRam XP Pro (to keep my RAM usage in check)... this all has to run while I'm trying to use Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Firefox, OpenOffice Writer and Calc all at the same time. 384MB for WinXP and all that? Not enough. And I can't upgrade my Fujitsu's RAM. Btw, my Fujitsu is 5 years old. Things is, I know in my conscience that my computer can probably keep running for another 1 year or so without any major problems; if I ask for a new computer, my mom will invariably try to send over her old laptop, which I totally don't want. It's an ultraportable Sharp laptop, and can't handle any multimedia. I do multimedia stuff on a weekly basis, and I can't afford to have something like a PIII 700MHz with only 256MB RAM. That's downgrading. The alternative is she'll send her 1.4GHz notebook with 512MB RAM. I wouldn't want that either, for it still runs Windows. Essentially, I want to up the power on my computer, and I want software security. But she won't agree that a Mac has that. Oh well, enough for my rattling. What advice do you guys have?