Ok, here's my situation. I've been using windows for years. I do tech support so I can't entirely drop windows, I have to keep up or I'm no good at my job, and then I can't afford to buy nice shiny things. The thing is, when the day is over and I come home, I want things to be different, I want things to be fun. And most of all I want things to just work. Currently at home I have an AMD64 system with a gig of ddr that is my main system. I've also got an old dell 500mhz handmedown running mepis linux. My wife has a inspiron 600m laptop that she doesn't like to share. I've been wanting to try out a Mac for a while now, pretty much as long as OS X has been out. Things I want to be able to do with a Mac: GarageBand. Nothing too serious here but I've always wanted to create music. iPhoto. Kids are going to be in the future possibly a few years or so and I'm going to want a simple way to organize, catalog and share pics with the family. Write. Again, nothing serious but I've always wanted to write. And of course massive amounts of web surfing and possibly listening to music. Really, I think the main thing is I don't want to be "tied" to my desk so I'm not going to be the type to connect my laptop to an external monitor. That being said and cost being a factor I'm at a bit of a dilema as to what system I want to buy. My currently fairly long list includes the 12 and 14 inch iBooks and the 12 inch PB. Not being familiar with Apple products at all I'm also considering older refurbished or used laptops, but I'm not sure if an older model iBook would be sufficient for my needs since I'm quite a power user normally. I like the size of my wife's 600M (14.1 screen) but I wouldn't mind something smaller for portability's sake. I'll likely be carrying this between home and work several days out of the week. I'm just afraid a 12 inch screen is going to be too small, especially if I really get to doing much with iPhoto or Photoshop Elements. Also, if I did go with a new iBook, I'd like to wait for 10.4. Is Apple likely to update the iBook line anytime soon? One other thing that's not exactly directly related to this, but is it possible to use a firewire hard drive on both windows and OS X machines? I just bought a 300GB maxtor onetouch II and it would be ashame if I couldn't connect it to whatever laptop I eventually get. Any other things I should be considering?