This post will be long, sorry in advance. First off, I'm not a true Switcher. I've been a power user on the wintel platform for a long time and develop wintel software for a living. So, you can count on finding an ugly beige box near my desk for the indefinite future. I've wanted a Mac for as a second machine for a while now, but I hate all-in-one's and PowerMacs are too expensive for a second computer (IMO). So, yes, I was one of those people clamoring for an affordable headless Mac. For those of you who complained that us whiners better buy these things when the Mac mini was announced... well, I did, so there! I just ordered tonight 1.42 GHz, 80 GB HD, 512 MB, Combo Drive, with AE/BT options. I also bought the Dell 2001FP 20 1600x1200 LCD monitor. Between their sale and a promo coupon I found on the net I was able to pick up the 2001FP for $529. Im so excited about my Mac mini, Im not sure if the PC or Mac should get the nice new monitor. Probably the PC since I do some gaming (Battlefield 42/DC/Nam and FarCry mostly). Im sure Ill have to hook up the new LCD to the Mac mini just to check it out though. But the mini will be getting my current PC monitor, a 19 Trinitron CRT, so its not getting completely screwed. Being a power user on the wintel platform I've become used to having a variety of apps to choose from for most any task. I mostly wanted a Mac to play with OS X and iLife. Those are my major reasons for buying it. Plus I'll be able to get more use from my 20GB 4G iPod with iSync and iCal. I know there will be some things I do on my PC that I won't be able to do, or do as well on my Mac mini, but I'd like to try to be able to do as much as I can on both platforms. So I'm looking for advice on any Apple or third party programs that will do essentially the same thing on the Mac platform. 1. Browsing - I currently use Firefox exclusively on my PC, except for when I'm running Windows Update or some other stupid site that is coding to IE rather than to the standards. I know Firefox is available for the Mac. I'm seeking feedback from those who have used Firefox and Safari on the Mac. How do they compare, which do you prefer? 2. Email - Is there anyway to hook up the built-in mail client (Mail I believe) to work with Hotmail. I know, I know... I'm planning on ditching Hotmail as soon as Gmail comes out of beta. Gmail has free POP3 support and will probably work fine with Mail. Hotmail can only be used natively with the Outlook or Outlook Express email clients on a PC. However, I found a program called Hotmail Popper that allows you to use Hotmail with any POP3 client. I have been using Thunderbird for many months and don't want to go back to the web interface for Hotmail while waiting for Gmail to go gold. - Is there any program like Hotmail Popper for Mac OS X? (I'm guessing no...) - How does Thunderbird compare to Mail? 3. IM - I have been using Trillian on the PC for years and love it. They don't make a version for OS X, so is there any equivalent program for Mac? Am I stuck with iChat? 4. Web/Database server - I'm currently running a phpbb board with IIS/MySql in the back-end on WinXP Pro. I own a domain name and use a utility program to keep my dynamic IP address updated with my DNS service host. It's a low traffic site, my college buddies and I use to keep in touch in a public forum, post pictures, etc. I have some static pages up there too, but nothing big. I'm wondering if anyone has experience running dynamic websites on OS X and WinXP Pro and if they have any advice about which is easier to maintain. I'm assuming it would probably be a bit more secure on OS X just because it is a smaller target for hackers, but Apache still has its holes that need to be plugged -- which is easier to keep up-to-date with security patches? Keep in mind, Im very familiar with IIS (even coded some IIS administrative utilities for work) but I have never used Apache. Another concern I have is if the server's performance would take a big hit running on a Mac mini, if I were also using for daily tasks, iLife, etc. Like I said this is a low traffic, personal site, but it is running message boards and a database server. It has about 20 users, rarely more than 3-4 simultaneous users on the board. My PC has much better specs than the Mac mini. Can the mini handle it? Thanks in advance to all of you for your advice/opinions. I've been following these boards for a while now, waiting to get a Mac, this is a good community. I'm proud to join the ranks. Although, I still have to wait 2-3 weeks for my mini to ship!