I got my first Apple on Saturday, Sep 27th. (I mentioned this earlier at the Hardware forum, but i thought it worth mentioning again ) iMac 1.25GHz, 768MB Ram, AE Card, everything else standard. I had more problems doing the purchase than with the iMac since! On thursday / friday I did three things : went to get car-insurance for NJ, to the Dentist for an extraction, and tried to buy this iMac, and I am sorry to say that the last was the most painful The internet-order at MacMall goes in fine on Thursday, but i do not see it move from 'Review by Mgr' till lunch friday, so call up, and after being transferred a couple of times, am told that my order is held up because they are waiting for me to send them (i) photostat copies of my credit card (ii) copies of my drivers license and (iii) a letter authorizing them to use my credit card. !!?!! At this point I was half-expecting them to add 'duly notarized' Why all that? Because I 'had changed my address' recently! Yes, I moved from MN to NJ in June, but nobody else objected ! Anyway, doing all that paper-work was not an option (away from my desk), and I did not like the tone at the other end - what would I get post-sales? So cancelled it, and repeated the order at ClubMac. But whaddya know? They are the same organization! Realized my mistake faster this time, and again, cancelled the order and finally ordered at MacZone at around 6pm, this time by phone. The sales guy was friendly, and when I mentioned that I would have liked to get the machine on saturday, tells me that he will see what he could do, this with a mere $26 two-day-delivery shipping! Reach home to see a msg that my credit card was declined (no wonder, 3 separate orders for an iMac on the same day...) Called MBNA, cleared it with them, called MacZone at 9.15pm to ask to move the order. Long story short, received the iMac on Saturday by Noon! (And I checked that Airborne had picked up the pkg in OH at 9.28pm, maybe minutes after I called.) Enuff compensation for what could have been a bad first experience. So after all that, it was smooth sailing. But for a minor hiccup (detailed here http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=39785 ), not a single bump. And the more I use it, the more I love it. Find myself exclaiming at every step, 'Wow, it does ...!' And look forward to go back home so I can do more of that I would be remiss if I did not mention that Macrumors has been my primary motivator in switching to Apple. Way back in March I strayed onto here to check out some link, and got hooked. Macrumors has been my home page for some time now, and I did not even own a Mac! If the last 48 hours are any indication, my long-dormant love for computers has resurfaced! Thanks Arn, and the rest of you. Just a couple questions : a. The 17" screen is unconventional, more rectangular than the PC-square. So find myself lifting the mouse time and again to re-adjust, as i keep running of mouse-pad-space. Is that normal? b. Many more small niggling questions, but I guess I could grab a book off B&Noble to help me out? Anybody hazard an opinion which? Mind you, I am seasoned PC-person, so need something to put me on the track to power-user-dom right off. edit : found an earlier thread for books : http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=33988&highlight=book+recommendation so Pogue seems to guy to trust?