As well as a bit of background on where I stand on Macs and PCs! I admittedly don't know much about Macs, never really getting to use one in-depth. Well, ever since I've had to look at the machine my mother ordered, a Dell with Vista on it (Looking at it's 'new' features and annoyances)... I've decided that Windows XP SP2 was the last Windows machine I will hopefully own... I left Windows 98 SE reluctantly and learned to live with XP and XP SP2... They all have their own issues, as Macs do, I'm sure. But until this machine dies out on me... I'll be tinkering on the Vista machine I have access to and gathering as much info on the systems I 'loved to hate' 5 or more years ago as I can... So far, I'm pretty much sold on the idea of learning a system 'that just works' as opposed to the swiss cheese OSes I've bought and was taught on. So far... Vista... It has horrid probs with media.. Like music, videos, etc... Small simple programs, for no reason just hit periods every minute or command where they just don't wanna work for up to a few minutes... On a brand new machine running a minor program (Winamp), when it has the same specs as the machine I'm on now (Better processor, I do believe). She has Vista Premium... Way too many kinds to choose from really... It never shuts down when it's told (Yes, I changed behavior on the power button, etc so it asks what to do). And the problems flow on and this isn't the forum to nag about Windows machines, just that I am seriously considering the move. I think that I have always been curious of the 'near bulletproof' systems that everyone loved and coveted... I used one in school (I don't know the model... It was all in the monitor... Looked tear drop style, came in lots of colors, single button mice... Etc)... I never really thought to because I've been given second hand machines before discarded. I bought this laptop I'm on now (Toshiba Satellite A205-S1064; 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM (Originally 512MB), Intel 915GM 128mb Dynamically allocated memory (Shared with RAM, in long terms...), 40GB hard drive). She's lasted me a few years, I like to play games and such on machines when I can... Love my music (Rip to MP3 so I need not change CDs 100 times a day), I write my so-called novels... Edit photos and just create new ones, use IM programs... Etc... My major questions are just compatability... I have lots of programs I enjoy (Winamp, Opera browser, Gimp (Like Photo Shop, etc), ton of my games... (WoW, American McGee's Alice, Black and White, DOS versions of Doom 1, 2 and 3) and I'm not sure they'll run on OS X Tiger or Leopard... I know it has BootCamp and such... But that just means I'll be running what I just fled from on what I just bought... Hehe... From what I can tell, a lot of my peripherals will work still... Like my good old Logitech 2 button with scroll (The Mighty Mouse looks neat tho...). Basically... I'm just fearful that once I drop the cash for this new machine, everything I like and use now will become unusable to me. I know I'll have to learn a new OS, and honestly, I don't care so much about that... DOS to Windows 98 and then to XP was enough. (The gap was due to not OWNING a computer until Win98SE was the common). I'm a Windows person... Used to swear by them... But the new way of making things prettier in sacrifice of usability and integrity of the machine... Not so much anymore... I'm waiting until this one goes out or gets to a point where I have to swap to Vista or not really have anything at all, as it will be, as it has been with every new Windows OS. I've heard people swapping to Macs and loving them to death... With the "new" things Vista has to offer, I think a system that's had the 'new' things for years and knows how to do them will be better... Honestly... I used to look at Alienware and drool over them... Since Vista hit the market and I got to use it... I've been looking at Apples the same way... Thus concluding my long rant... Long story short... Will all the things I know now become unusable when and if I swap? Long post for my first as a bit of an introductory and background on where I stand to those that may post. I thank you ahead of time for reading and answering.