Last week I began getting messages on Windows Vista that instructed me to activate my copy of Vista or risk having my computer shut down. After unsuccessfully trying on my own to find a solution, I broke down and called Microsoft Tech Support. I got someone in India who was obviously reading from a script, was incapable of thinking for herself, and could not even begin to comprehend the problem I was facing. She kept asking for numbers from the install screen. After telling her that the software was installed almost a year ago she said "Yes, I understand" and proceeded to ask me for the same information I told her I couldn't give her because I wasn't installing the software. During the discussion in which I was getting incredibly frustrated, I got the blue screen... After using a loner laptop for about a week and finally getting the prognosis on my computer which, in my opinion, wasn't worth fixing, I bit the bullet and bought my Mac. I was planning on getting one this fall for grad school anyway; this situation, combined with a juicy tax refund, just sped up the process for me. Ben at the Apple Store was a great help to me and even hooked me up with a discount since I'm a teacher and a student. I should have my new Macbook by the end of next week and look forward to joing all of you in Mactopia!!!