Hi All, First of all apoligies about all these questions but this looks a damn friendly forum so I hope that this first post is welcome. I have come here in hope of some advice for somebody that currently does not have MacBook Pro, but the "need" and "want" to get one is seriously eating away at me. I have now walked out retailers two of three times before nearly pulling the old credit card out! The only thing that really stopped me was I was worried the shop keeper would try to sell me the world, when I don't quite need all of it! For the past 20 years I have been a Windows user. I have always hated Mac's and such until I got an iPhone. It was not long before the iPad came along and I just fell in love with the interface and the way everything works. I did dip into the Andriod market but it just felt wrong and hurried compared to Apple's products so quickly left it alone. So in a nutshell, I am not a fanboy but do apprichate the Apple product. Ideally my needs to help judge and I would apprichate any hints here as to apps etc would be as follows. These are what I can't do without above and beyond standard internet applications. 1. Office 2. A Good Accounts Package 3. Gaming ( to football manager / mame levels - not interested in 3D etc ) 4. Would like to be able to run some old Windows programs that I know are not available on Mac's My uses would really fall into the following groups. 1. iTunes 2. Office 3. Internet 4. Gaming 5. Photo management and editing ( and possibly very basic video ) 6. I would like to get a Dev Apple account to get latest IOS and try my hand at programming. 7. VMWare for some work related stuff. I know that these devices don't have large hard disks so I would need some kind of external disk to use as well, but from a Mac point of view I have no idea on the type that I would need or how it would connect. Data is very important to me. I presently on the PC have a Western Digital World Book that I backup across the network to. I would hope I can see that via the potential new laptop. Has anyone got any experince of Good Sync on the MAC ? In the Windows world, hard disks seem to fail at an alarming rate in my life ( once per year! ). I am unlucky. Is there a way to backup the hard drive image like you can on Windows if you needed to roll back / restore everything ? I have been also wondering if a refurb is the way to go direct from Apple. Sorry for all these questions but if anyone with a good head would help an old boy like myself, it would be most welcome to avoid me making a terrible mistake as I can only afford to do this once! Thank you.