This is just a brief outburst on my part, don't look too deep into it! Okay, I just got my little orientation CD-ROM from IT people at the University of Chicago today, and I was browsing through it when I came upon their "recommended" computers: Dell D-STD17-R PLUS Dell Optiplex GX280T $1,250 3.2GHz Pentium IV Processor Gigabit Ethernet Integrated DVMT 1GB Non-ECC SDRAM 400MHz DDR2 (2 DIMM) 80GB SATA 7200 RPM Hard Drive 3 PCI Slots, 1 PCI Express Slot, 8 USB Ports Dell Optical Mouse Dell USB Keyboard Minitower Chassis - Charcoal Grey 8X DVD+RW/+R w/ Sonic Record Now Deluxe w/ DVD playback Dell 3 Year NBD On-Site Warranty Dell 1704FP 17" Flat Panel Monitor, height adjustable stand Windows XP Professional Apple ASTD13-R Power Macintosh G5 $2,450 PowerMac G5 Dual 2GHz Gigabit Ethernet ATI Radeon 9600 w/ 128MB 512MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM 120GB Serial ATA Hard Drive 1 FireWire 800 port, 2 FireWire 400 ports, 5 USB Ports Apple Mouse Apple Keyboard Minitower Chassis - 56K Modem 16x SuperDrive Built-In Speakers Apple 1 Year Warranty Apple 20" Cinema Display That Mac is just ridiculous for what they claim the main needs of UC students are: "Most students at the University use computers for sending and receiving email, writing papers, accessing the web, creating presentations, and occasionally using other applications or games." So, why not recommend an iMac instead of a Dual-2Ghz G5 with a 20" Cinema Display? I'd say a Mac Mini or eMac even, but the iMac is the most closely priced to the Dell, with many of the same features. I don't know, it just seems to me that people will see the price of the Mac as twice that of the PC and not even consider any other options. By putting on a rather overpowered and also overpriced machine, they're probably scaring away a lot of potential Mac users.