Hi everyone. Long story short, I'm getting a free MacBook, should arrive sometime next week (no, it's not one of those referral sites, or anything scammy.) Firstly, let me say I'm on Windows Vista right now and it's not as bad as some say it is. On the other hand, I've never used OSX before. I guess I've been reluctant to use a mac in the past due to inaccessibility in my area and the fact that I had some bad experiences the last time I used a Mac... I think it was OS 5 . I looked on Apple's website one night, and within minutes I was "switched." Not sure if OSX is that great or if I'm easily persuaded by pretty ads. Bye-bye blue screen of death, hello expensive apple stuff... If I really wanted to buy one I'd wait until the Montevina update, but... it's free . I'm posting this here because I'm pretty certain it's a 2.4Ghz White Macbook, although it could be any other model, or even a MBP :O (*loves the backlit keyboard on those things*)! Anyways, onto the questions... Windows on a Mac/Bootcamp I'm probably going to install Windows XP using bootcamp, as I have a few Windows only games/apps. A few questions concerning that... 1. Will installing Bootcamp slow down the mac at all? Will XP run slower than normal? 2. Is the partition adjustable in size after installing Bootcamp? 3. I've heard of Parallels and VMware fusion. Are these slower than Bootcamp and able to run games? 4. Anything else about running Windows on a Mac which I should know? File Transfer 1. I don't have an external hard drive; would I be able to use MobileMe's iDisk to transfer files from my PC to Mac? 2. How easy is it to import email from Microsoft Outlook into Mail? 3. How can I import my iTunes library onto the MacBook? 4. Anything else I should know about file transfer? I've skimmed through Apple's "Move to Mac" website already. The MacBook itself... 1. I've read these forums for a while... is palm rest discoloration and case cracking still an issue in the newer MacBooks? If so, is there anything I can do to prevent this? 2. Do the White MacBook's scratch easily? If so, is there anything (feasible) I can do to prevent this? 3. Is the palm rest really as uncomfortably sharp as I've heard it is? 4. When I turn it on for the first time, should I have the power supply plugged in? 5. The MacBook will be more of a 'portable desktop' for me, probably spending most time, uh, on top of a desk . Should I have the power supply plugged in most of the time (most convenient), or let it drain and charge when necessary (best for battery?)? Mac Software 1. Stupid question, but... is it FAST? One of the the things I've disliked about Windows is that not only does it take 1-2 mins to start, but after that I have to wait a few minutes for it to become responsive whilst it opens all the startup apps. Can I expect something like this on a Mac, or will it be ready to use immediately after it boots? 2. About viruses, spyware etc... Do I need to install antivirus software on a Mac? 3. Even if viruses/spyware are coded for Windows and don't do anything to a Mac, are they still downloaded and existing on the Mac system? If so, is there a way to delete them? 4. Can someone explain the mac folder hierarchy, "terminal" and trash to me? I kind of get it, but a simplified version would be great. What's all this about dragging disk drives to the trash? From what I remember in OS 5ish, you had to drag every app to the trash when you were finished with it . 5. I'm running Safari on Windows Vista right now, and I've gotta say I like Firefox better as it 'pre-loads' web pages faster, and is more customizable. How does Safari compare to Firefox on a Mac? 6. Are iWork 08 and Office for Mac 2008 as bad as everyone says they are? =| 7. If I were to order Office for Mac 2008 - is "Messenger for Mac" the Mac equivalent of Windows Live Messenger? Does it support video chat with the iSight camera? 8. Does Skype support video chat with iSight on a Mac? 9. Is iChat only compatible with AIM on Windows? Is video chat between the two supported? 10. Anything else I should know (I've seen the recommended software list)? Other 1. Is the Apple Remote included with the iPod Universal Dock compatible with the MacBook? I plan on using FrontRow and Keynote/Powerpoint a lot, and figure I might as well get the Dock if I need the remote. 2. AppleCare is BEEPING EXPENSIVE... but I think it's worth it, probably due to all the problem-posters here . I'm assuming that I can wait until the 90 day phone support expires and buy AppleCare on, say, day 89 without a problem? XD 3. Overall, is there anything else I should know? I've read through most of the "Mac 101" "Switch 101" and "Move to Mac" parts of Apple's website. --- I'll probably update this list as I think of a bunch more questions . Thanks.