Hey everyone. Been lurking on the forum for several weeks, figured I'd finally register and introduce myself. I'm a 24 year old life-long geek living in Austin, TX. Work right now is at the IBM facility here, where I serve as an AIX administrator for IBM's Developer Relations website. I've been at the keyboard since I was 5, when my parents bought me a TI 99/4A. I loved that little machine, and have one that I bought again in a fit of nostalgia, several years ago, sitting in the closet. My OS of choice for the last seven or eight years has been Linux. I started off installing Slackware onto an ancient 386; Slackware was chosen because it still offered 5.25" disk images. I self-taught myself enough to make Unix slinging a semi-lucrative profession. Over the years, I've mucked around with Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, SCO Unix, Solaris, AIX, and more. Recently, however, I've been getting tired of the runaround. I still believe that Unix is a strong contender in the server world, and I think Linux might have a good future as a desktop operating system, but I spend enough time dealing with b0rken OSen at work that I don't have the energy any more to be a member of the Kernel of the Week club, keep up with 200 different software packages, fix all manner of mangled software dependencies, figure out why X won't hold a decent refresh week this week, and so on, ad infinitum. It's too much like work. I've been interested in Macs for years, but never really thought much about owning one (aside from an old Performa I bought to screw around with) until OS X came out. Wow... Unixy goodness, with a slick candy-coated interface on top of it? Sign me up! Money always got in the way, though, until this year, when my girlfriend offered to buy me a nice computer for Christmas. The first thought that popped into my head was "PowerBook!" I did some research, and soon -- barring great misfortune -- will have a 1.25GHz 15" AlBook on the way. I'm looking forward to getting it into my grubby little hands.... although I'm rather trepidatious about all the problems I've been reading about. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and I know I'm going to be scouring my screen looking for dead pixels and white spots. Hopefully this shipping delay that's popped up recently is due to Apple trying to solve some of those problems. At any rate, I've probably rambled on enough. I'm beginning to think this should have gone into Switch Stories, but I figured that could wait until I'd actually switched. Nice to meet y'all.