New to Apple, figured I'd say hello... Eight weeks ago, I bought my 2.5g MBP 17" (Early 08) from a retailer that was blowing them out when the Unibodies hit the shelves. They discounted this machine $400. I got it home, booted it up to make sure it worked, shut it down, flipped it over and installed 4g of ram from my previous HP C2D. Worked like a champ. Next, I ordered a Seagate Momentus 320g 7200rpm drive. Flipped her over again, tore into it and swapped out the HD. I didn't have a #6 Torx, so I dremeled down a #8 Torx and re-ground the slots with the cutter. Worked great. I also ordered an external enclosure and the old 250g drive is now my Time Machine disk. Final Cut Express and an Elgato Turbo.264 were next on the hit list. The t.264 is fun to toy with, but it has its limits--no HD. So I primarily use it to make iPod Videos. After about 6 weeks with my machine, I bought a 2g MB Unibody for the wife. Fortunately, no dead pixels, no loose battery cover, one slanted key which I fixed with the cardstock trick. OSX really shines in this environment because we're rarely working on our machines in the same space. When she gets stuck, she pings me on iChat. We video chat, I share her screen, get her through her issue, then go back to work. Lazy? You Bet. Very cool and *just works*, Yes. I love the fact that I don't have to sign away my firstborn son in order to RDC to another machine on my LAN. Finally, I took advantage of the Brother Promo and got an HL-4040cn Color Laser printer for $200. The Mac recognized it without even inserting a disk. Works great. This was a great deal for a good printer. Having been a PC guy forever and a Linux guy for 10 years, I'm always tinkering. So I'm posting a few tips I've picked up in the past two months that have made the Mac experience even more enjoyable: Subjective Improvement (no way to prove this, but it feels faster) Remove Safari Page Load Delay: defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitInitialTimedLayoutDelay 0.000001 Same as above: 1) Survives reboot: echo "net.inet.tcp.delayed_ack=1" >> /etc/sysctl.conf 2) Doesn't survive reboot: sysctl -w net.inet.tcp.delayed_ack=1 Samba File Sharing: Spent a TON of time figuring this out. I have an N router. First tests with Samba server showed about 5MB/s transfer speed. FTP from the MBP to the same file server showed 11MB/s. Clearly, this is a Mac SMB implementation issue. Interesting thing though, when I initiated a 2nd, 3rd, 4th simultaneous transfer, the bitrate climbed to 11MB (still does). So, Mac's SMB implementation will do the speed, just not with a single file being copied. A little bit of Samba tweaking nets me 8MB/s for a single file. I'm living with it, but I think they need to fix this. BTW: Vista performs worse. I even video taped it and put it on Youtube. While I was video taping this test, Explorer crashed. Ok, so why I switched: Vista's security implementation just sucks. UAC is a disaster and whomever released that on the public should have been fired. The motive is admirable, the means are miserable. OSX has a reasonable approach--much less invasive. After 8 months on Vista, my N connection started to randomly drop. The only way to get it back was a reboot. Finally, I imaged the drive, and the drops continued (mind you, for 8 months it was solid) HP didn't have a fix, but Intel's newest driver apparently solved it. This was only on N too, not G. That issue snapped it for me. I've been in and out of Linux on the desktop for many years. My main problems with Linux are: 1) Fonts are ugly. I've tried every trick I could find to solve this, but never got it right. I have to give it to MS on this front. While Mac fonts are really good, MS wins in this category IMHO. 2) Odd issues persist: ie HP Laptops still require kernel options to avoid an acpi lockup during boot. Should be fixed by now. I also don't like having to use MS Wireless drivers with ndis to get Broadcom chips to work. 3) Consistent interface: While the app library for Linux is growing, the interface for those apps can vary wildly. It's a nit I know, but at least with the Mac (and Windows), everything looks and feels the same. Anyway, so there it is. I've completed the switch to Mac and OSX. At this point, I can't foresee a change back to MS. My machine has been very stable under crazy loads with FCE HD editing/exporting, Livetype, Elgato, Torrent DL's. My HP Laptops don't hold a candle to my MBP with respect to build quality. It's like the difference between a Honda (HP) and a BMW (MBP). The Mac isn't without faults. I've read and agree that torrents are slow. Can't figure this one out. It rebooted one time while I was changing wireless settings. No OS should ever allow that to happen. And I've had a few usability issues that I'll attribute to being an OSX novice. Otherwise, I give the two Machines a Solid "A" J Forgot one other tip I figured out: I installed OSX on my external drive. After installing it to my external drive, I used Disk Utility to make an image of the external drive. I stored that image in my desktop on the external drive. If my internal drive ever fails, I can boot to the external drive into OSX--which means I can continue to work if needed--and from there, I can use the Basic install .dmg to re-image the internal drive. BTW: I've read all the posts about Superduper and CCC, but Disk utility worked just fine. Not sure why people resort to external apps for this. It can also be done with dd from the command line, but the Disk Utility GUI works great, so I didn't bother with that. I tested it, it works flawlessly. Similar techniques can be performed on Windows except: 1) You have to buy third party software like Acronis to image the drive 2) I don't believe you can boot vista from an external USB drive (but I wouldn't swear to that). Just have to ensure you have a boot cd from Acronis.