I got my first Mac 3 years ago and I was very happy with Snow leopard and despite Apple telling me that Lion and then Mountain Lion are essential upgrades I feel that the user experience has got worse with each release not better. And I have to pay to upgrade as well! Lion introduced poorer battery life and everything just felt a bit slower and introduced a slew of bugs as well. And for what? I could not care less about the minor improvements it offered. I want an OS to be secure, stable and unobtrusive - Thats all. And now Mountain Lion, who really cares about notifications, messages (which I still cannot get to work) and all the other 'improvements' that are just fluff in my opinion. I pay money because I am promised more functionality, more security, more stability and more speed but what do I get again? more bugs, horrendous battery life and now I just discovered my VMware fusion 3 does not work and I am going to be forced to pay money to upgrade that before I can use my virtual machines! I feel a little bit conned. Anybody else feel the same? Sorry for the rant.