Let me preface that statement by saying this is not meant to say I don't like my new MacBook, it's just I've always been a Windows/Linux guy and kind of turned my nose at Macs. I've been researching a laptop for quite some time now, one that I could use for classwork (I'm a grad student) as well as ocassionally for web design. I have a "main" computer (PC) that I use for more "hardcore" web and flash design and gaming, and I wasn't looking for a replacement. When Apple first started releasing Intel-powered laptops my ears perked up, the introduction of Bootcamp got my attention even more. The current MacBook has great hardware options for the price and I figured if I couldn't stand the OS, I could always fall back on Windows or Linux. You see, that's probably my biggest hangup with Macs, the OS. I'm not sure how to say it nicely, but I'm used to an OS that takes a little more nudging to get it to do what you want. I don't think that's a bad thing. I'm just really not a "drag and drop" kind of guy. So, the ability to load my beloved OS was a must for me buying an Apple. Well, here it has been two weeks and I must say I love my MacBook, OS X and all! Yes, it is a very simple, easy to use OS, probably great for beginners, but for what I use my MacBook for it's perfect too. I had to learn the keyboard shortcuts, which I really didn't use all that often on my PC, but for a laptop without an external mouse installed (most of the time), it works much better because things are easier to access that way. I also do enjoy eye candy, and OS X is pretty sexy. Now, for the one bad part of buying my MacBook...the Apple store. As I said, I did my homework when it came to a laptop and I studied computer engineering as an undergrad. I don't want to sound pompus, but I "know my stuff." So, I walked into the Apple store, and when approached, I told the salesman very bluntly that I wanted a "MacBook 2.0 Ghz with 512MB of RAM and a 60 Gig hard drive." I also stated that I was a student and would like the discount. He told me that he would have someone get on that while I took a look at cases. Shortly after picking a case an "Apple dude" with trendy spiked hair and accessories approached me telling me that he had "heard a student wanted a MacBook." I told him that I did, what my background was and what I'd be using it for. I again stated the exact system I wanted. And then the diatribe began. He went on a non-stop, nearly 20 minute presentation on how to check my email, create a website, share my pictures online and all the "cool" things I could do with my Mac. I literally couldn't get a word in to stop him. I stood there while he went on a rehearsed sales presentation meant for a computer novice that wasn't quite sold yet on a MacBook! After he had finished (an my patience was worn thin), I turned down his offers to buy a .Mac account and extended service plans. I thought the "fun" was over. After waiting in line for a person behind an actual register (those guys with the portable credit card readers can't wait on computer buyers, I'm not sure why they were out in a 5:1 ratio to those behind the counter), the cashier rang up my MacBook. Much to my suprise the cost was much more than I had expected. The "Apple dude" had gotten the 1 GB of RAM model with the 80GB hard drive instead of the one I asked for. I had planned on upgrading the RAM on my own and had thoughts of using an external drive or web-based drive instead of shelling over the extra cash for Apple's larger drive. I was so frustrated I just bought the darn thing and got the heck out of there. I've been long-winded and I apologize for that. I just wanted to get on here to say that I really like my MacBook but I really hate the Apple store. I've always had a "thing" against the snobby stereotypical Apple type (no offense to you "normal" Mac owners), and I found out that they work at the Apple store. However, much to the joy of my graphic designer wife, who uses Macs exclusively, I have found that I not only like the hardware, but the software it pretty nice too. Thanks for reading!