Hello friends, my name is Xephrey and I am now a Mac. This is definitely the most money I've ever spent on a computer, but I seriously consider the Macbook Pro Oct 2008 model VERY worth it. I've wanted to switch to Mac for about four years and until now, I just wasn't feelin' it. If I was going to do it, it'd probably be at the beginning of a new product cycle (despite the majority of tech experts advising against doing that). I'd always go to a friend of mine's place and mess around with his macbook pro, noticing all the subtle (and a few not so subtle) differences between apple laptops and the competition's windows laptops. Everything from the way it opened without having to secure the base of the unit - yet it still having enough friction to stay firmly in place, to all the revolutionary ways the software and hardware architectures work so well together to give the user a smooth, incredibly capable - zero bottleneck feel. Then bootcamp started to come standard, then the new unibody design with the nice nvidia boost. Eventually, with all these constant improvements I figured that it was time. If anyone has any advice for me - a new comer to OSX and the Mac universe, please speak up! I usually make it a hobby to, when I buy a nice new piece of hardware, make it as efficient and capable as I can; whether that be custom scripts or implementing home-made software, I'm down with anything. Please let me know which software packages are a must have and which are to be avoided. Anything that any of you think could help me out. I hope I can contribute something to ya'll as well (although I'll probably only be able to offer my opinions, which may not be considered much of a contribution) Thanks so much! I'm so happy that I'm finally a Mac user!!