Howdy all, I have 3 dead X86 Pcs littering my study and am typing this on a Sony Vaio laptop that is on the way out. My needs are C++ compiler and a simple IDE such as Bloodshed etc Compatibilty with a Speedtouch USB DSL modem. Microsoft Office (very important, at least Excel and ideally Access). Does Oracle 8i run on the Mac? Any decent flightsims? (I am studying for my PPL and can justify it ) My ipod is the first piece of apple hardware I have used since the 80s. I really like the look of the 20in iMac but hope it doesn't scratch as easily as my beloved iPod, if you look at the damned thing too hard it gets a new scratch. However the design does offer a high WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor).