hi. this is a great forum. i am looking for some advice about possibly purchasing a mac. my question is at the bottom. *i do most of my work on an eee pc (atom n280, 2gb ram, windows 7 starter) and i am quite pleased with the weight (2.7 lb), battery life (nearly 8 hours on dim screen--11 hours when first bought 1.5 yrs ago), and price ($400) in that order. however, i am very unsatisfied with its processing power. how do you think i would fare with a mac? what do i do? 1) word processing (writing--i am a historian/researcher) 2) pdfs (creating, ocr, optimization, and searching (mainly this)) 3) internet 4) spreadsheets i've got windows stripped down--empty hard drive, defragged, visual effects off, and hardly any programs running. but, when i try to do two or three of those tasks at once, the computer lags. sometimes it is so bad i have to wait for words to appear after typing. in particular, pdf work (adobe pdf pro 9.0) is really slow. i know. that is the price you pay for a cheap netbook special issues 1) i need to be able to use both european (portuguese, spanish, etc.) and asian fonts (japanese, chinese, and korean). 2) i need to be able to make macrons (straight lines) over vowels, and circumflexes (triangle like hats) are no good. is there a universal shortcut that i can use? in windows, only word lets me do this. 3) do i have to purchase adobe pro again to run on the mac? 4) do i need to purchase microsoft office again, or is the mac stuff good enough to handle footnotes, endnotes, multiple languages (full character asian and half character western) without messing up the formatting? MY QUESTION: given all of this, should i just get a bigger sandy bridge pc notebook, or a mac (i think i know what you will say)? if a mac, which one (air is gorgeous but seems weak and in desparate need of updating, 13 has dual core so maybe too weak, and 15 is kind of large + more expensive)? thanks!