I have recently been thinking about when I was younger, in school, using Macs. Whether it was AppleWorks (or ClarisWorks), playing Zoombini's, Mavis Beacon or Kid Pix or printing something using one of the Apple Laser Printers, it always seemed more fun and exciting than using my PC at home. Fast forward until 2003 (when I was 15) when I got my first Mac. It was a Snow iMac G3 600 Mhz. It ran Mac OS X 10.2 as standard but also had a full copy of Mac OS 9.2.2 installed as well. I absolutely loved that machine, the keyboard, the mouse and everything about it. It came with some games like Bugdom, but it was Aliens instead and you had to rescue people. It also came with Nanosaur II too I believe. Oh, and of course AppleWorks. AppleWorks is my favourite piece of software ever. Fast, efficient, feature full and it simply just works. I don't know if it was because I was younger at the time and as you become an adult it seems to take the magic out of everything (I'm 21 now, ugh!), but using a Mac today does not give me the same sense of... well I don't really know how to describe it. I think some of it is to do with the character of the Mac. The original iMac and even the iMac G4 had loads of character (IMO). All of the new computers seem more clinical and refined to a point where they've lost their cuteness. Sure - I own a MacBook Pro, but I keep thinking to myself that if Apple brought back the iMac G4, dropped the G4, stuck in a Core 2 Duo and the same specification of the current iMac, and enhanced the quality of the display - it would be a massive seller. No?! I have the same thoughts on the early internet. In the nineties, it seemed so much fun, but now it's almost boring. This isn't a Mac bashing thread, I'm an avid Mac fan, I'm just saying in a nutshell that the Mac, to me, has lost some of its sparkle and excitability (I doubt that's a word). What are you opinions? Anything similar?