It’s a life changing experience ... the decision to let go of Windows in favor of OS X As a child, I was fascinated by computers and technology. I knew working with computers is what I wanted to do for a living when I grew up. My parents purchased our first PC back in the late 80's and I have been a PC user ever since. Back in the good old days, as a teenager, I wanted to get my hands dirty repairing, building and overclocking computers. I really enjoyed the thrill of it. (I lost count as to how many PCs I actually built over the years. I must have built hundreds) Unfortunately, I always felt that Macs are very limited to what you can do with them when it comes to hardware upgrades, overclocking and all that good stuff. I went on to college, got myself a Computer Science degree and a career in IT. In addition to holding many technical certifications (MCSE, MCSA, RHCE, CCNA, NETWORK+) just to name a few, I'm also a programmer/web designer and a freelance photographer/videographer. In my early career days as an IT professional, I worked with Macs, Linux/Unix boxes, Windows Servers as well as PCs. My interaction with Macs were never more than the initial setup configurations, part replacements, network setups and to troubleshoot problems for Mac end-users even though I was never a Mac user. But it wasn't until last year, when I purchased my first iPad that I realized I was missing out on so much. I went out and got myself a Retina Macbook Pro with Mavericks installed. For the first time ever in my life, I was truly WOWed by an Apple product. Ever since that day, my opinion has completely changed on the OS X operating system and Apple in general. When family members and friends reach out to me for advice and recommendations on their next computer purchase, I simply recommend Apple. I almost always get the "Wait a second, aren't you a Microsoft Certified System Engineer? How could you possibly recommend Apple instead!!!" Followed by a puzzled look on their faces. I simply tell them, it's apple and oranges. If you want a worry free experience, less headaches, less down time and want to enjoy technology in it prettiest and finest form, then Apple is the way to go. Since the beginning of this year, I've recommended Apple products to several friends and family members. They purchased and loved their Macs. I also wanted to buy an iMac to replace my windows workstation but I decided to wait and see what Apple's October event was going to bring to the market. For months, I was following every bit of news or information about what the next iMac is going to be. With all the speculation and anticipation across the online world, I waited patiently for the the big announcement on October 16th, 2014. I watched the keynotes live and I was thrilled to hear about the 5K iMac and started to read every review and watched almost every video about it. Then I started to read about performance issues that were mentioned here and elsewhere. At first, I was worried and thought of waiting for the next release but then I quickly realized that heat issues have been discussed across the industry for years. I decided to visit the nearest Apple store to see the iMac 5K in person. I took my wife and kids to the Apple store at the local Mall. My kids were amazed, my wife was speechless and I was, once again, WOWed. After about a week or so of decision-making and going back and forth between ordering the iMac or wait. I finally decided to pull the trigger and ordered the iMac 5K with Apple Care and couldn't be happier. I figured Apple care should bring us some peace of mind in-case something goes wrong over the first three years. I don't really plan to keep it for more than five years. I'll most likely end-up upgrading in three to four years. If something was to go wrong after Apple care expires, then my PC repairing experience will kick in to take care of any issues or part replacements. At this point of my life, on a personal level of course, I'm done with Windows as a main workstation operating system. Apple, by all means, is in a class by itself. I'm taken off my suit in exchange for jeans and sneakers I'm now proud to announce that I'm officially an Apple guy. I look forward to truly enjoy living on the cutting edge of technology with Apple products. Remember, this is coming from an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) Thanks for reading!