Hi guys. I just completely gave up on MS. I've been using XP hapily since 01 and frankly it has been fine. But it seems that with every new "security" release it gets slower. The insertion of Windows Genuine Assurance (essentially spyware) into a necessary service pack was really the last straw for me. And Vista, well lets just say that when it takes 6 clicks to move a shortcut from the desktop to the start menu, there's a problem. So my choices were a 7 yr old operating system or a new, but terrible OS. I've played around with Linux and it would be great if I didnt have a new baby and a 160 yr old house in the final stages of a complete renovation. (new roof, windows, plumbing, waste lines, electrical, hvac) In short, I need something that just works. I got my mom a macbook last year because it just works. I get 1/5 of the support calls from her now since I switched her from Win2K. (which itself was a huge step up from win 98. In Win2k she was set up as a non-priveliged user, so she couldnt screw anything up) So here are my questions. I'd greatly appreciate if you guys could copy th equestions into your response and put your answer below. Thanks, Don p.s. I went off the deep end. 17" macbook pro with higher res display. 1) I want "explorer" to show in the icons in list form for all "folders" and stay that way even after I close it. I dont want it to go back to those large icons. 2) I dont understand the folder heirarchy? dont get how folders work. Can I see the root of C:. what I see doesnt seem to truly be the root? 3) can I see unix // system folders (/stand, /dev?) 4) Does an admin have root privelidges 5) What dvd decrypter do you use to rip DVD's. 6) Parallels or Synergy (dont bother with this one, I'm sure its covered in the archives) 7) I dont want to use quicktime. Can I save in another video format? 8) I want a PC Card, SD car reader. Is the card slot a PC Card slot in my new Macbood Pro 9) Whats the best way to open MS specific docs? I realize that open office is free and good. But I have a friend who works for MS. i can get a copy of Office 08 for free. My concern is that it will be a HUGE pig. I may not want it even if its free. 9) If I remove a rarely used app from the dock, where would I go to launch it? 10) I dont want to use iphoto to organize my pics. I've got a very detailed file structure that works for me. The "events" idea of managing pics doesnt do it for me. Can I just set up a file structure and work like I always have? Its worked for me for the last 8 yrs, I dont want to dchange 11) I want to use ivideo but I Do NOT want to work with .mov files because they cant be viewed full screen by PC people I send them to unless they BUY QT. Is this possible? thanks for your help.