It has began. I have placed my order for my first Mac which will be a refurb mini 2.0 C2D. I am super excited to get it and play away. Seems like forever I've been reading these forums and others now the day has come. And this is just the begining of the switch. Hopefully a new iMac in the new year too and one of the Macbooks to follow (still trying to convince the wife on that one). Anyway this is how I plan to use the mini primarily: HTPC running leapord (Why put it in the office I want everyone to get a taste of the superbadness) Elgato HD HomeRun for ATSC/QAM tuning EyeTV software LaCie external hd (taking suggestions on stackable external hd's) Need to start to compile a list of apps that will be useful. This is what I have so far: Adium VLC Handbrake Toast 8 Quick Silver (perhaps) Superduper/Carbon Copy Cloner (as option to Time Machine) Can anyone suggest any other good 3rd party apps? Thanks for all your posts as the have helped me along the way.