Well, after pleading and jumping through hoops you wouldn't believe I finally convinced my office at a local university to buy me a 17inch iMac as my desktop machine. i can believe what I had to go through to get it. I had to provide a cost comparison showing a similarly equiped wintel cost a close amount. I had to draft a memo stating I understood IT wouldn't support it and I would be responsible for my own IT support. I had to provide *proof* that Apple wasn't going out of business soon and that Microsoft Office really existed for the Mac (and was interchangeable with the PC version). i endured numerous hecklings. When it showed up, what happened? "oooooo", "ahhhhh", "that's a mac?" I think i may have made a few converts.... I can't believe the crap I had to go through to get it only to have people admire the same machine. Any similar stories out there?