Hey guys!! I am ecstatic about my new iMac, which is coming in 2 days time. The config is: 24inch 3.06Ghz 8800GS 2Gb Ram 500GB HDD I've been a PC user for a while, Mac fanatic for years, and now I finally get the chance to own a beautiful computer! For the next 2 days I plan to prepare my iMac for its arrival, approximately at 11am. So here are a few questions regarding the new iMac: 1) What are the recommended/must have softwares/programs? 2) I'm planning to install XP (eww) using Bootcamp, just for gaming. How much should I allocate for the XP partition? Considering I'll have around 5-7 games such as Bioshock and GTA IV. 3) With regards to the System Preferences, is there anything I should know? For example, tweaking a few settings for optimum performance. 4) I've seen a few screenshots of macs in the photo gallery, having the album art displayed as a CD case. I believe the software used is called Coversutra - is that right? If so, are there any free alternatives? 5) Which wireless encryption should I use? AES or TKIP? Also, which type of security - WPA or WPA2? I currrently use a Belkin N Modem Router. 6) Should I rip my music with AAC 256kbps or 128kbps? I would like to make the most out of my iMac's speakers before I get the external ones. 7) This is a random one....should I plug my wired mighty mouse into the keyboard, or into the back of the iMac? Which way looks better? 8) I noticed from my cousin's MBP, that everytime you boot up a Mac there is always that "ddoooohhmmm" sound - is there a way to turn off the sound? I'm scared I might wake the whole house up when I want to use the iMac at 4am. 9) From question 8 - should I put my iMac to sleep when I'm not using it? Will the iMac make that "ddoooohhmmm" sound when I wake it up? 10) Is it safe to put the iMac to sleep instead of shutting it down? I know that I won't leave it alone (hahahaha). What about power saving? I've read that the 3.06Ghz CPU uses 55W, so does that mean the iMac will use "a bit more power" when I put it to sleep, compared to other 35W CPUs? (eg 2.8Ghz iMac). 11) This is a big question....how easy is it to adapt to Mac OSX? The most I've spent with a Mac is 4 hours, and it's a Tiger. If there are any tips, short cuts, cool things to do and features of Leopard - please show me! Thanks so much guys! I can't wait to film myself moaning, taking pictures and filming the unboxing of my first mac! PS. I bought the iMac now because the update would increase the iMac's price, due to the decreasing AUD value.