I started computing with a Texas Instruments Ti994A ($500+/-) back in 1980 and began to use Basic to program "basic" stuff at the age of 11 years.... My parents were very impressed with my aptitude for computers so they got me the latest and greatest Apple II, then a IIe which the later served me well until 1983 when Big Blue came out with the very programable and powerful IBM PC! The IBM PC was a powerful machine for it's time, and the price while a lot (some $4000 for a full system) was fair when you compared it with other computers back in 1982/3. I used this PC for 3 or so years and really got good with Microsoft Basic and Microsoft DOS... I was a Wintel Man, as far back as 1983. Gone was the Apple with all of its limitations and crappy OS. Well over time, I got a 386 20mhz, then 486DX 66mhz, then Pentium II 400, and finally a PIII 550mhz..... I ran DOS 3.1, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, and lastly Windows 98ME.... well, enough is enough! I found myself spending more and more time trouble shooting my machines and getting software and hardware working, and less and less time actually using it for games, productivity and all around fun! I really had it with windows 98 becasue by that time, the intelect crunch had hit the high tech world and when you called in for tech support, instead of getting some guy who knew more about the OS than you did, telling you how to get things running, you started to get people sitting in Ireland reading from manuals written for novice users, and their answer to every ill was "software restore".... which basically wiped out my entire system.... well, about 3 software restores later, I came accross a press release that Apple was gonna use Unix for their next OS... Having taken quite a few classes in Computer Science, I knew that this was gonna be a good thing... so I looked into Apple (for the first time in 18 years). I also learned that they were gonna launch a couple of "duel" processor machines very soon and that was it... I was gonna try this... I mean, how can you go wrong... Unix and two RISC processors??? Sun was charging $15000 plus for such a system. I ordered my Dual 500, and pre-ordered OS X beta, and I've never looked back! Once you go Mac.... you'll never look back! Glad to be here.