I am looking for advice on which machine to buy, as I am considering doing a 'half-switch' to the Mac platform. My situation is that in my work we only use Windows machines as all the software we develope and support (my job) is Microsoft based. And so my employer has 'given' me a power-full Dell XPS m1710 laptop for my at home workstation (actually it is a perk, but we need to call it a home workstation for tax purposes). Having previously owned three Macs within a six-eight months period last year (G4 Quicksilver 800Mhz, iBook 1,42ghz and Mac Mini 1,42Ghz), not at the same time mind you, I have some experience with the platform. Unfortunately my relationship with these three machines came at a time in my life when the family's situation wasn't optimal and we needed all the time and money that we could muster - even the smallest amount of money was needed, so the machine kept leaving the house as quickly as I could bring them home. But a seed had been planted. Having tried Mac, felt Mac and breathed Mac for only that very short period of time, I find myself again and again wanting to own another and this time make the 'relationship' work. And luckily the 'family situation' has been solved, so now I feel it is the time for my Mac-affair to resurface. After this very long introduction, let me get to the point of this post. I need advice on the best Mac for me. And I think you guys on the Macrumors forum are perfectly suited to assist me. Let me try and explain what I need and what I don't need, and let's take it from there. Need: to manage my music collection and the family's two-three iPods (iTunes, basically) websurfing and online text-editing (Google docs, google calendar) picture handling (the family photos need to be organized and printed if necessary) document scanning (not a lot, but the need arises from time to time) remote access to Windows PCs the machine to be able to run Leopard some time in the future the machine to be usable for app. 1-1½ years in the future. capable of running a various range of emulators (old 8-bit computers and MAME) I am not completely inept with all things computers, so I don't mind if it is possible to change hard drive, rams or other such things in the machine. It is not an ultimate demand, but nice to have. Don't need: new intel machine. Don't need a super-powerful intel core 2 duo Mac. In fact I like the idea of a PowerPc-based Mac in the house. It seems more 'mac' to me. Sorry if this sounds silly, it's just how I feel. Given the finances available I am looking a buying second-hand. I have the very powerful XPS PC for processor-heavy jobs such as video-editing. Well that is it, really. Basically I am looking for a good machine to learn my way 'round the Mac side of things.