Hi this is sort of an introduction as a newbie as well as a request for help, I've been reading Mac Rumors for a long time, long before I had a Mac. I'm a big PC user, but last month I bought an iBook 700. (Yay!) Why did I buy an iBook? For one reason and one reason only. I didn't like the idea of being forced to purchase Windows XP, because it comes on just about every decent notebook out there now and there is no way to avoid purchasing it. Evil, evil to the point that I felt the need to avoid giving any PC vendor a single dollar of mine. The frustration of shopping for a PC notebook and not being able to find what I wanted made me switch, just like that. So, my problem.. I love my iBook so far. Best computer purchase I've ever made. I'm slowly getting used to it and realizing how much better OS X is than every other OS out there. On my network I have a few Windows 2000 Pro machines and a file server which runs Win 2K Server with NTFS. When I mount a drive share in the Finder it works just great. I did notice however, that copying files over the network with Finder is pretty bad. The performance is a pathetic 800k/sec or so. If I FTP into the same win2k ntfs file server using the command line ftp client the exact same file transfers over at a whopping 8Mb/sec. WTF? At first I thought my cabling was crappy till I tried the FTP. Does OS X just suck in that regard? Is there any way to speed it up a bit? Hopefully someone has much more experience in this area than I do. I realize I'm a bit of a n00b, but any help here would be great. Thanks!