After switching to Mac a couple a years ago, I hadn't really thought about one of the big benefits of the Mac platform until last night. The OS reinstall. My girlfriends dell laptop windows was struggling - thirty minutes to open up MS Word, networking going in and out, everthings slow. So I took on the windows reinstall, and even though everything went relatively smooth, it took 5 hours to get it running. A lot of time was spent on getting all the latest windows/office updates and finding the dell drivers for the laptop. Also, I had an issue where installing a wireless pc card was conflicting with the already installed ethernet port. So anyways, i'd forgotten about the hell that is a windows reinstall. Its not that this is Microsofts fault neccessarily. Its just the inherent entropy incurred when the hardware and the OS are not coming from the same source. Now, as for whether it is Microsofts fault that frequent reinstalls are needed to begin with - thats another issue. Anyways, nothing ground breaking here. Just needed a little venting and thought I'd give another shout out to this mac platform benefit. -- J.