Hi everyone, this will be my second post in this forum, and my first in regards to Apple..... A little background, I have been in IT and industrial equpment automation for 15 years, I am an avid fan of anything that I can connect to a computer, I am into digital photography, music, telescopes, guitars, and guns. I have 5 kids with one due any day now. My oldest is 20, the newest was an oops....but we'll love her just as much as the others! I got a wild hair this year and decided to jump head first into the world of Apple. I try to remain objective and avoid the whole MAC/Windows war, I don't buy into it, I think that anything that has been around this long has got to have something going for it. I want to understand.... So....I bit the bullet, Hard. I picked up a G4 powerbook (15.2") and was so impressed with the quality, fit, an finish, that before my copy of office 2004 pro had even arrived, I bought a dual 1.8 G5 Powermac. Did I fail to mention that I am a tad bit impulsive? Oh, yeah, I also ot a U2 special edition Ipod, I don't even really like U2, but the Ipod is awesome. So, here I sit. 20 years in computers... windows, hardware, and automation systems god, and I feel like a total moron. Okay, not a total moron, I CAN figure things our given enough time, but I am used to making my computer do things that push it to it's limit, thus the stack of them that I run 24/7, but the most demanding thing my G5 has done yet is play its awesome screensaver and a little music! I looked for a tutorial that would walk me around OS 10.3, kind of show me the ropes, basic navigation, things like that, but I couldn't find anything. It took me one full day to figure out how to eject the damn dvd drive! When I was in 7th grade I figured out the Rubiks Cube in three weeks....I know I can do THIS. I have to admit that I am absolutely stunned by Apple quality. Both the powerbook, and the powermac are works of art by themselves. There are so many little features that I love, I cannot begin to count them. I have only turned on my windows system a few times in the past week out of necessity, I am bound and determined to get used to this computer. I do tons of digital photography, DVD authoring, video creation, plus I am in the second year of a bachelors program, and I need to come up to speed as quickly as possible!!! My copy of Adobe CS is on order for the MAC, how much of my other software will run on a mac? There are so many questions, I don't even know what to ask yet. How did others come up the curve? Are there any resources that they found particularly helpful? How the hell do I eject the DVD drive without opening Itunes first? Are there any good system utilities to keep a mac clean, do you even need to keep a mac clean? How does mac work? Does it use a registry? Should I try to paper train it, or simply rub its nose in it when it makes a mess? Will Unreal Tournament 2004 run on a mac? What about alternative fire mode?? Well...That ought to be enough to classify me as an idiot for quite a while to come!!! Thanks!! Paul.