Hi all, I've been part of this site for a while now and just wanted to post some random thoughts. My main computer is a Rev. A 12" Powerbook, and I love it. Recently, my wife developed a need for a new laptop, and I bought her a Dell for two reasons. She wanted to go cheap, and she uses Microsoft Access heavily for work. The new Dell laptop came yesterday, and it has one feature that makes me happy about the big new Intel news - fantastic battery life. Of course there are many downsides of the Dell hardware alone - easily-scratched plastic case, thick, heavy (Inspiron 6000d), DVD tray feels like it's gonna snap every time it opens, etc. However, the major thing this new purchase reminds me of is how much I prefer OS X. Sure I have an Athlon XP desktop to remind me of that every day, but setting up a *new* Windows laptop really drove the point home. The number of times this thing squawked at me to update something in the first hour after I turned it on, unbelievable. The amount of crappy trialware Dell has preinstalled, yuck. The uninstallation process, blech. Now I get to install 3 different spyware apps and hope they don't delete anything important. I hear Microsoft's spyware removal utility targets pretty much all P2P. That's fine as I don't use P2P, but I have no confidence it/they will stop there. For all I know, it will disable Firefox too. I didn't even plan on installing Microsoft's beta spyware removal, but it automatically installed via system updates. Tonight I plan to run msconfig to take as much cr*p as I can out of startup without deleting something important. Why can't these starup items have a useful title that tells you what they really are? Why aren't startup items in the Control Panel?? I know I am stating the obvious, and there are countless examples I'm not going to mention. In the end, the thing I like best about this Dell is the processor. It gets *great* battery life and is pretty zippy with Photoshop. My next Apple laptop will probably have "Intel inside," and it suits me just fine. Everything I've come to appreciate about my Powerbook will remain intact in Macs to come. This Dell experience has reminded me that nothing most of us have come to appreciate about the Mac has anything specific to do with the PPC processor. Anyway, I'm quite aware I'm not stating anything new here. Just wanted to share my thoughts at this time when some people seem to be freaking out, and I'm not exactly sure why.