So, here's my dilemma. A good friend of mine has asked me for advice on the next notebook they should buy. They told me it's in my hands completely. My first instinct was to recommend the new MacBook, but then I started thinking about how easy this would be for them. Before you assume things, however, it's important to know: -They are NOT tech-savvy. -Their #1 purpose for purchasing this laptop is for viewing surveillance cameras at their business while on-the-go. It's a brand new system (I installed) and the security DVR (Speco) uses ActiveX controls. Ugh. There is no way around it except to use Internet Explorer. I am aware that there are ways to get Internet Explorer onto OS X, but keep in mind: -Another main reason they want to use this computer is to use WinEDT, a program with an archaic serial interface. It is used to edit a digital LED sign outside of their business. You know, the red, scrolling type. It is absolutely proprietary Windows software, as is their Invoice & Estimates software for their business. Additionally, their MICROS cash register interface uses PC software, too. This computer is going to HAVE TO use Windows in one way or another. (Boot Camp, Fusion) -Also, their past computers have been PCs, and it took them ages to figure out how to use them. My conclusion is that I'm not going to even introduce them to the Leopard operating system at all, as much as they would benefit from it. Here's my real dilemma: 1) Recommend a MacBook, install Vista/XP on it with Boot Camp, and just let it boot into that all the time? I feel like this is the right thing because it is such a nice piece of hardware, and they would surely get the new LED display to go along when it comes out. (Simplicity!) OR 2) Just recommend a Sony VAIO or something comparable and let it be? Hope this makes sense. Thanks in advance.