Hello everyone Let me introduce myself. I'm 24 years old and from the Metro-Detroit area. I work in health-care, but I've recently decided to go back to school and wanted a nice portable computer (and will most likely end up getting that LiveScribe pen to use with it in class -- anyone use this?). After a month or so of researching, I finally decided to make the switch from "PC" to a Mac, as I haven't used a Mac since the early 90's in grade school. I used my student discount to get the base 13" MBP, iPod touch (upgraded to 32GB -- which will replace my 16GB 1st gen touch), and the canon MP560 printer along with MobileMe and iWork. After rebates I'll end up paying close to $1500, which is about twice as much as I've ever spent on a computer before. After about 3 or 4 days of using this thing, I'm not sold that I made the best decision. It's a great machine, runs very nicely, everything about it is 'pretty', but honestly I feel dumb using it. I knew all the shortcuts and could do anything I wanted on Windows PC's, but on this Mac it's basically learning to use a computer all over again. Also, although the MBP was able to find my Netgear wireless network, the load time absolutely crawls. When hooked directly up to the Comcast box, the internet seems to run fine, but even plugged into the Netgear router, it wasn't much better than trying to connect wirelessly. I'm not sure why this is, because my old iPod touch runs on the wireless network flawlessly, and my xbox 360 runs just fine plugged into the router as well, but not my MBP. Also finding a free program to convert my .flac music files has been a challenge. It's just been a little bit of a hassle making the switch, but I expected it to be somewhat difficult. I just purchased book called "Switching to the Mac", so I'm hoping that helps my transition. I'm sure I'll fall in love with these machines after I get used to it and learn all the tricks and cool apps, just as all of you have. Thanks for listening! This forum has already been a huge help, and I appreciate all feedback!