I am going to be in need of a few programs (for college), and was wondering how Matlab and Solidworks perform on a mac. They are not available for mac, but how much performance can I get while running it in VPC? Would it be better to get a PC system so that these programs run better? Or are there alternative programs that are compatible to these that are for mac? Or does anyone know if they will be ported to the mac any time soon? So if you have any experience with these programs, let me know. Also, anybody that is majoring in mech eng, if you have any tips on what programs are the best, let me know. Thanks, Tomasz P.S. I am planning on running the programs on either the Tibook 800 or the next revision of it.