I am a long time winblowz user and I finally decided it was time to purchase a mac after I can't count how many years of hating it and dissing it. I used to do maintenance on apples at school, crashing them constantly. I even got physically hurt by one once, sliced my pinky open, lets just say I was cursed when it came to apples... So, i finally see they have an affordable mac for sale, (core solo) $599+ student discount mac mini, i figure why not, if I like it I could always get the macbook which is faster, being that I need a new laptop for school... So I order it, spend my money... The keyboard arrives in a week and the Mini arrives a few days later. Talk about a tease!!! getting very anxious so I may play with my new toy! So I set it up while at work, installing some software I know i'll want, like aim, msn and firefox. And so doing the important updates that apple recommends. (dont blame the msn) after 3 hours of having it on... While some stuff was installing, I checked out the widgets and then... FREEZE... reboot it... nothing... OSX loads, gets to the finder and FREEZES. No matter how I boot, in the safe mode thing, bypassing startup items etc, NOTHING. Completely kapoot... So, my friend who is a mac user and savvy too helps me do a re-image on the tiny beast. yay everything is back up and running... So i bring it home about 2 hours later, turn it on, install the updates again, uh oh there was an error in the updates and it has to reboot?... ok, i clicked restart... then the fun begins!... it just sits on the screen with the "spinning wheel".... joy. call up apple support in the morning, walk me through yet another re-image... finally get the computer up and running and start the updates, by this time they let me go since they didn't want to wait for the updates. I did the updates without running or doing anything in the process, haven't talked to them since and its been about 2.5 weeks now and everything is running great... weird. I'm still weary of this thing though, i'm constantly backing up my imported images and documents, just waiting for a crash, but hasnt happened yet. Anyone else experience something like this, on a brand new apple? I'm cursed, but I think it has been lifted. Was kinda funny though, after the first crash i went to go on the internet to look for help on our mac at work and I crashed safari!! My coworker just shook his head and told me to back away.