I've learned a lot from this site. I'm 42 and my only computer experience has been a Dell that I have at work. And 90% of that is writing on Word documents. This site - including this message board - has expanded my computer knowledge considerably. Now, I've had no interest in computers to begin with, so maybe that's not saying much, but still... And honestly, I don't understand most of what people are talking about, but someday soon I will. So, sometime around the beginning of 2007 I began to take an interst in the use of computers in art. I used to do some graphic art, but have been in my current job (social work) for the last 13 years. I've never done anything art related on a computer so it was completely foriegn to me. I asked a few people I knew some questions and one person in particular who explained things in a very clear manner to me. With his help I began to actually understand some things about computers - Macs in particular. He also recommended I check out this site, including the info on when to buy. On this forum I learned a lot from people's posts. I didn't, and still don't, understand most of it, but what I could understand helped a lot. There are a few posters that especially had good insights and comments (that someone on my level could understand), but so many others were about cynicism (I don't know people could get bitter and cynical when it came to computers!) and waiting for updates. I was debating an iMac or Mac Pro, but after the iMac update I decided to go with the Pro. Okay, so now I need to wait for the update on the Mac Pro? Some of people's theories on when an update would come were worse than armchair sports talk. Instead, a month ago I bought a Mac Pro and a 23" display. Ha ha! My very first computer ever! Maybe an update will come tomorrow, but in the meantime, I've taken on a few art projects that will pay for half of the cost within the next month. More in the upcoming months will surely have me taking in more money than it cost. Plus, I've gotten a business license that help me with tax write offs. And even if there was no money involved, I'm havin' a blast! My point (and this goes out to the younger people on here that whine about not having the money because they're in college or whatever) is that if you really want a Mac - find a way to get it. Don't wait for an unknown update because if you really want get somewhere with your Mac (that's assuming you don't want to just play games on it) you'll be able to afford it in the future anyways!