My first PC was an Apple 2 --my first computer was a sinclair--, throughout my career, at work I started with windows machines and I have also worked with many flavors of *nix. I have to say that my experience with Windows has never been has bad as it was for some others, after 3.1, I worked on NT, 2000, XP, Vista and now 7. I have never used 98 or Me so I avoided the worse M$ has to offer. Still, being an avid photography hobbyist, Mac OS has always been a better environment for me at home, plus having my wife on the Mac gave me the peace of mind that I would not have to deal with her catching a virus while I am travelling for work. Until recently at least. I am not a fan boy per se, but I like the products Apple puts out, because for the most part they are quality products and they do amazing things. Recently however I started having issues with my MBP mid 2010 i7 where it would just freeze and the only thing that could bring it back was a hard reset. After some research on the internet, I found out that my model had a logic board issue and that Apple had extended the warranty so that all I had to do was bring it in and they would replace it for me free of charge. I did, and after getting it back the issue remains. I did more research on the internet and I found that there are tons of people who have had the same experience as me, and that they have to live with it because there is really no way for it to go away. Strangely I found that there are 2011 models that have the same issue. The general consensus is that the OS does a poor job at switching between the integrated and the discrete card, I have turned that off, as have a lot of people but the freezing issue still won't go away. My problem with this whole thing is that even though this is a well known issue at Apple, there has not been a statement about it so people like me know if there is any chance at all our machines will ever work the way they should. As mentioned before I am into photography so the issues with my current machine have given me an excuse to look at the newest MacBooks. That is until I realized that Apple has basically decided that the consumer has to pay their premium price for everything contained in the units, and that one can no longer get a basic setup and upgrade components with after market brands. Soldered memory chips and non removable hard drives make it so that guys like me who need 16 gigs of ram and a 700 gig hard drive would have to drop $3800 for a first gen MBP with retina display, while I will forever be worried that the freezing issue might be in that one too, since Apple has not said whether they have fixed it for sure. Aside from photography stuff I am also a developer so I do quite a bit of Java, Python stuff on my machine. This is probably not going to make me stop buying Apple products, because in the PC market at least, there is no alternative as far as I am concerned. And as much as I like Ubuntu, I am not going to start managing my thousands of pictures with Gimp all of the sudden.