Ok, in the imminent future I am planning on replacing my windows laptop with a Macbook Pro (just trying to hold out for WWDC but struggling!) I will most likely install boot camp or parallels for things like web page checking in IE, but I was wondering what else I can and cant do on the mac that I do at the moment. I realise some of these are obvious (like SSH etc) but it is a way of me kind of thinking out loud. My preference is for shareware/free software . Currently I use the following/do the following on my laptop: SSH (& SSH Tunnels) with Putty. DVD Ripping with DVDecrypter & Auto Guardian Knot (slowly converting all my DVD's so I can store them on my Terastation and access through XBMC). Office with OpenOffice (I also have MS Office somewhere). Video Editing (Using ULead Videostudio which sucks, cant wait for ILife). Digital image editing (Photoshop) Web browsing (Firefox) Email (Thunderbird) Watch movies (Both DVD and DivX/XVid) Print via HP PSC 2510 networked printer MS Money 2005 Google Earth Use Nero6 for DVD Burning Mysql ( & Mysql Query Browser) Apache PHP I also sync/connect to the following devices: Ipaq 4700 WM based PDA. Ipod,Ipod Nano and Sony NetWalkman (NW-E407) Garmin Forerunner 305 Sony Ericsson W810i Nokia 6230 As a fall back I have a couple of dual boot PC's that run Linux but also have windows on them for when I have to use it.