I done did it. I've put my money where my mouth is and begun a new adventure into the land of Mac. I went and purchased me a MacBook Pro. I opened the box today in my bedroom and the first thing I said was, "It's beautiful". I have to admit it. The love is back. It has been 13 years since I last played with a Mac of my own, and I can say that it looks finally to be what it should have been. I have a lot of relearning to do, but it helps that this machine is gorgeous. By this time next year I will likely be some kind of diehard.
Right now I'm just doing the preliminaries. Getting a bunch of open source software. Synchronizing bookmarks via XMarks. Getting Dropbox. Some of the transition will be easy. Some will be difficult. Right now the toughest thing is finding a password tool that is as good at PasswordSafe.
I need to hook up with Mac people of substance and experience. Save me some time.