Got Mom to Switch!!!
She's absolutely had it with her PC...everything about it. I've been gently suggesting for months now that "there IS an alternative...".
Well, she seems to be open to it. I'm going to take my iMac DV (my beloved tangerine jellybean I just got back from my friend in Indiana two days ago) to Mom's house, set it up, get it online (she's got cable modem) and show her the ropes about Macs, OS X, the iApps, etc.
At least learn on this for a little while and she'll probably have an eMac within a couple of months, based on how she was talking earlier today.
Just getting a Mac in that house is a victory! And I'm very happy for her.
I told her if she and my stepdad bought an eMac (or whatever), I would be more than happy to a) buy a 512MB DIMM to bump the RAM up, b) buy her a .Mac account and c) buy the new OS X version of this greeting card-making program she loves to use (and actually makes money off of...hell, she does more freelance work that I do!).
She's got a kick-ass Canon S45 digital camera and a really nice HP photo inkjet, both of which are OS X compatible (iPhoto and so forth), so she really won't miss a thing. My stepdad surfs, does the occasional e-mail and plays Solitaire or games like that, so I'm betting I can easily find some good OS X versions of that sort of stuff?
Use the iMac as "training wheels", then graduate to a 1GHz G4 eMac with Combo Drive, 32MB graphics, 17" screen, etc.
You don't understand...this is a HUGE deal. I never thought it would happen!
My sister and Dad are next... [insert evil laugh]