After a few calls to Tech Support in a brief period when I started experiencing crashes, the MOTU people suggested I have the machine tested by Apple. "Sounds like a hardware problem," they said. And they were right. Somehow, one of the memory modules on my beloved iMac G5 became fried. The iMac was under warranty, but while Apple was fixing it, I still needed a computer for the project I'm working on, so I picked up a more powerful dual processor G5 tower. What was I waiting for (ok, I REALLY like the configuration of the iMac, it's so damn pretty)! But the bigger Macs are awesome. The big G5 machines are wicked powerful. Then came the reinstallation and the reauthorizations of software...endless, endless...ya know, this whole copy protection thing is the BIGGEST pain in the derriere... I literally spent one entire night...I mean, ENTIRE...like til 4AM...dealing with the reinstallation of all my software, getting updates, and visiting websites for authorization codes (not the MOTU stuff, or iLok stuff, all the OTHER stuff I use). Well I have lots of software, but this was much worse than necessary. And what made it worse? The damned authorization processes. In one case, because I'd wiped my disk to reinstall system software on my other machine, I had to email them for a new code, because I'd gotten an installation code only a few days before, and they were concerned that I might be a "pirate." AS IF!! Yes, everything works extremely well. I can do more with the machine. BUT WHAT A HUMAN COST! I was totally out of commission the next day, and this came right in the middle of my work on a project with a deadline. The good thing about dongles like the iLok is that once you're authorized, that's it. You install the software and the updates, and you don't need to visit some website for permission to actually use what you've bought and paid for. I always hated those dongle things, but now I think they make life a little easier. I should point out that I always appreciated my own personal dongle. PS - My son gets the iMac for his recording rig. He's happy, it's only a few months old, and faster than his iBook.