I am not sure if I can meet all of my go needs on the Mac, but I sure hope so, because I have no intention of running windows on the machine. I am planning to try to find Mac applications for all of my computing needs, not just go. Those who know me can vouch that I am pretty compulsive about things, so when I make the switch to Mac I am committed. You should have seen me when I sold Tupperware. I do little halfway.
So far I have decided to be satisfied with iWork rather than Microsoft Office for productivity. I might feel compelled to get a Mac version of the Adobe Creative Suite. I do have an academic version of CS... yes. the first version. Since I no longer have academic status I might be compelled to take a course at a local community college and go on an academic spending spree after I decide what I think I need to have. I am looking at the iLife applications to see if I can make do with them. I have used Photoshop for so long though, that I think I would have a hard time making due with anything less than Photoshop Elements at least. We'll see.
I renewed my subscription to lynda.com so I can watch tutorials on the Mac OS X operating system as well as tutorials for the iLife and iWork applications. I'll watch everything I can and then cancel the subscription until I think I need to go on another learning frenzy.
What is kind of funny is that the very day my iMac arrived at my door I read and article in the Apple RSS feed set up in my mail program on the iMac. The article was titled "Meet the new iMac" I just have to figure that it's only a couple hundred dollars of money I'm out by buying at the wrong time. If I had waited just a week I would have gotten more Mac for my money... more memory... more speed... more of just about everything, but you have to buy some time. Your technology is always going to be old soon, just not usually the same day you get it.
One of the things I invested in is a .Mac account, which comes with an email account and also with disk space and the ability to publish web pages and to sync multiple Macs over the web. Given that I already have multiple Macs and stand to accumulate more, this sounds like a good thing to me. One of the things I will do with my .Mac account is to eventually make my lesson sgf files available for download so I can share them with others. I'll let you all know when they are available.