iMac and Leopard

Once upon a time, earlier this year, my PC broke. At the time I commented that I'd like an Apple iMac. After months without a usable PC of my own, I decided I could justify a purchase.

The problem with buying a Mac in the first 10 months of this year is that it would come with Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) installed, and 10.5 (Leopard) had been in the pipeline for some time (and been delayed due to work on the iPhone). Due to me being the type of person who always wants to have the latest version, I decided I'd wait until Leopard was released before ordering. In the end it took until October 26th for the release, at 6pm, so as soon as that time came I placed an order at the Apple Online Store. I'd had a think about optional upgrades, but in the end impatience got the better of me, and I ordered the entry-level iMac, as dispatch was in 24 hours, rather than 3 days if options were added. While I was at it I decided to order an 8GB iPod Nano at the same time, to replace my aging, noisy 30GB iPod. The order was placed, and it was time to sit and wait. I'd booked the subsequent two days off work, (for other reasons, not to wait for a delivery), and during the only time I went out for an hour, the delivery was attempted. Once I'd got the iMac and iPod it was time to play…