Hello, I am new to this forum and to web design and I am looking for a little direction. First, I have a technical background, but mostly in networking. I am currently going back to school for my bachelors degree in IST and have taken basic SQL and jave programming courses. This fall semester I am starting a web design course. I am really excited to take this class because for years I have thought about getting started in web design. I have had small business owners ask me in the past if I did web design, but had to turn them down. I figure now is the perfect opportunity to change focus. My first question is what is everyone else using for hardware and software. My course is based around Microsoft Web Expressions 4. I am not sure if this is good or bad. I know that most use Adobe for web design. My next question is what type of hardware should I use? I have a laptop and get MS Expression Studio ($599) free through school, which I know will not work on a Mac. I work as a PC technician and lean towards PC's, but I know everyone says Mac's are the best for Graphics, but does the same hold true for basic web design. The only reason I ask is because I am in the market for a new computer and what to take this into consideration. Any help or comments will be appreciated.