After having problems on my office computer with Windows and wasting another six hour of my life with a PCR error that would not let me print, a printer driver that I could not uninstall because there was a document in the print queue, etc., etc., I have decided to give the Mac another try. I could make the problem disappear, but what bothers me is that I have no idea what I did to make it go away. I now bought a Mac Mini and Parallels. Installed Windows 64 (32 bit) on the Mac, and spent most of the weekend making it work. It took a while, but I now have the most important programs running on the Mac and on the virtual Windows in Parallels. Printing of Windows applications is handled by OS X, by the way.
It's not without problems. Autohotkey does not play nice with Parallels or Parallels does not play nice with Autohotkey. Don't know what causes it, but the script file starts in Notepad whenever I switch from OS X to a windows application.
One good thing--actually the only thing I really require of Windows at this point--is that Parallels runs ConnectedText without a hitch. But what really blows me away is that "Parallels Mobile," a companion application, can connect to a running copy of ConnectedText (or any other Windows application) on the desktop so that you can actually work in ConnectedText on the iPad. The virtual keyboard obscures much of the screen (when it's open), but it works, and the topics are immediately updated as they are written. This is great!