Actually, I don't think I'm missing the point at all.
Let's start with all those "poor AOL users." The AOL client for Mac OS X is just as easy as on any other platform. You turn on your computer, launch AOL, and do your thing. Those folks have it made.
As for Quark, you can't tell me that 80 percent of the Mac user community is relying on Quark as their main application. It just ain't so. Those who do rely on Quark won't be able to switch to Mac OS X outright until January or so. But those same people can still buy and install Mac OS X and start getting comfortable now. You can run both OSs on one computer.
Here's what I'm trying to say: Software vendors aren't going to hang around and wait forever for the Mac community to reunite under Mac OS X. Take Microsoft. They've already said that they will not write any more software for OS 9. Period. If their OS X titles don't sell, then they pull back. Money is a big part of this conversation. And we are going to have to part with some of our money to keep our platform. Believe me, I did not like shelling out my bucks to buy an Office upgrade. I'm a writer for a living, and writers don't earn a lot of dough.
The point I'm trying to make is that it's time for us to start using Mac OS X in whatever capacity we can. We are at a crossroads, and I want this platform to succeed. I'd like to hear fewer excuses and more creative thinking on this issue.