...or try to edit AVCHD Video on WIndows 7 PC. Really, I am not an Apple fan-boy. I am just really busy and need my technology to work NOW!
I don't have any trouble editing AVCHD/MPEG4/AVC on WinXP/Vista/Win7. Just buy a cheap copy of Nero Vision or TMPGEnc Xpress and you're all set. With all the money you save by not buying Apple surely you can spare a few bucks. Wait, you're a "techie" but can't be bothered to install a simple piece of software? I think you're placing your credentials at serious risk by saying things like that.
We will have solar energy as soon as the utility companies solve one technical problem -- how to run a sunbeam through a meter.