Don't know about how he'll perform in the NFL, but I know one way he compares to Ben... boy can drink & party! Auburn boys got the main VIP room/stage (with a pole in the room, imagine!) at Opera (night club in Atlanta, GA).
My friends got a vip room at Opera that night (my bachelor party weekend) and ended up drinking with Cam Newton and a bunch of huge mofos in the team. Cool dudes.
I'm a developer and manage a dev team @ a bank in Charlotte.
If programming is a serious interest, then get into coding (Java, .NET, .ASP, etc). If not, you'll get frustrated pretty fast and have a very hard time getting an entry level job.
For breaking into IT, I will suggest one of the following -
Learn SQL and get an Oracle certification. Buy a book on data warehousing and learn to use an ETL tool - Informatica, SSIS, etc... any. Many companies hire folks with entry level knowledge in this field and will not be as tough to break into.
Networking. Certify and apply everywhere.
Focus solely on databases - get multiple oracle certifications and work on free/part-time database jobs that you can show on your resume as work done.
Click on the yellow + to maximize a page to its best view possible. As a PC user, you've been brainwashed to maximize every window possible. You do not need to do so and will quickly get used to the mac.
As for software programs... right out of the bat, the mac comes preloaded with a lot of stuff that will be sufficient for almost everyone. Unlike when you buy a PC and have to load everything up, you don't have to do that with your mac. If you need something you can't find, google or check on apple website or ask here... apple website has some neat how-to tutorials. I found them useful when I bought my first macbook.
Here's the bottom line... I've been using windows for the last 15 years. I can't tell you how many times I have seen the blue screen of death or have a PC crap out on me some different way. Encounter a new issue and download something different to fix it.
I've had a mac for 2 years now and haven't crashed on me once till date. Less of a headache for me and I'm quite happy that way.