Hi all, been reading various Mac forums over the past few days and this one seems like the best, so I figure I'd give this a shot -- I am a lifelong desktop PC user, now looking for my first laptop/notebook... Not totally sure what I am going to end up purchasing, but at this time I am leaning towards a new iBook, particularly the 14" 1.2ghz model. If I do decide to go with the iBook, I have a few random questions (in no particular order): --Is http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t.../103-8182289-7675057?v=glance&s=pc]This iBook the exact model of this computer found currently in the online Apple Store? If not, what is the difference? Everything seems to be the same, except there is an "A" at the end of the model number.. Is this the revision? If so, would I get a later revision if I were to buy directly from Apple? I assume that in most cases a later revision means a more stable product. The reason I'm inclined to order from Amazon rather than from Apple directly is because Amazon is currently running a $150 rebate offer. --I know you get 90 days phone support and 1 year of service coverage without purchasing any additional warranty. Can you buy the Applecare Protection Plan any time during that first year at the same price, or do you need to buy the Applecare when you buy the computer? I would probably see how the iBook is holding up and decide whether or not I think the warranty is worth it. Also, is there a problem getting Applecare when the computer was purchased from a reseller, like Amazon, and not directly from Apple? --I notice that on the Airport Extreme Card page at Apple.com, it says that <snip> To get the full speed benefits of the 802.11g-based AirPort Extreme Card in your Apple computer, you'll want to use it with an AirPort Extreme Base Station. But since the AirPort Extreme Card is compatible with 802.11b, you can use any AirPort Base Station or other Wi-Fi certified 802.11b access point without any hassles; </snip> Does this mean that when connecting my PCs and my iBook, without an Airport Base Station, I can only get 802.11b speeds? I have read some things that suggest otherwise, but I just want to be sure I will get the same benefit using a 802.11g router, since the wording on Apple's site seems vague. --Dead pixels. Seems to be a potential problem with pretty much anything with a LCD... What are the chances that my brand new iBook would have a dead pixel on it? Will there more than likely be a couple, or probably none at all? I'm the first to admit that I'm pretty picky and a dead pixel ANYWHERE would probably drive me nuts, and I'd probably get sick to my stomach if it was near the middle of the screen. --OS X -- As I mentioned, I've pretty much only used PC's (with Windows), and have barely ever used a Macintosh computer. Coming from Windows, will OS X seem too "dumbed down" to me? For instance, I dislike certain Windows apps that seem crippled, sacrificing features for ease of use. Stuff like "Easy CD Creator," and the like... Instead of Windows Media Player, I prefer Winamp... Instead of Internet Explorer, I prefer Mozilla... Stuff like that. I guess it just concerns me how some websites would have you believe how "easy" OS X is. Of course ease of use is a plus for me, but I don't like it when it affects the functionality of a program. --Graphics card quality... This is not going to be a full blown gaming rig, but I would like the option to be able to play some more simple stuff, like Warcraft 3. I've read alot of different opinions on these forums and others on how Warcraft 3 runs... Seems like one person's idea of "great" is another person's idea of horrible, and even then, others insist they are getting great FPS with settings bumped up... Does anyone have "hands-on" experience using an iBook with a game like Warcraft 3, specifically multiplayer? --RAM... How much of a difference from the stock 256 from 512? Is it pretty sluggish without the boost? Alot of people seem to be saying that the extra RAM is a necessity, not an option. Also, I've done enough reading on these boards to know that it's best to just buy the RAM from a place like Crucial and install it yourself -- how easy is it to install, do I just pop off a cover and pop it in? --Last question, and this is a shot in the dark whether or not anyone has any take on this. The other notebook that caught my eye besides the 14" 1.2ghz iBook was this PC notebook If I were to get the 14" 1.2ghz iBook, even after adding AppleCare and another 256mb of RAM, this one would end up costing about $500 more. Despite that, do you think that this laptop (or a similar one) would be a better value for the money? I realize I might get a slightly biased opinion here, but I might as well ask... Thanks for your help!