Hello all, I'm new to this site. I actually came across this site because I was trying to find more information about macs. I've been really wanting to switch over to macs for quite some time now, and I finally might get that chance. Like some PC users, I'm still a little reluctant to switch. I will be heading off to college August 20, so my decision needs to come quickly. Right now I'm deciding between two PCs and an ibook. My parents are giving me $1200 to spend for a laptop, and the only macs I found in that range was the 12" ibook for $999 (with educational discount), which isn't really bad. The two other computers I'm looking at is a toshiba around $900 and a compaq around $1200. The reason I thinking about making the switch is I'm kind of really tired of PCs and all the technical problems I've had with them and for doing simple things on my computer. The only thing I really use my computer for is mainly internet surfing, email, and writing papers for class. I don't play computer games, except for a few on yahoo, or doing any type of complicated computer graphics things. I'm just a simple computer user. Would you all recommend the apple ibook over these PCs that I mentioned? Here are the specs on the ibook I want: 256MB, 30GB, Combo drive, 12", 1GHz PowerPC G4. If you want the specs on the two notebooks, go to circuitcity.com and click on notebooks and the first toshiba and second compaq computer you see is the one I'm mentioning. Also If I do get the ibook, is there any software or things that I should get (bluetooth, applecare protection plan, etc.) Sorry for the long post, just want to do my research. Thanks in advance.