I will, like so many others, be heading off to college for the first time this fall, so it's time for the ritual laptop (er - notebook) buying. I've decided on a white 2.0ghz MacBook, probably with RAM and HD upgrades (which my parents would prefer to pay the nice people at Apple to do). If, heaven forbid, there is something wrong with my MacBook, would it be significantly harder to replace if I've ordered it custom with the larger HD/more RAM? Is it worth waiting to see if it works nicely and THEN going back to have RAM etc put in? Next, educational rebate on the iPod: I don't feel compelled by any of the current iPods. I feel like the Nano is too small and the 30gig is too big, plus I have no desire for video capability. Since there's nothing in between the Nano and 30gig, is the 4gig Nano annoyingly small? At the moment I have a 20gig 4th generation iPod, which is perfect except for its atrocious battery life (usually won't play at all unless it is actually plugged in to a power source). This IS a refurbished one, and it was such a time-consuming hassle to get Apple to replace my original one that I'm hesitant to try again. After years of watching me sit smugly in front of my very attractive Macs while she was restarting and battling viruses on her Gateway or Dell or whatever, my best friend is also looking at Macs. Those years of being fed up with her computer are certainly more convincing than anything I could say, so the MacBook is looking like a good possibility for her. The only concern I have is that she'll be a chemistry major - I know it depends on the school and she may have more stringent requirements, but is a Mac likely to complicate her life in any way? Beyond that, it's just down to convincing her parents that it's worth the cost. Thanks.