First, I am a long time x86 user. I am even a Dell certified technician for the college where I work. As a result, I am quite familiar with x86 hardware and, through my work at the college, I know what all can go wrong with a x86 laptop. However, I want a machine with an OS rooted in Unix (I am a hardcore Debian fan) with a slick interface. Mac OS X looks to be that OS; plus, I want to learn the Mac platform. Now for my question. The AppleCare service plan is quite expensive for a Powerbook 15" and is rather mediocre as compared to Dell's CompleteCare service plan. The Dell plan covers liquid spills, accidental drops of the machine, power surges, and cracked or shattered LCDs. The Apple plan is just the standard limited warranty extended for a couple of years. Should I consider getting the Apple plan if I purchase a Powerbook? I don't want to buy a $2,000 laptop and some peice of hardware start to malfunction after the warranty has run out. Is the hardware trustworthy enough for me to cut this cost? I am a student on a limited budget (my tax refund is the only reason I am considering the laptop right now).