I'm thinking of buying a Mac Mini for a birthday present for my wife (her 700MHz PIII-based PC is well due for an upgrade, and she craves the mini). Her birthday is in the first week of March, and I need to make a decision in the next couple of days. I hope you can answer a few of my questions, since I don't know much about the Apple products. The Buyer's Guide suggests *not* buying a Mac Mini now, as an update is likely to be coming. Have there been any rumors about a forth-coming update? I read the news about the new Intel mobile platform (Santa Rosa); how likely is that Apple will skip updating the Minis to the Core Duo 2, going for a more substantial update in the summer? Are there any known kinks with the current Core Duo versions of Mac Minis? Is buying a refurbished Mac Mini a good idea? Do the Mac Mini take any generic (i.e. non-Apple) hardware upgrades, e.g. the RAM, CPU, optical drive? Many thanks in advance for any input!