Well i am about to kick my @#$%^&* toshiba laptop to the curb.. I could go on for days about how it was a disaster but its my fault for buying it...ill just say its on it 9th battery in 8 months...anyway.. I have my sights set on a new MBP, I have been watching these forums for a few weeks now and got many of my questions answered but just looking for a few more specifics... 1.) I won't get into the great chip debate but my though on the situation is whatever is in it when i buy around thankgiving will be enough for my needs...BUT coming from the windows world and listening to all the system requirments for vista..... if i take the jump now without tiger... will i be missing any hardware needed to support any of the new features... (not meaning operating temp, battery life, etc) from what we know so far.... 2.) RAM...I currently have 512 in my pos laptop and it is clearly not enough for my needs on windows... i have read a few threads advocating 1gig.. whats is the idea setup...ordering setup from apple with edu discount ($90 for 1 gig 2x512).. thus the ram would be covered via apple care from my bad luck... or saving a bit and ordering from newegg.com and being sol if something was to happen. 3.) I cant yet get away from my windows mobile pda for lack of better options.... I have done some searching in phone forums and I believe there is an app out there called "missing sync" that allows syncing with mac.... anyone have any experience... 4.)are there any other issues (i know heat and bat life) that i should know about the MBP... Thanks alot.... I cant wait to switch... I am in my first semseter of a two year master's thesis project and cant trust this comp with my future.