Today's the day I go buy a 12inch powerbook. YAY!! Actually this is the second time, the first time I got an ibook about 20 months ago and sold it quickly because I didn't need it. This time I do need it for school and I can't wait. I've really been wanting a powerful mac that can run OSX 10.3 well (my iG3 ibook had some hiccups). ANYWAY. I need a lot of advice. This is a windows guy entering an almost unknown world. First, the machine. I'm getting the G4 1.33 12inch pbook. I'll buy some memory later from a cheaper place than apple. I'm also getting the 20Gb Ipod. My reasoning behind getting this now rather than waiting for the new models is that I'm saving $200 for the edu price along with the $200 for buying the ipod and pbook together. I don't think I could save that much money if I get the new pbook which won't be too much of a performance boost anyways. What do you guys think? I'm not getting the applecare because it's like $300 more and I don't have that much money to spare. Is this an essential? What other things should I get? Software: I'm planning on getting Office 2004 when I get my pbook. Other than that, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS OUT THERE. I've went through the desktop thread and copied down all those nice programs you guys use to make your desktop so nice (one of the reasons why I wanted a pbook and why I can't wait for Tiger). Are there any other software I need? I've got adium, quicksilver, fruit menu, launch bar, backlight, cleardock. Anything else? Thanks in advance! One more non buying question. Last time I played with macs, I got really confused by the folder structer (home, applications, etc). How do you guys organize your software and where do you install your programs?