Confused about help from Apple and AppleCare. I am looking to get a Mac after years of frustration with Microsoft and pc support. I understand that AppleCare provides an extended warranty for repairs and parts two additional years beyond Apple's one year manufacturer warranty. (Don't know about extending that based on buying with Visa). What I don't understand is the relationship (if any) between AppleCare and free help (if any) by calling up Apple or the Apple Store. I know that the AppleCare add speaks to providing 24/7 phone help for three years, but talking with Apple people am led to understand I can get that help without AppleCare. Also do not understand the connection (again, if any) between AppleCare and the Genius Bar. Likewise I do not understand the connection between AppleCare and Apple Store classes on how to use Apple products. Talking with Apple reps doesn't give me a strong sense of surety about what is going on. Any amplification would be greatly appreciated. I do not want to get a Mac based on wanting the best customer care than cutting myself off by not getting AppleCare. On the other hand, I am not interested in paying $249 when the majority of the help could have been free. Would rather use the $249 for an Apple mouse and external hard drive.