Hello everyone. I purchased a 13" MBP (first Mac) for university and got my first iPod touch with it. I have some questions which I hope you can help me out with. At university I want to record the lectures to archive them in case I want to listen to them again later on. a. What hardware device could I get to make digital recordings of the lectures clearly without any hassle? b. What program should I use to make the process of storing the lectures onto my computer along with giving the file appropriate labels and information (like prof name, course, short notes about topics covered) etc easy and streamlined and not a hassle? Before I go this Mac and iPod, I used to sync my phone with my video files and stuff manually. But this iTunes thing allows me to just click a button and it automatically syncs with my iPod hassle free. So I hope you understand what I mean by hassle free. c. Sometimes during a lecture there are important points being said or summaries being given etc. What could I do to 'flag' that area so that later on, instead of going through a whole lecture, I could just listen to where I have flagged the recording in order to get a summary of all the important and useful stuff in the lecture. During lectures I like to take down notes to use them to revise later on. a. Do you have any suggestions on how I could do this? Is it best to just note them down on paper using a pen/pencil or is there some viable digital solution? b. How feasible would it be for me to take down notes on paper and then scan them onto my computer? Evernote can recognize handwriting. What about Calendar programs? Since I have never used calendars for managing my time before I want something easy and which actually does help me. a. Will iCal and Calendar (for iPod) be enough? Or should I get some other program? b. Where does Schoolhouse come into the picture? c. My university has a website where I have to log in and I can then look at my weekly and daily schedule (of lectures, tutorials and labs). Assuming there is no built in way to transfer this to a program like iCal, what could I do to transfer the entries to iCal or whatever program I end up using, apart from entering it manually. I can go to a print view thing and it gives me a table so can iCal automatically understand it and make entries for me? Since I am going to be on a tighter budget now, I want a simple, easy to use finance application too, which can keep a detailed track of all that I have purchased and give me an overview of my purchases and stuff like graphs and percentages etc. a. What could I use? I will be using the iPod touch too so ideally there should be an application for both the Mac and iPod (but iPod is necessary). b. Would it be a good idea to scan or taking pictures of (using the iSight) receipts and stuff and attach them to my purchases (on the finance app)? c. I did look into mint.com and Quicken free (whatever it is called) but I dont think they work here in Canada. What should I do now? How can I make voice and video calls to folk using MSN Messenger or Google Talk? Does iChat work for that? Since I like to keep myself updated with the international world news and stuff, is there something innovative I could do for that on the Mac? I know I can go to news websites and read or even subscribe to their RSS feed. But isnt there some podcast or something which could replace my TV? On the Blackberry there is this application called Viigo, which is a very very useful RSS aggregator. Its probably one of the best apps on the BB platform. Does the iPod have anything which can compete with or be at par with Viigo? It can like get my Podcasts and do like everything lol. Ok I think thats enough questions lol.