Hey y'all, I'm switching over to Mac tomorrow when I drop by my local apple retailer and pick up an MBP (now that an update seems far away and my Toshiba crashes 4-5 times daily). It's a pretty sweet deal. As a student I get this MBP: # Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, 2MB L2 Cache # 2.0GB DDR2-667 SDRAM - 2 DIMM # 200GB Hard Drive (5400rpm) # 8x Dual Layer DVD+/-RW/CD-RW # 15.4" LED Widescreen Display # NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics with 256MB RAM # Airport Extreme (802.11n) # Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (based on IEEE 802.11n draft specification); built-in Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) module # Illuminated Keyboard # iLife 08 # 1 year Apple warranty Plus this: # Microsoft Office 2008 # 2GB flash drive # AppleCare extended warranty (3 years total)* # 4 port usb hub # 14ft ethernet cable # Notebook security lock # Neoprene sleeve # $39 bag voucher (bag to be picked up at store) Plus the 8GB iPod Touch, for $2,199. I tried to price a student discounted laptop with just Office and AppleCare and it came out to more than this... So I figure what the heck on getting another flash drive and a few other goodies lol. Here are my questions (and I'm thinking long-term for this laptop... like the 5+ years of my PhD program): 1) How much is it to upgrade the 4GB RAM and where can I find the compatible type? 2) What is a good cooling pad, as I hear these run hot? Would you recommend this http://www.targus.com/us/product_details.asp?sku=AWE11US ? 3) Is the Apple Sleeve and a nice bag solid protection physically? 4) BootCamp or VMWare? I get the feeling that VMWare allows more flexibility between OSs. Thanks beforehand... Let's hope Macs are all I have heard and more!