I've seen a thousand posts that almost answer this question, and then not quite, and I can't find any that do, so sorry if it's a repeat, but... 1) The firewire port always charges the thing during sync, and there isn't a way, AFAIK, to turn this off. 2) Charging it to full takes a lot longer than my iBook is typically on for, and it does not charge from the FW port of a sleeping computer so, when in the charge cycle is it best to sync? I tried syncing just before I recharged, and the one time I did this, the charging indicator never went to charged, even though it was charged. More recently, I do it right after recharging. Is there a way that's a lot better for the battery than others? Thanks!