Well, I am old enough to be on my own, but I am not, only because of a medical condition I have had all my life... and as of maybe May of 1999 we made a family decision to scrap that laptop. I was, what I call "given" permission to buy my macbook. (It wound up being a pro, because, at the time, it was cheaper than the white macbook.) I had a I-pod before, and I don't have problems with it.... So.... It was the obvious choice. (BTW, my condition I have has a history of taking me by surprise, and I don't drive mostly because of it and something else entirely, but kind of related. It's just safer I am still here.) s rock!