Hello, all! Well, I finally did it - I took the plunge and put in an order for my first Mac - a brand new, 12" Powerbook!!! I'm guessing it'll probably come in time for next weekend - the wait begins, eh? Just had a few questions for you lovely lads: -I'm planning on booting it up to check that it works, then formatting the drive and reinstalling the OS, installing only the components I need. Is this necessary? Or are the factory installations good? I noticed there are only a few trials (which I'd get rid of right away). I'm not familar with the Powerbook software package - up until recently, I was intending to get an iBook G4. -I'm a student, and I'm going to be lugging the Powerbook around with me quite a bit. I was thinking of purchasing a sleeve for it and sliding it into my backpack - is this a problem with a few heavy textbooks in there too? I don't want the book to get smooshed! Anyways, thanks a ton for all your help. You guys are great! Any first-time tips would be greatly appreciated as well!