Hey all, so I'm getting ready to make the big switch. I've been using Windows my whole life, going back to 3.11. With the newest updates and price drops, my old thinking of it being too expensive blah blah just seemed outdated. So no convincing is needed for me, I'm going to be getting the 13" MBP base configuration. So as the title states, I will be a law student - 3 more years of school for me! So I wanted a computer that will be good for 3 years, and I feel this MBP will be just that, probably even for more than 3 years. So... Obviously given my future coursework, I will be using the computer primarily for internet, word processing, and general homework - as well as taking it to class most likely ... and to the library. My first question concerns my schoolwork ... Obviously I will be writing papers nonstop for 3 years. I can imagine I may need to do spreadsheets and presentations - although not nearly as much if at all really. I've always used msft office, and I know it VERY well. So, do you think I should get msft office mac edition, or just switch to iWork? I want 100% definite compatibility. Next, should I BTO the machine with 4 gigs RAM? I know it's more expensive, but then it'd be warranted by Apple, so, thoughts? Onwards, does anyone know what the heck is going on with Best Buy's position concerning the free iPod promotion? I already have an 80gb classic, but I'd like to give that to my brother (his old white 30gb is starting to go), and then I'd like to get the 120gb classic. I only have about 10gigs of music, so really, my reason for wanting the bigger classic is for use as a backup HD. Can this be done? Can a classic be used to do backups with time machine? My reasons for wanting to go with BB is because of the rewards points and the discounts I'd then get with that big of a purchase. I need DVD-rs, DVD cases, ink, paper, microSD/SD cards, a blackberry curve (looking to renew my 2yr w/ Verizon), a sleeve, a kensington lock, etc., etc. Also, I would imagine that BB will be bringing back the 18-month 0 financing deal for the back-to-school season, so getting everything same as cash would be great. I have a full scholarship for school and I will have to take direct loans for living expenses ... but I can also claim school-related personal expenses, so I'd definitely be able to pay it all off before that 18 month period was up. So it really would be same as cash with 0 danger of having to incur the wrath of terrible finance charges blah blah blah. But then again, Apple is doing the 12-month 0 interest, which would be fine too since I'd still be able to pay all of it off in time. It's just that then I'd miss out on all those rewards points at BB. Is Apple going to be doing away with that 0 interest special soon? BB ended their 18-month thing, which ticks me off, so if Apple is going to end their special soon, then I might just pull the trigger on Monday. Who knows if BB really will bring back that 18 month deal, or if they will ever get on the ball and honor the free iPod promo. Next, what about additional software needs? Do apples need antivirus, firewalls, adaware programs, ccleaner (for registry repairs), and other programs like those? What about simple utilities like winzip? Also, I will be getting a blackberry, so can I just connect it to the mac over bluetooth? I've never had a bluetooth enabled computer. My new canon multifunction printer says it can connect over bluetooth, so then do I not need my usb cable anymore for the mac? It'll just sync authomatically after I install drivers and such? Finally, what about snow leopard? When that comes out, school will have already started? Is it like windows where, I know you don't have to, but really it's best to reformat and do a clean install of the new operating system? Do mac users do the same with new OS X versions? It'd be a pain I would think to have to do that in the middle of my first semester, but I'm just curious. I'm sure a lot more questions will pop to mind, and I'm sorry for the long post and 500 questions, but this is all really new to me. Thanks for all your help in advance!!! I'm so excited to be a new convert!!!!