I keep reading about various problems with the rMBP. I realize this is mostly a forum for people to come with their computer problems, but is this a technology that I should wait on a bit or move forward with the computer I was planning on ordering today (along with the Thunderbolt display and a few other items)? I have not configured the machine yet, but I really do not feel I have the knowledge it takes to get the best machine along with the Thunderbolt display. I have researched this some, read a ton of posts, but not many where the poster has a rMbP and a thunderbolt display. this will be my primary computer, but is mostly to replace a failing 2009 MBP (will not get into the details of the problems) for my position as a professor teaching o average 5-8 graduate courses/academic semester. I try but my knowledge in understanding techie stuff is poor. This is an area I have struggled with most of my life. I just have a hard time doing things/figuring out how to solve computer problems that most people is comes naturally. If anybody can help me with what cables, ethernet cables (I still have to be ready for the loss of my wireless signal and resort to a ethernet cable, especially if a class is in session). Can I use the display ports for what the rMBP lacks? For example, can I use the ethernet port on the TD and have that control my rMBP for course needs? What exactly are the Thunderbolt cables for? Is this the primary way to connect the TB Display to the rMBP or vic-versa? When I have looked at the options after configuring the rMBP there are several for the MagSafe. I realize this uses a smaller power adapter, but what are the additional accessories for? I found out one is for people who ant to use their older MagSafe adaptor so it allows for this but the other one I have no idea what this is for. is the HDMI port on the rMBP just for connecting the laptop to a TV or can this be used to connect the rMBP to the TB Display? I have had many problems with wireless connections so I have to be ready for this and resort to cables if I have problems, also in the area of printing/faxing/scanning, etc. Are the USB 3.0 cables port for this type of connection? am I best off getting additional USB 2.0 or are most accessories that would call for a USB connection ready to use USB 3.0? I will be getting a new Canon printer for this set-up so any recommendations would be appreciated. I think that is about it because I know how you hate long posts. I have had people tell me just get the machine and plug it in a use it, but I do not understand that when the ports are different, I sometimes need an ethernet connection , especially when I travel, etc. I really appreciate any help one can give me so I am ready when the machine (rMBP and the TB Display arrive. any input on using these 2 machines together would be appreciated. is the rMBP left open when using the TB Display or is there a way to use the rMBP closed but by using a wireless keyboard just using the TB Display? (I know this sounds really ignorant, but these types of questions I have and it is an example of how these do not come naturally for me.) Finally, is there any difference between a Flash Drive and an SSD? I hope I am not making a mistake by getting the rMBP when there seems to best many posts on various Apple forums of people having problems with their rMBP? O, I was also curious if (and I should say yes I have been to the Apple Store, but the 2 sales kids I worked with did not seem to have much more knowledge about these types of questions than I do) if the Applecare I get for the rMBP covers the TB Display of purchased at the same time or if I ned a separate Applecare plan for the external superdrive and the TB Display? Hope the post is legible, but I am running out the door. Thank in advance for any help/positive advice you can give me.