I'm a second-year engineering student and need to buy a new computer. My school "strongly recommends" the purchase of a PC laptop so that I will be able to run the software that all engineering students need to use, like Mathcad, among a lot of more specialized, smaller programs that are only available on Windows. So I guess I've already answered my own question--but I still really want a Mac and can't really imagine getting a PC to use everyday. Are there any other engineers here that have gotten through school using a Mac? If not, what is the most Apple-like PC laptop I can get? People say IBM is good, but I've looked at there computers and there are like 5 different series. Which one is most similar to the PowerBook?