First off this isn't my first time using a Mac, well a real one I should say. My previous experience is a hackintosh. Well this year I took the plunge and waited until the 17" new MBP was released. I am a new proud owner of one, but just waiting for it to get here now. So in the meantime I have a few questions maybe someone can help a Windows/Linux user move over to a laptop for full time minus major gaming. WARNING: I am a Unix Systems Engineer so some technical questions here. 1) I know the Macbook doesn't have a Serial port and I need one for my Serial connection to manage Solaris boxes on the serial side when in the data center. Could someone recommend a good USB to Serial converter with SOME cable length on it? I don't need 6 feet but maybe a 3 foot cable would be nice, just don't want something that is a condensed unit if you know what I mean. 2) Could someone recommend a good Serial console program to go with #1, I've used minicom and SecureCRT to name a few. 3) I've done some research on backing up the macintosh and need to ask what would be the best solution. I am planning to get a 1TB Time capsule since my current Wi-FI is B so its time to upgrade. I was going to use that for the TimeMachine side and use a FW800 attached Raid 1 system to do drive dumps with SuperDuper. Am I being too paranoid or does that sound solid? Also how would I RESTORE the image in a failed drive or upgrading the drive scenario with SuperDuper? 4) When new MAJOR OS versions come out like 10.6 and so forth, could I attach a FW800 single drive and install the new OS onto that drive and then give a test run a few hours before I decide to upgrade my internal hard drive? Does the Macbook allow you to boot/install from an external FW/USB drive? 5) BootCamp, I know you can do this to create Windows installs. Could you use Bootcamp to install Linux instead of windows if you wanted and how do you handle the Grub issue of bootloaders? Also could you have TWO bootcamps one windows and one linux with MAC OSX to? 6) Tweaking? Anyone have any good articles or resources to OPTIMIZE the performance in OSX to the fullest if possible. Thanks in advance!