Hello! First of all, I'd like to apologize ahead of time for the long post, but rather than making 5 posts on different things, I thought I'd make one, all-inclusive post. I've been visiting this site quite frequently lately, especially due to my vast amount of research spent on choosing what laptop I'm going to buy. I've read reviews on every laptop that is currently being sold in major stores and manufacturers, and I've decided to go with: C2D 2.0 Macbook (White), 2gig ram, 80gig HDD, Applecare. My reasons for purchasing the MB as opposed to any of the other laptops were: I'm a student and needed something compact with a relatively good battery life. I wanted something that didn't really look like ass. The price was right, my university has that student discount dealy with apple. All in all, with applecare, I think the bill was like $1600. I think I may invest in another battery to take around to really boost my battery life away from the dorm, but 3-4 hours is good enough for me right now. Let me also say that this is my first time making the switch.. sure I have an iPod, but I've been a hardcore Windows user all my life and know that operating system inside and out. I must say, because Vista looks like it's gonna suck (and indeed seems like it's stealing a lot from OSX), I decided now would be a nice time to test the waters in mac. As a student, I will mostly be doing word processing and research... I have a desktop for gaming, so I don't need anything special in the way of a discreet gpu. Ram is obviously important simply because ram is ram. You can never really have TOO much. I've come to a crossroads though. My university offers Microsoft Office 2004 Pro for Mac for $69, or the same for Windows for $69. The Windows one will obviously have the complete suite and thus provide a lot more productivity. However, they said they are also getting Office for Windows 2007 later this month or early next month... presumably also for $69. This brings me to a big decision. I can buy XP Pro for $69 from the store, install it with Parallels or Bootcamp, and then install the windows version on that... or I could just buy the mac version and run it natively on OSX and not worry about another operating system. My question to you guys is... have you had any good or bad experiences with parallels and bootcamp? Which is preferred? Which would more likely suit my needs in this situation? If you were in the same situation, what would you do? Keep in mind that I have an 80gig hard drive, please Now, for a question that I know is answered a lot elsewhere, but would like just one last affirmation before I purchase. I'm thinking about getting a Considerable Embarassment from Crumpler and a Tom Bihn soft cell for my macbook to use in conjunction with each other... and if not the Crumpler, I'd get a Laptop Messanger from Timbuk2. Does anyone with the Tom Bihn have any comments as to the thickness of the product or possible incompatibilities with size? I'd greatly appreciate any and all suggestions or comments in this category because I plan on making the purchase either later today or tomorrow. Thanks a lot! I can't wait to be an active participant in this lovely community!