Hi, First off, great forum I love it. I have been searching around finding out all kinds of newbie questions! Well I have been using Windows since 3.1 and now I have switched! Ordered my Mac through a friend who works at Apple who gave me a nice discount! I have purchased a 12" powerbook so I can take it back and forth to university. It's my final year so I figured I need a computer that "just worked" if you know what I mean!? I have a couple of questions that I hope you don't mind answering for me. 1.) This sleep function on the powerbook. Is it really as good as I have heard. I mean you put it to sleep and open the lid and its up within a second?? In Windows I would have never dreamed of using the hibernation function, it should be called "coma" cause you could never get it out of sleep! When the powerbook goes to sleep, what does it keep on, just the fan? Is it safe to put it to sleep, then put in my college bag and then open it later in the day expecting it to be still working? What is the impact on battery life? Would you think it would be better to shutdown to preserve battery life? 2.) Okay I have seen some funky style carry cases for the ibook and powerbook, where can I purchase these online? I am from the UK so it would be preferable to have a UK store. 3.) Okay here is a bit of a UNIX question. I am computer science student and occasionally have to do UNIX system programming using a Linux box. For instance I have recently (not very successfully) created a web server from scratch in C++ using UNIX system calls. Can I do this kinda thing on Mac OS X? If I went to a terminal session and typed emacs would I get the editor up? If I then coded some C++ source code and then ran g++ would it compile? 4.) What's your take on Microsoft Entourage? Any good, is it better than Mail that comes with Mac OS X? You know I think that's about it....yeah....that's about it. Thanks for all your help! Luke P.S - Can't wait for my powerbook to arrive!