Buy a new Mac with Apple's education discount ($100 off MacBook, $200 on MacBook Pro), and get a free 8GB iPod Touch or 8GB iPod Nano (after rebate). It's pretty easy to get the education discount...real simple online, and in the store you (or your kid) has to have a student ID, something showing acceptance to a school, etc. It just so happens, Joe College needed a replacement for his iBook, so we stopped at the Apple store today. Got him a new MacBook for $100 off, bought the iPod Touch for $299. My $299 rebate check from Apple is already in process. Here's the conundrum: Spousal Unit has issued an edict (more than a dirty look, less than an ultimatum) that I sell the Touch on eBay (they're going for about $250) to help further reduce the net cost of the MacBook. Problem is, I've seen the iPod Touch, played with the one we gave our youngest kid for a high school graduation gift, and I know first hand just how God-awful cool they are. Every corpuscle in my body wants to keep the Touch right here. I'm a Palm Man for sure, and promise my TXes and Centro that I will remain loyal to them. But the S.U. and the kids fly off to visit (her) family tomorrow, leaving me alone with my weaknesses. My middle kid asked me yesterday, "Dad, what're you gonna buy this time while we're gone." (He knows me too well.) Me has a bad feeling that I've already bought it...and I'm not feeling so bad about it, since it was "free".