So yeah I made this thread because there is a mac thread, and there has been a lot of threads going on asking for recommendation of laptops. So basically postany deals that you wanna share with fellow Nters in this recession. Also post the programs that are essential for pc users. I'll start this off I know I've posted this like three times in three seperate posts about this same laptop but this gateway MD7818u is something serious what I copped acouple weeks ago and I absolutely love it, virtually no lag extremely sleek design but the fingerprints are a drawback, all in all this is a fine piece of workand props to gateway. Dont know how it is in the long run yet but we'll see how it turns out later. $700 pricetag 500 gig hard drive 4 gig ram centrino core 2 duo processor hdmi crappy graphics card http://www.bestbuy.com/si...uct&id=1218044029503 Essential programs Here is a list of some essential programs for new laptops/desktops. Firefox 3 http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ Gimp - dont use this much cuz I'm not big with graphic editing but I've heard its good http://www.gimp.org/ Photosynth - This thing is pretty sweet because it takes individual photos and http://blog.ted.com/2009/01/photosynth_obam_1.php Skype http://skype.com/ Open Office - I think the new one has support for docx or xml formatting I'm not sure though I'm still using the 2007 trial http://www.openoffice.org/ VLC http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ Photosynth - Any one that loves to take a lot of photos, I recommend you try this photosynth thing its pretty sweet http://blog.ted.com/2009/01/photosynth_obam_1.php http://photosynth.net/default.aspx objectdock- is a must for windows users http://www.stardock.com/products/objectdock/ Theres a lot of things I'm missing, but this is off the top of my head, but I know ya'll got a lot more than this.