I wish I had gotten all this computer advice before I went down the first time. Anyway, just a note about bringing an i-pod, or something like that. It’s an awesome idea, then you can bring music wherever you go. Another great thing to bring (and I think costs around $30-$50) is a small radio transmitter. It plugs into the headphone jack of a walkman, i-pod, or whatever… it then sends out a signal that can be picked up by nearby radios. This is great, ’cause then you can play all the music stored on your i-pod over the speakers of whatever is around you, as long as it has a radio. We had one amongst our GA crew last year, and it was the most valuable commodity any of us had. OH, and they don’t sell them in New Zealand (I tried buying one for a winter over-er after I left the ice… to mail down to them – – no such luck), so buy one in the U.S. before you head to the Ice.