Mad Ivan writes "As the family's resident computer geek, I have been asked to recommend a laptop for my nephew, who will be starting a 2-year program in Computer Game Design this spring at a local technical institute. I have heard that the school uses mostly Dells, and I've had good experience with the brand, but I'm open to other thoughtful suggestions. Price is a consideration, but I want a machine that will last him throughout his educational program, if possible. I have no idea what software he will be using, or even the OS (although I assume Windows). Ideas from the crowd?"