At any rate, forgetting the new laptop, I bought a Dynex webcam on sale at Best Buy for next to nothing, and the damn thing is working fantastically! Works great with Mercury Messenger, and even better with iChat. OMG iChat! I can't tell you how horrible it's been trying to get the Logitech to work with that.
Anyway, it's just like the rest of the Mac experience - just plug it in and It Just Damn Works. I feel an orgasm coming on.
The younger kid and I just got done clowning around a lot with the video. I need to find a way to record video for like podcasting and other hijinx. Such as animated LJ icons. Hee!