I got the Wenger Urban Backpack and a Lucas bag. I just got the backpack and it is very nice, really spaceous, enough for my laptop, a physics textbook, a econ textbook, my power brick, my mouse, my psp, my H320, and finally 6 notebooks for my classes. Its a huge backpack.
1.No firmware hacks can't do that
2.Yes, a better wifi card can help signal strength
3.If you want to have an external antenna, you'll have to buy a external card with the connector. Or, you can go through a hack that will allow your wifi card to connect to a external antenna (requires cutting the case).
Um... can the E6700 work inside of a Z96J? The Meroms are all in the T7*** scheme, and they are due to release at the end of this month. Also, you should buy the barebones with the Dvd drive, so the mounting brackets come with it. The wireless adapter should be a 3945 ABG, they are around the same price so not that much change. Thats all I have to offer.