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Old 07-28-2005, 02:03 PM
Benjamin R. Shedlock
 
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for those of you like myself who grew up with Apple, I suggest the mac mini. For about $500 plus monitor, keyboard and mouse, you get basically a full scale, tiny (2x9x9) desktop computer. I need it to get my elegant apple fix. Windows makes me feel like I'm some sort of Huxley-esque delta...

As for typing, laptop keyboards suck (though I did do my final 38 page paper for history this year on one). I just took my friend out to Best Buy and he picked up an external, wired keyboard/optical mouse combo for 40 bucks! My brother, a seasoned college student, swears by this method.
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Old 07-28-2005, 02:22 PM
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One issue though, if you bring your own non standard machine (non drew laptop), you will recieve no support from the CNS helpdesk. You might find someone who knows computers whose willing to help you on their own time, but CNS will not touch a non standard computer. Of course finding help will probably be somewhat more difficult with a mac, but thats a matter of preference. There are also various resources online for finding help.

http://depts.drew.edu/cns/support/policy/nosupport.php
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Old 07-28-2005, 04:06 PM
Zachary C. Kanfer
 
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Originally Posted by Benjamin R. Shedlock
As for typing, laptop keyboards suck (though I did do my final 38 page paper for history this year on one).

The ones on the drew computer are really nice. It's a full size keyboard. The only thing it doesn't have is the second set of numbers, all the way to the right, but you can hit a button or two and switch it so that you can use other keys as a number pad. And there is the regular set of numbers above the qwerty key line. I actually like this keyboard more than regular keyboards, because there's less action of the keys. I find it easier to type.

although, I do have an external mouse. but that's just my preference.
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Old 07-28-2005, 04:11 PM
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If you do want to get an external keyboard though, I recommend a "college student friendly" one, such as this: http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/5a7f/ It is water/spill proof, easily cleaned, and rolls up pretty small. However, I will admit that it takes a little getting used to.

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Old 07-28-2005, 04:46 PM
Matthew J. Stuart
 
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I'm bringing my desktop. I figure that I'll probably just leave the desktop plugged in and transfer work off of it, I find it really hard to write long pieces on laptops... plus I like video games.

As for the switch/router thing I think that you can get wireless switches but they're different from routers. Switches don't do as many awesome things as routers (like DHCP... I think), they just split the signal up to be sent to different computers. Or at least that's what I've been led to believe.

If you like video games, you may find that you will lag quite a bit. I found that attempting to play any online game during times when a lot of people were using the network was next to impossible. Unless you use it in the middle of the day or very, very late at night, you may encounter problems. If that happens, leave your dorm room door open and socialize!Just a heads up!
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Old 07-28-2005, 08:15 PM
Zachary C. Kanfer
 
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that's why you bring your computer to class and ...

I mean, "oh."
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Old 07-29-2005, 03:18 PM
Benjamin R. Shedlock
 
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yea, I realize I get no support, but, given that my earliest memories involve playing dungeons of doom on a 9x9 inch, b&w screen on a one piece, 1985 vintage, mac, and then using them all through up to the mini, I'm confident I can handle that. I don't expect them to manage my crap. Thanks for the "heads up" though!!
cheers!!
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Old 07-29-2005, 03:30 PM
Andrew L. Schaffer
 
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If you like video games, you may find that you will lag quite a bit. I found that attempting to play any online game during times when a lot of people were using the network was next to impossible. Unless you use it in the middle of the day or very, very late at night, you may encounter problems. If that happens, leave your dorm room door open and socialize!Just a heads up!

Thanks for the heads up. It's also nice knowing that they don't block games. At my brother's college (dickinson) they apperently throttle all internet traffic except for normal web browsing.

Anyone else bringing full desktops? We should do lan games.
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Old 07-29-2005, 06:49 PM
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I'm in: Diablo 2, Starcraft I, and II (expansion) and Warcraft III. That's what I'm bringing. Get me interested in something else and I'll probably buy it.
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Old 07-29-2005, 06:54 PM
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I'm in: Diablo 2, Starcraft I, and II (expansion) and Warcraft III. That's what I'm bringing. Get me interested in something else and I'll probably buy it.

I was thinking more along the lines of UT2k4, half life 2, those sorta games. But hey, I'll dig out diablo 2 and Broodwar and bring em anyway... I do miss those games.
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