Things for College

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  1. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    I have a TiBook 1Ghz and getting a 17" MBP with bootcamp. What things does a student need in college? I am thinking about getting a docupen rc800 to scan textbooks but I can't think of anything else. There isn't a cap amount of money to spend, it just has to be something I need. My major is chem btw.

    Also what out of those two laptops would you carry with you everyday? Would you carry both of them?
     
  2. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816

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    ooo my major's going to be Chemical Engineering so I'd appreciate answers to these questions as well (I have a MacBook Pro 15" 1.83)

    Oh - what size is the TiBook? You won't want to carry around two laptops - that's unnecessary (in fact, why do you need both...???)

    Get a flash drive (or at least, I've heard they're useful - I'll be picking one up soon).
     
  3. Mernak macrumors 6502

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    definitely get at least 1 flash drive really any size but if you find a high capacity one for sale get that (now have 3 ,now that just bought a 512mb for $25, which was 1/2 off). As for which computer, i would personally carry around the TiBook just because im paranoid and would be afraid someone would steal it.

    good point xparaparafreakx, why DO you need both laptops?
     
  4. obrien234 macrumors regular

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    flash drives are quite useful, a lot of schools are wiping out floppy disks and the like, so they come to be rather handy.

    I have a question though, is the 17" necessary? I'm a Chem Engineering student and i use a 15" PB. I love the portability/power combo of the 15". It's nice to bring to class, and doesn't take up that much space. Unless you're doing something like video editing or something of the sort as an extensive hobby, the 17" is overkill.

    I also suggest extra RAM. Make sure you're running at least 1.5 GB. This will speed up common tasks and the like. A site I normally use is www.dealram.com. They are quite consist and show a variety of price points and online stores.

    I'll probably think of more later....
     
  5. ddrueckhammer macrumors 65816

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    Well, I would say MS Office but since it hasn't gone universal yet I can't recommend it. I have been using iWork '06 in the interim and am liking it more as I use it. You will need a spreadsheet so get MS Office for Excel as soon as it goes universal or iWork '07 if it gets a spreadsheet...

    You want a solid carry case and sleeve probably if you will be carrying it around as Aluminum Powerbooks dent easy. I like Crumpler, Acmemade, and Booq but there are tons of threads on this. Oh and I like Tuscano Second Skins or Incase sleeves...

    I would say a bluetooth mouse but you will probably never use it with the trackpad. If you must have a mouse the bluetooth notebook one from logitech is nice.

    An iPod Shuffle makes a wonderful companion because they can be used as a thumb drive, and are far more durible that normal iPods for carrying in your backpack etc.

    If you are taking college Physics you might want to purchase Physics 101 SE by Preater software. Its a program for basic physics and is really cheap as it is shareware. I will still use it for quickly solving problems in my advanced Engineering courses.

    You might want a copy of Maple if you are taking above Calc I. It is nice for the integration tutor. I have used it a few times to solve difficult integration problems and if you have it you really don't need any solutions manuals for your texts because it will solve pretty much anything. You will use it or Mathmatica if you take any advance Calculus at some point...

    The extra Ram suggested earlier is essential (at least 1Gb total). I would suggest Other World Computing or Newegg as they are cheaper than Crucial but make sure that the Ram has a warranty and is the correct kind for your powerbook if you use Newegg. I have seen Crucial Ram for dirt cheap there.

    Also, you might want an external hard drive like the Lacie D2 to backup all of your files and save Video, Audio, etc that you acquire while in school.

    Finally, you might want to get a DVI to s-video/composite video adaptor to hook your mac up to TVs. You can get it from Apple for twenty bucks and combine it with a mini-jack to composite audio adaptor or you can get one that has both video and audio from Monster Cables for more.

    Hope these suggestions help and goodluck!
     
  6. T-Stex macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys, I'm a rising senior working toward a degree in computer science and engineering, so I'll give some advice from my experience. For the OP, you'll only need the MBP. Sell the TiBook on eBay for around $1000, which seems to be the going rate there, and use that money toward other stuff for college. The MBP will be more than enough to handle your computing needs through college. As for the docuthing, I'm not really sure what it does actually, but that might mean that you won't need it. As far as other stuff goes, you probably won't need that much. I'm assuming your school will probably have computer labs everywhere, so you probably won't need a printer. I'd really just go with a good set of speakers, and maybe an external drive, and the flash drive. I use my flash drive all the time to transfer files, and I'm sure you guys will too. I'm not really sure that this helps all that much, but maybe you've gotten something out of it.

    Just out of curiosity, where are you guys going to be attending?

    <EDIT> Wow, I start typing a response and three other people beat me to it. Seems like everyone's got it covered here. But I'd second the advice on getting a good sleeve/case to protect the laptops, I swear by mine. I'd recommend stuff by Booq and Brenthaven.
     
  7. briansolomon macrumors 6502

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    I've been in college for a couple years now and out of experience(laptop) I would see if I couldn't trade in the TiBook for some kind of desktop solution in addition to the MBP. Typing on a laptop constantly really puts a strain on you. Having a great big monitor that is positioned nicely and a big keyboard is very relaxing. However you have a 17" MacBook Pro, so I don't know.

    Just my thoughts.
     
  8. ddrueckhammer macrumors 65816

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    I'm a Junior Civil Engineering Major at the University of South Florida...

    There are lots of other cool programs for Engineers that I didn't mention (and I tried to keep them to programs that I thought would be relevent to a Chem major), but like you said you don't really need any software but it makes it nice when you don't have to go to the lab at crunch time.
     
  9. ddrueckhammer macrumors 65816

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    I agree...I had a 12" Powerbook for two years and am trading for a new iMac this summer because it was getting hard on my eyes. The 17" Powerbook isn't that bad (my girlfriend has one) but to be honest I never really carried my laptop around with me that much except to play games at my friends houses. You get alot more computer for your money with a desktop but its all priorities....
     
  10. xparaparafreakx thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I thought people had back up computers for just incase. That why I am bring the TiBook with me.

    I got a Bluetooth Wacom Tablet, iPod Shuffle 512mb, office 04, iworks 06 and the DVI to RCA with Y cable. Looks like I got most things covered.

    As for the case thing, I might get a sleve for it and put it in a regular bag. Laptop bags to me are dead giveaways to people to jack my books.

    Did you guys have time in college to watch T.V. because I might want to get an EyeTv 500.
     
  11. truz macrumors 6502a

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    I would honestly hold off and purchase the 13.3" macbook (ibook) It should have a 1.83ghz cpu (maybe better) or the option to upgrade that high or higher and the battery life will be great. I think 17" is to big to lug around. I hate dragging my 15" widescreen around, it seems to big.
     
  12. kretzy macrumors 604

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    A flash drive is probably the next most important thing after your computer. I've used mine so much in the short time I've been at Uni. Also buy a big box of pens, they seem to disappear into thin air.
     
  13. ddrueckhammer macrumors 65816

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    I tried limiting myself on TV and World of Warcraft and that didn't work so I just cut myself off but all my classes are extremely hard and I try to take 15 hours or more per semester...If you want an EyeTV get one but just always realize that school is most important and if you need the time to work on school do that first...
     
  14. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    Being a Chem major I'd recommend you get a good scientific calculator. It'll be your best friend and completely indispensable in the lab. You'll probably get more work-related use out of it than your lappy.
     
  15. ddrueckhammer macrumors 65816

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    Haha! Yeah Pens for Chemistry and Biology classes and Pencils for Math and Physics. Alot of Chemistry/Biology want you to write only in pen because of the scientific method (keeping records of mistakes) bla bla bla. Physics and Math usually want it done in pencil or you have to rewrite it nicely for them...

    I like Bic Velocity Gels and Pilot G2s for Pens. (if you don't like gels don't get them..I know alot of people who don't like them because they smear but I don't have that problem...

    I like Paper Mate clear points for pencils (0.5 writes nicer but 0.7 lasts longer as I don't break the tip as much). I have purchased just about every kind of pencil at some point or another and these are my current favorite.

    Oh yeah and I've tried several graphing calculators. I used a TI-83 through the beginning of my Sophmore year then purchased a TI-89 and was given an HP 49G+. The TI-89 is more user friendly and has better instructions but the HP 49G+ has more power and a quicker interface...You probably don't need anything more than a TI-83 for math up to Calc II as they won't let you use anything better in most schools in the US. As the previous poster suggested you could probably get by with a basic scientific...
     
  16. xparaparafreakx thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I don't know anything about pens so I'll buy some and as for the calc, I got an 83 but I can run 84 or 89 on the computer if I need to. What about cell phones with a data plan? Will I need internet everywhere I go? I know at UC Davis there is not wifi everywhere.
     
  17. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I had a TI-89 for maths in high school. I loved it so much because it could solve equations for x. Unfortunately I can't use it in the course I'm doing now - commerce. Scientific only.
     
  18. seabass069 macrumors regular

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    Condems!! And lots of them. Thank God for Girls!!!
     
  19. h0e0h macrumors 6502a

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    all you really need for college dorm life:

    sheets
    xbox 360
    HD TV
    iCurve
    BT Keyboard/Mouse
    Booq Bag/Sleeve (great for my 12" but I'm a business major)
    and finally

    Some dorm neighbors that are 21 so they can get you Natural Light

    Let's face it, i've been through the freshman/sophomore year and realize that dorm life is fun, but GO TO CLASS. Its fun, but if you have to slam it, don't drink it... good luck...
     
  20. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Don't need 2 computers, it's just more stuff to worry about. Get a good sleeve - one with a bit of impact protection if you're going to be carrying it in a regular bag, there are laptop bags that look like ordinary backpacks, STM make some great kit, have a look at their website.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Chemistry, make sure you get everything done on time so you don't end up like me, taking 5 years to get a 3 year degree finished and hating the whole idea of Uni by the end of it. Stay motivated and you'll have a ball. Get your eyes tested because you'll probably be sitting in front of screens reading pdfs of umpteen thousand scientific journals and you do not want to be getting headaches from that.

    Get a good steel ruler, various coloured pens and really pay attention to learning all the little ins and outs of Excel - you'll spend so much time in there it's not funny. Plotting out electron density and probability when you're doing quantum chem is really going to test your excel abilities.

    Lab coat + safety glasses. Wear them at all times in the lab. AT ALL TIMES. I cannot emphasise just how important they are, if you wear glasses, get the safety glasses that fit over the top of them. They've saved my skin on so many occasions, not to mention my face, eyes, mouth, extra special places etc...

    Good, comfortable, work-place approved shoes. You want ones that you can stand for hours in but won't slip over on the slightest trace of liquid on the lab floor - you do not want to be slipping over whilst carrying a tray of nitric acid.

    Plenty of small (64 page) books, that way you can keep notes from each little module more or less organised - yes, you will be handwriting notes, handwrite them in class then type them up into legible print outs when you get back, that way not only have you done the first stage of repetition but it gets them out of the way. You can keep up easier if you handwrite your notes and your exams won't be on a computer so your handwriting needs to be kept in a legible form.

    Get to know your peer-reviewed scientific journals, if they aren't reviewed by respected members of the scientific community, they're worth diddly squat as references for your lab reports. Stick with the big ones - the ones that have about 100 years or so of history behind them.
     
  21. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I realise it's just a typo, but that made me laugh. :D Condemning may be what your mother would be doing if she knew what you were up to! :p ;)
     
  22. ddrueckhammer macrumors 65816

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    Probably not. Just get a phone with free long distance and whatever carrier has the best coverage in your area. I have T-mobile because they are GSM and cheaper than Cingular but I hear Verizon has better coverage in my area. I just don't want to pay for it...

    You could get away with just using calling cards as there are many payphones available at school or you could get a cordless for the dorm (make sure it isn't the same frequency as your wireless router if you have one or are allowed to use them). Also, I have know people that use video or audio chat clients to call home for free and just have a phone in their dorm for local...
     
  23. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Light beer = soft. Drink beer with all the alcohol still in it. Light beer is an abomination against the lord god Drinkitdown. If it ain't full-strength beer, it should not pass your lips.

    Unless Natural Light is not beer, in which case my above statement stands but it's now just sitting out there on it's Pat Malone.
     
  24. h0e0h macrumors 6502a

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    I think natty light is like 6% ABV, being the strongest light beer around... besides, you still gotta be concious to finish labs and study...

    **edit, scratch that, its natural ice that i was thinking of, and that's what i intended it to be in my original post, don't know where the light came from...
     
  25. ddrueckhammer macrumors 65816

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    Kids in the US drink it because its cheap...(I used to get Bud Ice because it was the cheapest thing you could get in a Keg). I have grown to love beers like Guiness and Newcastle but they are too expensive for many young university students. I just don't drink that much anymore so I can afford the finer products! Another good one is Zeigenbock which is only distributed in Texas. Ales and Stouts just aren't that popular for some odd reason....

    Haha! The condoms one is a good one...
     

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