Worst way to spend the economic stimulus check

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by anubis26, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. anubis26 macrumors member

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    Let's see:
    - I can't wait to buy my first mac (15" mbp)
    - $1500 is coming in the mail from Uncle Sam
    - The back-to-school deal is supposed to be great
    - I can get the education discount

    Everything's perfect, eh?

    If only...

    I just found out that my school is making everybody buy a laptop, except it has to be a windows tablet. Bleh! Even worse, their specs essentially demand spending $1600+ on a computer that has less power than an entry level macbook. I've already tried to talk to them about slapping a touchscreen on a mac but no, THE SCREEN HAS TO ROTATE. Gaaah! Does anyone have any ideas on how to get out of this? I'm going to try to make enough dough over the summer to get the mac aswell, but still. Help!

    BTW: I'm definitely NOT getting the modbook, as I dont want to spend thousands on something that might ship within twelve months.
     
  2. esaleris macrumors 6502

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    Just curious, what kind of program are you in? I've never heard of one that requires you to outlay $1600 out-of-pocket as a requirement... That additional context might also help the responses here.

    Whatever the case, it sounds pretty sucky. I'm not entirely sure how they can commandeer everybody's individual financial decisions, though..?
     
  3. queshy macrumors 68040

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    lol, sorry, that sucks. you just gotta live with it if they absolutely require it. try to convince them that your mac will be good enough...
     
  4. anubis26 thread starter macrumors member

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    It's a place called IMSA; a state funded math/science school. They're getting away with it because its about the only money (laptop) you have to spend to go there. Ironically, the student who is essentially in charge of the tech stuff there is an avid mac user, but the school's CIO decided that tablets were the new thing and there you have it.

    The first thing I'll do is set up a linux dual boot, so it won't be that bad... except they're forcing us to use One Note so I unfortunately have to keep windows on there.

    At least they upgrade the tablets to XP from Vista for free :/
     
  5. alexlovesmacs macrumors 6502a

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    just buy a used tablet at ebay then buy a new or refurb macbook or macbook pro
     
  6. Goldenbear macrumors regular

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  7. queshy macrumors 68040

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    lol @ "upgrade".

    What's so good about One Note? No Mac alternative?
     
  8. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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  9. Agurri macrumors 6502

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    Well... one of my friends does have a toshiba tablet PC... with Vista/*ahem*Mac OS X*ahem* in dual boot... the tablet works pretty well on the mac side too...........
     
  10. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Don't go to Oceania. Find somewhere that lets you be who you are.
     
  11. benfilan macrumors 6502

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    I was just wondering, do you know how he got OSX onto the tablet? My dad just inherited a messed up tablet and I'd love to put leopard onto it. I'm not sure about where to start though.
     
  12. anubis26 thread starter macrumors member

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    I thought about that, but apparently they want the tablets to have a 4 year protection plan for them (it comes with it when you buy it through the school/cdw).
    Even if I *cough*wanted to*cough* do so, I doubt my non-existant mac skills could pull that off.
    That would be great if Eastasia or Eurasia actually existed...*
    From what I know I think that One Note integrates well(?) with other computers running One Note. I guess?
     
  13. Sijmen macrumors 6502a

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    I'd just buy the MacBook, a Wacom Bamboo tablet, and give the school the finger.

    edit: yes you should buy the tablet though.
     
  14. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Buy the Tablet PC. I'm sure that they have a good reason to require it.
     
  15. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Two people at my company has touchscreen tablet with rotating screen. They show that the screen can rotate. But the thing is, it's actually faster to rotate the whole laptop or have the person sit next to you. In daily use, they NEVER use the "features" they paid extra for, except to show someone new that the laptop has the "features".

    Just the standard windows user, people with low technical understanding's rational that incorrectly thinks more features is better,
    when in actuality, features that work, and features you would actually use (like to use) would actually be a better gauge of better product.
     
  16. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    They're working for a business, not attending a math/science school. In math/science, tablet PCs are essential because it's faster to write out equations and sketch graphs by hand than it is to type them on a keyboard.
     
  17. Consultant macrumors G5

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    We write plenty of equations. We use a software that makes input easy.

    But you raised a valid point, certain apps are windows only, but you can of course run it in VMWare or bootcamp. I wonder how the touchscreen MacBook works in windows...
     
  18. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Modbook is now shipping...

    I assume LaTeX is this mystery piece of software ;)
     
  19. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    As opposed to spending $2-3 on a pen and a pad of paper, maybe $80 on a good calculator. Of course I only went through calculus, and I could see some problems and equations taking many pages and edits (screw ups) to complete in the higher echelons of mathematics. I just do not see the rational in requiring a Tablet computer when for the several hundred years students managed without, rather it should be strongly suggested with a thorough explanation.

    But to the OP your only real choices is to accept this rule or change schools. Frankly I would just just file a formal protest and buy the Tablet computer if absolutely needed.

    They could have said stone tablets, chisel, hammer and abacus only:eek:.
     
  20. anubis26 thread starter macrumors member

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    I think there's not much hope in changing the rule, as about 400 students have already bought them... and I'm definitely not going back to my old school (went through 4 math teachers in one semester, 2 of which didn't know even basic algebra). So I think getting both a mac and a tablet is the best option, considering that I could sell the touch that (will hopefully) come with the mac, knocking an extra $300 off the price.

    btw I totally agree that tablets are just very expensive toys for windows users.
     
  21. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    Just go for ModBook, it looks really good, and ofcourse is an Apple tablet :p
     
  22. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    For me this is straight forward: if you want to attend the school then you have to follow their 'rules' and that means you need a tablet PC running Windows / One Note. If you want to spend the cheque on a Mac then you'll need to find a different school.
     
  23. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Tell them to shove it. Surely if you couldn't afford the money then what would you do? They can't force you to buy one if you have no money?

    Just get the modbook, its shipping IIRC.
     
  24. agore macrumors member

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    Will they let you run the infidel world as a virtual image on a Mac instead? I run two of the heaviest Windows apps, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2005, on my MBP in one VMWare image.
     
  25. anubis26 thread starter macrumors member

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    But the screen has to be rotateable!
    I think they look at your income and rent you one if you can't pay up.
     

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