11 May 2009

More boring waiting

Even now that I'm finally admitted to school, I am still waiting. August can't come soon enough. I'm just trying to grit my teeth through May and June because I think there will be plenty to do throughout July to get ready/moved/relaxed. There are still some open-ended questions about how my housing situation will work out, thankfully it is a situation with a couple of workable options instead of one with no solution.

I'm also in the market for a laptop and I know just enough about computers to know that I don't really need a high-end machine but I don't want one that will be completely outdated for new software before I'm done with school. Financial aid includes a "computer allowance", but I'm not really planning to wait until the money from the guv'ment comes in to buy a new machine. I've never run any version of Vista, anybody got suggestions/short cuts/useful tips?

I'll try and think of something interesting to write about soon...

3 comments:

Ellie said...

I think we're kind of in a similar boat right now, I'm also waiting for school things to happen later in the summer, and am also on the market for a laptop. I'm a Dell fan myself, and have heard mixed reviews about vista. But Dell actually charges to downgrade to XP. You'll need lots of memory on the new lappy to run vista (3gigs probably to be comfortable) Let me know how that goes.

Walt Trachim said...

For what it's worth, Jen, Vista used to suck. It is not a particularly good operating system, but it's possible that Micro$oft fixed some of the problems in service pack releases. My son Jon, who has an HP laptop that ran Vista out of the box, went to the trouble to downgrade to XP first chance he had. Of course, he work-studies for the IT department at Keene State (where he is a student) so he had the means...

volunteerals said...

The best tip for running Vista I have seen is DON'T! Real med students have macs anyway . . .

Just get a macbook. Perfect for school, no need for anything more. The aluminum ones are pretty!