June 29th, 2005


computer question

I'm going to be a new grad student in September and I'm buying a new laptop to bring to Seattle with me. I've recently developed a crush on an iBook, but I'm worried that there might be compatability issues. Everyone I've talked to has been head over heels for their Mac, and I really do think I want to buy one, but it feels weird to bring one to Microsoft's hometown. Can anyone offer advice/personal experience/complaints about computing at UW? Info on site licenses, etc. would be nice- I checked the UW computing page but I'd like to see how some actual students feel about it. I'll be a neurobiology student if that makes any difference (e.g. I need to run Matlab and some other stuff, but I also can use lab computers for big number-crunching jobs).

Edit: I don't think I can afford a Powerbook right now; also, I know Dells are cheaper but I've had a Dell desktop for four years and I hate it. It's a clunker, and it crashes constantly.


If anyone wants to exchange lab times for Bio 200, Autumn Quarter 2005, I will generously compensate you in the form of a nice check!
The lab I currently have is Tuesdays, 9:00-11:50 Section AA. I need an afternoon lab to be able to start taking classes for my minor, which take place during this time slot. The sections that I could switch with are: AB, AC, AF, AG, AJ, and AK. Pretty much the afternoon lab times.
Let me know if you want to switch!