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Getting a macbook tomorrow for Rice. Anything I need to know as an engineering major?

JDong217JDong217 Registered User Posts: 429 Member
edited July 2010 in Rice University
Well, the topic title pretty much says it all but I would appreciate any advice on what I need. What programs do I need to purchase? Is a macbook going to be okay for an engineering major at Rice?

Thanks
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Replies to: Getting a macbook tomorrow for Rice. Anything I need to know as an engineering major?

  • computergeek173computergeek173 Registered User Posts: 457 Member
    I'm just going to be obnoxious and say I dislike Apple. But I honestly have no idea of what you'll need, I'm afraid :(

    I'm sure it'll be fine for the major, though.
  • NYSkins1NYSkins1 Registered User Posts: 799 Member
    Oh no, computergeek dislikes Apple! You should listen to him; he's a computer geek.

    Yeah, you should be fine with a Mac.
  • computergeek173computergeek173 Registered User Posts: 457 Member
    ^Oh, thanks NYSkins :P
  • Dorian_ModeDorian_Mode Registered User Posts: 1,444 Senior Member
    Start looking around for a good price on MATLAB.
  • rymdrymd - Posts: 1,055 Senior Member
    you're buying a macbook and you still wanna PURCHASE programs you don't need to buy?

    man i wish i was rich as you
  • Dorian_ModeDorian_Mode Registered User Posts: 1,444 Senior Member
    Very helpful, rymd. We're all glad you could offer that bit of insight.
  • AntariusAntarius Registered User Posts: 4,614 Senior Member
    MATLAB (student edition) is $99. Definitely get it

    other than that, get Office : mac 2008 at the minimum (compatible with the Labs and their office)

    that should be adequate
  • NYSkins1NYSkins1 Registered User Posts: 799 Member
    @rymd: I'm not an engineer, but I had a MacBook for the four years I was at Rice. For me, it was very much a worthwhile investment. Because of AppleCare, I did not pay a single cent for repairs while I was at Rice, and thanks to the Apple Store if something did go wrong my computer was never out of commission for more than three or four days. My friend's Dell hard drive crashed, and he had to ship it off for like two weeks. Two weeks in academic time is huge.

    I know that anecdotal evidence alone is not good enough to counter your argument (or quip — whatever you consider it), but I'm saying that sometimes it's worth spending a bit of a premium.

    Also, no matter whether you're going Mac, PC, or Linux, if you're going to spend a lot of money on one thing for college (besides tuition and room & board), make it your computer. You'll need it to hold up to daily use (I have no idea how much uptime I logged on mine, but if I was awake and not in class there was a good chance that my laptop was open), and you'll need it to last you four years.
  • AntariusAntarius Registered User Posts: 4,614 Senior Member
    and you'll need it to last you four years.

    I mean, back when we started, laptops were significantly more expensive and , I guess, valued.

    I wouldnt plan on a laptop for 4 years. While I also have a macbook that has lasted 4 years (as well as 2 PC's), a couple of friends got cheaper machines and replaced them their junior year. The result was a significantly better machine with much better battery life for the last 2 years.

    Either way, the decision is yours. I personally am for cheaper machines that can be upgraded.
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