Seriously considering an Apple notebook for graduate school, why shouldn't I?

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  1. CompiledMonkey

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    Title says it all.

    I'd use Parallels or Boot Camp to run whatever I might need that's Windows based.
     
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    SW20 Nick my avatar is cuter than urz

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    i used my powerbook for undergrad. 2 years later and i never had to do a system recovery, major system repair or suffer form major data loss/crashes. Most i ever did was upgrade to tiger.


    mac powerbook/macbook FTMFW
     
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    Being a .NET developer doesn't help all that much in making that plunge. I'll need Windows so I can run Visual Studio 2005, SQL client, and modeling tools like Rational Rose. I'd probably just use both Boot Camp and Parallels because if I need Windows, I'd rather run it natively and get all of the powah! :big grin:
     
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    well, if you do a lot of .NET then perhaps an Apple isn't your best choice. I'd say IBM or Asus.

    However, if you like OSX, go for it. I just wouldn't buy an Apple to run bootcamp even close to most of the time.
     
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    I agree there. I have my work laptop that I do everything with right now. My personal laptop would be devoted to everything else, which is basic Internet stuff and school. I do some programming outside of work but not much anymore.

    Considering graduate school won't have any* programming I'll only be using VS 2005 and the SQL client a very little bit. I imagine Rational will be a heavy requirement for a class or two but the major majority of my usage will be Firefox, IM, email (gmail anyway), financial stuff, blogging (wordpress), iTunes/iPod, and flickr. I'm mostly away from the desktop already.

    * I say any and by that I mean no programming specific classes. Much more theory and high level than undergraduate.
     
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    Which discipline are you studying, may I ask?
     
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    Information Systems.
     
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    where at?

    edit: if you do it at Indiana University, the professors will love you but you'll be on the receiving end of many jokes from the undergraduate

    and for what it's worth, I only needed to use Microsoft Project and Visio (in addition to Office) in my graduate work in IS. For java, we used eclipse
     
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    Just bought it online.

    I'll be at VCU again. :wiggle:
     
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    Sure, go for it. I've used a 17" powerbook the last 3 years I've been in grad school. Never had to touch Windows.
     
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    Your courses sounded similar to mine (software engineering), minus a dearth of design and requirements courses. Hence my question.
     
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    Good choice. I bought one last week. My extra gig of memory gets here tomorrow!
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I think about half the grad students I know in CS have powerbooks. They all love them.
     
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    All the best haxors I know have powerbooks/macbooks.
     
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    They look cool. Personally, I'd get a windows laptop.
     
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    Cuz mac has a ton of easily availble software for networking and cracking ;)
     
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    Nah. They want a stable and portable Unix workstation with a good GUI.
     
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    But I got both for the price of one. :)
     

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