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    Default Re: One last question... little rectangular savey thing?

    I would not use either of those things (memory stick or memory card) to backup your thesis without having another backup on a CD or DVD. They can and do fail or get corrupted or "accidentally" delete files through user error.

    mejobloggs' suggestion of emailing your data to a Gmail account is a very good one and you could have a combination of those three things: emailing to a Gmail account, backing up to a CD or DVD and using a memory stick. That would then cover all your bases.

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    Default Re: Girl without a clue needs help

    And of course, keep backups separate from the computer. If a computer is stolen, often any disks or attractive toys like USB disks are likely to go too.

    As the thesis nears completion, don't rely on spelling checkers. Get a human to proofread it. They don't have to understand the subject (in some ways its better if they don't); they are just looking for spelling (and possibly grammatical) errors. You can't proofread your own work.

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    Default Re: Girl without a clue needs help

    As for compatibility with memory cards yes both of the laptops have built-in card readers. However it depends on which memory card(s) you plan on using as there are a lot of different types of cards around and not every reader supports every format.

    If it's mainstream then yes very likely it will be supported.

    I would probably still recommend using something like a USB flash drive as it'll plug into any computer. (By the way Macs have never had built-in card readers so you may have to double check what the professor was using (perhaps an external card reader?)).

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    Default Re: Girl without a clue needs help

    Quote Originally Posted by blue girl
    And suggestions of the Acer Aspire 3623WXCi from Dick Smiths or the Lenovo (aka IBM) Thinkpad from the Warehouse.

    my flatmate just got a Acer from DSE for $999 + about $50 for more RAM.
    not too heavy.

    BTW look for the laptops with a dulled screen surface and not the shiny ones.
    the shiny one have brighter colours and a better black but they also pick up lots of glare.

    most computers come with MS works which had Word in it.
    "Sometimes the only thing more dangerous than a question is an answer!"
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    Default Re: Girl without a clue needs help

    i think that DELL do a good deal on laptops for students, they are sturdy and they usually get shiped within 10 days. should be under 1 grand aswell
    ant by the way if you have microsoft word it can open ANY! previous documents

    spoonz

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    Default Re: Girl without a clue needs help

    Quote Originally Posted by robsonde
    BTW look for the laptops with a dulled screen surface and not the shiny ones.
    the shiny one have brighter colours and a better black but they also pick up lots of glare.

    most computers come with MS works which had Word in it.
    The "shiny screens" outperform the "dull ones" so much even though there is more reflection, so I have to disagree there

    And bugger all PC's come with Word on them. While many may have Works, its usually not "Works Suite" that contains Word, just plain old Works which does not contain Word.

    My advice re a laptop is buy on weight (or lack of it) and price (or lack of it), anything that is light enough and cheap enough will be just fine. For the purpose needed any new laptop will be just fine in performance.

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    Default Re: Girl without a clue needs help

    It seems to be forgotten,that she wants a rectangular thingy.Do all laptops have them?

    little rectangular object thing that she uses to save to, and then put into another

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    Default Re: Girl without a clue needs help

    Quote Originally Posted by Cicero
    It seems to be forgotten,that she wants a rectangular thingy.Do all laptops have them?

    little rectangular object thing that she uses to save to, and then put into another
    A USB memory stick/memory key/thumb drive/ micro drive/ many other names for the same thing...

    All modern laptops will accept them. They are cheap, from about $30 upwards depending on the capacity. I have about 3 or 4 here, as some are given away now by companies as Xmas or promotional presents...
    http://www.dse.co.nz/cgi-bin/dse.sto...product/XH8250

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    Default Re: Girl without a clue needs help

    Another way of backing up your thesis would be to send a copy to your personal e-mail account that the university gives you Now THAT should be safe. (In addiition of course to the little rectangular thingy (aka USB drive), CD/DVD, computer's hard disk, Gmail account and your digital camera's memory stick )

    As for laptop; anything that is 14.1" (= lighter than 15.4" which will get heavy) and within your budget.

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    Default Re: Girl without a clue needs help

    The other issue is that the lower end pricing have a lower (but still more than adequate) speed processor (CPU), which does not fry your lap with heat, as they run much cooler. A 1.5 or 1.6 GHz CPU will be plenty, but should be relatively cool

    My 1.6 GHz Toshiba 14.1", 2.3 kGs laptop barely runs warm.

    Above advice re backups is also sound, but remember unless the data is backed up at least with 2 separate copies away from the PC, and you have checked that you can read the backups, it's not really backed up.

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