By now, having slogged through the swamp of techno-jargon, you should have a pretty good idea of what kind of laptop you want, and what sort of hardware specifications best suit you for your price range. So, whether you want an ultra-portable netbook to take along to seminars or a hefty, high-spec laptop for gaming, there just remains one last question: what operating system (OS) is best for you?
Exams are in the air, floating delicately in the spring breeze (well, drizzle). Like a dandelion they deposit spores of stress on any unwitting student in their wake, causing allergic reactions, late nights and frantic scrambling through doodles that sit where lecture notes should be. May is exam season, in fact I’m in one right now, you just can’t get away from them.
Last week we looked at the bewildering (and confusingly named) variety of laptops available to buy at the moment. Now, we enter into the even more bewildering world of hardware, the baffling jumbles of metal and wiring that somehow allow you to watch funny videos of cats falling over and fill out a hundred different BuzzFeed quizzes in a row. This week we will be answering questions such as ‘Do I need an SSD?’, ‘Is memory really RAM?’, and ‘Why do computers involve so many capital letters?’ to help you choose the laptop that’s right for you.
Student landlords are a mixed bunch. You do get some angels who genuinely want to make your renting experience as pleasant as they can. There are also some cartoon villains out there, who seem to delight in letting black mould spread and being impossible to reach. One thing that they all have in common is that landlords are business people, trying to make a profit on their investment.
A few years ago buying a laptop pretty much came down to one simple question: Mac or Windows? Several years, a bunch of confusing words (why do all laptops now seem to be some form of ‘book’?), and some new operating systems later and the era of annoying ‘Mac or PC’ adverts starts looking like a glorious, simpler time.
Perhaps I’m being a little optimistic here – this term has only just begun and for most the post-Easter period signals exams, essay deadlines, presentations, lab assessments, showcases, portfolios, performances and whatever else your department deems a suitable way to judge your abilities on a sliding scale. I’ve always preferred to look forward though, like the Mystic Meg of content writing, so here are 5 ways to celebrate the end of term.
The biggest culture shock I got when first leaving home as a bright eyed, optimistic fresher wasn’t having to do my own washing, nor the sudden emancipation from my parents, no. It was the price of ham. Luxuries like these don’t come cheap, and it’s no wonder so many students turn to things that can be put on toast – eating is an expensive habit.
And just like that, the spring term is coming to a close. How did it happen so quickly? My housemate still has Christmas shortbread in the cupboard and more than a trace of tinsel still remains in my living room, draped effortlessly around a pizza box in the fashion of a festive Turner Prize nominee.