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Old 07-30-2008, 11:07 AM   #21
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From what I remember of my UMCP days crime was definitely on the upswing, maybe Steven will correct me but when I started as a freshman in 1997 and graduated in 2003. Things were just getting worse and worse. Something to bear in mind.
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:22 AM   #22
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If you're set on getting a notebook a lock will be fine. Just be careful and keep it locked up.

Otherwise, they were/are cracking down on direct connect and other file sharing stuff. And they will send you letters of warning if you're trafficking a lot of bandwidth. I would be very, very careful. Most of the people they're going after are the SHARERS not the downloaders.. but obviously if you only download and don't share there's not going to be anything to download if everyone does the same. Torrents, for this reason, are very hard to track and are probably the safest. It's where you're getting stuff from file sharing clients like Kazaa/DC/etc. and stuff that you're most likely to get busted.

Otherwise, I honestly don't think you need a lot of processing power or anything. Just something half decent that won't break the bank.
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:11 PM   #23
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On a side note....do your school work....get out and join a fraternity....get a GF....you won't have time for Starcraft 2..3..4......
That's the best post of this thread.
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:34 PM   #24
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On a side note....do your school work....get out and join a fraternity....get a GF....you won't have time for Starcraft 2..3..4......
Ah yes, many things I didn't do in college.

Although I'm happy I did do gymnastics again. Amazingly fun which led me to various online fitness sites... so here I am.
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:04 PM   #25
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You seem to be drastically overestimating my desire to game. I'm not the kind of guy who would stay up to 2AM playing video games. Not anymore, anyways. I play about 3 hours a week... That's plenty for me.
I already plan on working as a personal trainer, and getting an internship within the physics department sometime during the 2nd semester. Then there's also Gymkana, CrossFit DC's weightlifting club, and if I can find the time (school work permitting) and place (distance, cost, and scheduling permitting), I'd like to pick up Krav Maga. Once I get there and get used to the classes, I'll work my schedule out.


Anyway, how does this one look?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834146452
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:43 PM   #26
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I would say get an XP one to be honest.

I don't particularly like Vista (steals sooo many sys resources) and has compatibility issues with certain programs. Depending on some stuff it runs slow as hell compared to XP.

Otherwise, it's a good choice. For some reason, you get "less" stuff (somewhat less RAM/HDD/etc.) with the XP systems.. I guess they figured they need to get rid of their Vistas for cheap since the OS is whacked out.
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:53 PM   #27
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I ordered the Lenovo IdeaPad earlier today. If it happens that I really hate Vista, the drivers for XP are all available on Lenovo's website. However, with twelve times the amount of RAM that I have on this old desktop, I think I'll still be pretty content, even if Vista is a resource whore.
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Keep me informed.
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:59 AM   #29
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Watch out for the cougar! The radio reported there have been many sightings on campus the last few days.
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Did you purchase off Newegg?

Thats one of my favorite places
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