my laptop, in hindsight - page 2
Before I started school I had questions about needing a laptop or a pda and what was important? So I got a laptop and I used it all year, everyday. I wanted a dell and I got all the goodies... Read More
May 1, '04Occupation: RN Specialty: PICU, Gen ICU ; Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 26; Likes: 2Quote from gaspassahdo NOT buy a gateway. :angryfire :angryfire
i kick myself everyday.
I can't repeat what my husband says about ours :imbar !
May 1, '04Occupation: perioperative nurse Joined: Jun '03; Posts: 308; Likes: 1That explains why the Gateway by me went out of business so soon. Although I've had a Dell desktop for almost 11 months and the hard drive just died
May 1, '04Occupation: RN. Neuro ICU Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 449; Likes: 3lol... speak and spell.... dang... lol... thats awsome.
May 2, '04Joined: May '02; Posts: 106Well coming from a long time windows user-
Get the PowerBook G4!!
a mac was not even in the picture, when I was looking for a new laptop last summer I wanted something:
2 long battery life
3 at least a CD-burner
4 not bulkly (I wanted it to be able to fit into my backback along w/ notebooks and a textbook or two)
so I could not find anything (ok @ the time all the PC world could offer was a Sharp, cant remember the name, but it was flimsie and cheap looking. everything I could find was 15-17in screen, bulkie, and heavy.
then I found the apple, the 12 in powerbook, its 4.7# can do 4 hrs on a battery. thin and light, sleek looking too, and it had a DVD burner.
Macs are easy to get the hang of, just a slight learning curve.
as for the PDA, I got a palm m500 16MB. and it does everything I need it to. got all the goodies on it Soto's, Taber's, clinical anesthesia, etc. (all at skyscape.com). you don't need a expensive palm, just something w/ 16MB+ of memory.
just my $0.02
May 5, '04Occupation: SRNA Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 92; Likes: 5Here - here!! One more vote for the Macs - Powerbook OR ibook! I use both platforms and have for a long time. I admit that WinXP is pretty stable on "Pee-Cees" now, but I still would cast my vote for a Powerbook/ibook. The old joke used to be "If you want to learn all about computer problems and how to fix 'conflicts' - get a PC. If you want to actually get some work done - get a Mac!" That's not exactly true anymore, but I think you would be pleasantly surprised at the utility, reliability, and overall "happy-to-be-driving-this-machine" factor you will discover with a Mac.
Just my $.0145 (adjusted for inflation as % rates begin to rise....)
PS - I encourage you to grab an extended warranty "AppleCare" for peace of mind and long-term use. Also, Mac users, on average, tend to be very helpful & friendly folks like at this site --> http://dealmac.com/
Jul 1, '04Joined: May '04; Posts: 80Have to put in my thought as a person who had an Apple in the 80s but knows nothing now. I like my Sony Viao PCG TR1A. It's kinda slow, but very small 10.5" screen, VERY portable (size of a book) but also small screen size means have to have good eyes.
Jul 1, '04Joined: Jun '04; Posts: 110; Likes: 2Why would aneed a laptop? Do you really need to carry one around, and for what purpose? I have a Dell Inspiron and was going to get a desktop for the bigger screen and easier to use keyboard. What is the best PDA for SRNA purposes? I have a Palm and really do not like it. What about the Dell PDA, or Sony Clie?
Jul 1, '04Occupation: AA Specialty: 32 year(s) of experience ; From: US ; Joined: May '04; Posts: 1,134; Likes: 106Quote from JJRNThe Dell is a PocketPC OS instead of PalmOS. Sony has discontinued or is getting ready to stop making Clie', if I remember right.Why would aneed a laptop? Do you really need to carry one around, and for what purpose? I have a Dell Inspiron and was going to get a desktop for the bigger screen and easier to use keyboard. What is the best PDA for SRNA purposes? I have a Palm and really do not like it. What about the Dell PDA, or Sony Clie?
Jul 1, '04Occupation: ER / Educator Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Instructor/ER/Sports Med ; Joined: Jul '04; Posts: 230; Likes: 54Mac dumb here, I have a H/P laptop, bought my college bound son an Apple notebook>>>>>>>>>>>>WOW, what a difference. He loves it, NEVER freezes, crashes or loses data. I am jealous! Go Mac and U will Never go back...He says!! Lots of docs in my hospital use Macs. Maybe I'll get one someday!
Jul 1, '04Occupation: nurse practitioner-Adult Health Specialty: 24 year(s) of experience ; Joined: Jan '02; Posts: 199; Likes: 16Quote from alansmith52I'm using a Dell Axiom PDA and love it- it's a wireless system that hooks to the net as well as housing all my current medical programs.Before I started school I had questions about needing a laptop or a pda and what was important?
So I got a laptop and I used it all year, everyday. I wanted a dell and I got all the goodies stuff. its the inspiron 8500, theres an 8600 now I think.
anyway. today I was thinking. Its huge, too big and bulky really.
In hindsight I would have gotten somthing smaller.
havn't gotten the pda yet but will soon to help keep stats in clinical.
Jul 1, '04Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 56i love my hp pavilion zt 3000. i custom built it on their site. excellent.
the tech support is great too.
Jul 1, '04Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 56Quote from JJRNWhy would a SRNA need a laptop? Do you really need to carry one around, and for what purpose? I have a Dell Inspiron and was going to get a desktop for the bigger screen and easier to use keyboard.
my program requires you purchase a laptop. the website posts pp slides and web enhanced reading. i love having it for the pure convience of being able to study, work on projects etc where ever i want.
i am not limited to my house - or the computer labs on campus. my study group is much more versatile because we all have our our computer.
Jul 1, '04Occupation: CRNA Joined: Jan '03; Posts: 536; Likes: 32I have been a Mac user since they first came on the market. Right now, I have a 12" PowerBook that is the most wonderful computer I ever had. It is lightweight, long battery life, C-D burner, etc. As much as I don't like to give any money to Microsoft, I did buy MS Office for Word, Excel, Power Point and Entourage. Filemaker Pro for my anesthesia database and Quick Books as an accounting program.
It is lightweight and portable enough that i take it to work with me everyday, take it on trips, watch DVDs on airplanes, do my yoga with my instructor's DVD, transfer music and audiobooks to my I-Pod and above all--it is easy to use and NO VIRUSES.