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Recommendation on computer purchase for JSchool students

by Robert Stewart, Director

I get a lot of questions about what computer and software to bring to school. I’m going to use this blog post to make the official “Prof. Stewart” recommendation, but that should not be confused with an official policy from the JSchool.

The first point I’d make is that you don’t have to have your own computer when you first come to campus. But is it convenient to have your own? Certainly. And will you be more efficient in getting work done? Probably.

Now for my recommendation. I’ll confess that I’ve used PCs since PCs took over the world of the CPM computer, long before the incoming freshman class was born. But these days I use Macs 99% of the time. Most of our labs are populated with iMacs, and most journalism students with laptops favor MacBook Pros.

It turns out that Macs are quite clever when it comes to producing multimedia content. All of the videos you see on the schools Web site were produced with iMovie or Final Cut Express on my MacBook Pro or my iMac.

And since I know some of you will ask, my MacBook Pro came with the largest size hard drive available and the most memory I can jam into it. I also have a couple of external Lacie hard drives that I use for storage, so that I can keep the laptops hard drive available for the project of the moment.

As for software recommendation, there are discounts available to students once you get here.

Just remember, you don’t need to bring a computer with you. But hey, if someone insists on buying you a computer, now you know what I recommend. I hope this helps.

To read about computers available through Ohio University, visit the Tech Depot.

posted in: computer recommendation
May 19, 2008

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