Friday, May 27, 2011

Office computer

One of the perks of my new job is that the university will buy me a new computer for my office.  I can't take it with me when I go, but I get to choose which computer to install, out of the choices the IT department offers.  I'm a Mac user, so there's one question asked and answered.  The question of more importance to me is whether I should opt for a desktop or a big notebook computer.  (Those are the only two choices.)  I'm leaning toward the desktop, because the hard drive is humongous (and therefore convenient if I have to transfer some large files around) and the screen is much bigger and easier to read.  For my own purposes, that's not a huge deal, but I figure that large screens make for easier student consultations, when they want to know about their grades and so forth.  My own notebook computer is smaller than anything the IT department would install, so that will probably still be what I would carry around campus with me for presentations.

Is there anything else I should be thinking about?  Have I missed some crucial aspect of the relationship between professor and office computer?


  1. I'm going to be facing the same decision as well, and I'm pretty positive I'm going to get a sweet desktop Mac for the office, keep my MacBook at home, and mostly use DropBox/iPad for file moving, traveling, etc.

    These are the fun decisions!

  2. My campus doesn't support Macs as well as PCs, but the Mac users still love their macs.

    I like having a big screen desk top at work. It's easier to just sit on it's little desk and not have to move here and there, and easy to read.


    ps. I almost lost my response because I keep forgetting that there's a multi step process to publishing comments. Argh!

  3. Since you already have the smaller Mac, get the big desktop so that students can see the screen. The big screen & big hard drive are good for a lot of things. (At first I wrote "god for a lot of things"--that, too.)

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  5. Yay for new computers!