[Faccus] recommendations on student PC purchases

Mary Burden mary at fes.uwaterloo.ca
Tue Sep 26 16:13:05 EDT 2006

Hi Paul,

We do have a page that recommends configurations but I see that it has 
not been updated in over one year: 

I think it's tough to keep these pages current with the ever changing 
technology.   When students call in to our Helpdesk we tell them that 
most laptops they can  purchase through FutureShop and the like are 
going to be sufficient for what they need in ES. We also tell them to 
put in as much RAM as they can afford.


snyder wrote:
> Hi everyone, Glenn pointed out that we having a couple of missing ist web
> pages that provided information to students on computer purchases. The files
> are:
> http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/ew/student/minimum.htm 
> and 
> http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/ew/student/owning.htm
> Links to these pages are contained in pages maintained by Arts and Math:
> http://aco.uwaterloo.ca/computing_at_home_faq.html
> http://www.math.uwaterloo.ca/mfcf/undergrad/index.shtml
> I went looking for pages containing recommendations on student purchases and
> was not able to find any other faculty pages. I only found a reference in
> the mypc web site (http://mypc.uwaterloo.ca/) to our ist Windows site
> http://windows.uwaterloo.ca/Hardware/PCconfig.asp
> which is primarily focused on purchases by the academic-support areas.
> My questions:
> 1. is there a need for a page(s) providing information for students on
>    computer purchases? Western has quite a good page
>       http://www.uwo.ca/its/laptop/recommend.html
>    But maintaining this type of information is very difficult.
> 2. is this something that should only be provided at the faculty level?
> 3. should we remove all recommendations for purchase and leave it to the
>    Futureshop sales clerk?
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Mary Burden
Mapping, Analysis & Design
Faculty of Environmental Studies, ES2-163A
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Tel: 519-888-4567 ext. 35805
Fax: 519-888-4325

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