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    BACKGROUND: I am going to uni in about 8 months and I'm already thinking about what technological gadgets I will need for my Computer Science course.

    Ideally, I wanted a dual screen set-up, but I've realised that this is not feasible as unfortunately I only have about £150 of savings in my junior ISA account and I won't even be able to afford to buy a new high spec laptop.

    I used the student finance calculator, which stated that I am entitled to the full loan amount, yet I have already done calculations relating to how much I would have left after accommodation costs, and I'll only be left with roughly £300 to survive on for 3 months :/ I do have a laptop but I've had it for about 4 years and I do not think it would be suitable for me to take to uni as it only has 4GB of RAM, and 1000GB HDD.

    I can't even save up more money, I spend about £100 a week getting to sixth form (an hour & 30 minutes) a day to get there, which includes 2 trains & a bus. I can't get a part-time job as I do not have time for one, I don't get home from school until 6 and weekends I'm doing coursework/revision.

    SO I am thinking of getting an iPad Pro on contract, I have heard this is good for note taking, and I will only be paying £35 a month for it. The only thing is would an iPad be sufficient for a Computer Science course..

    TLDR; I'M ******* POOR ATM, WOULD AN IPAD PRO BE SUFFICIENT FOR A COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSE UNTIL I CAN AFFORD A LAPTOP.
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    (Original post by squirrology)
    BACKGROUND: I am going to uni in about 8 months and I'm already thinking about what technological gadgets I will need for my Computer Science course.

    Ideally, I wanted a dual screen set-up, but I've realised that this is not feasible as unfortunately I only have about £150 of savings in my junior ISA account and I won't even be able to afford to buy a new high spec laptop.

    I used the student finance calculator, which stated that I am entitled to the full loan amount, yet I have already done calculations relating to how much I would have left after accommodation costs, and I'll only be left with roughly £300 to survive on for 3 months :/ I do have a laptop but I've had it for about 4 years and I do not think it would be suitable for me to take to uni as it only has 4GB of RAM, and 1000GB HDD.

    I can't even save up more money, I spend about £100 a week getting to sixth form (an hour & 30 minutes) a day to get there, which includes 2 trains & a bus. I can't get a part-time job as I do not have time for one, I don't get home from school until 6 and weekends I'm doing coursework/revision.

    SO I am thinking of getting an iPad Pro on contract, I have heard this is good for note taking, and I will only be paying £35 a month for it. The only thing is would an iPad be sufficient for a Computer Science course..

    TLDR; I'M ******* POOR ATM, WOULD AN IPAD PRO BE SUFFICIENT FOR A COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSE UNTIL I CAN AFFORD A LAPTOP.
    A pen and paper is good for note taking and costs a chunk less than an iPad. Then use an app like google Photo scan or Microsoft Onenote to digitise them.

    You need a laptop running Windows at a minimum, and the one you have will do just fine. You're typing up assignments and writing code, it's not trying to run a HTC Vive. It doesn't need a high end CPU or gigs of ram, if you typed up this question on it then it meets the requirements for doing a computer science course.

    You only have £100 a month left from your loan, £35 of that for a tablet you don't need and will prove very little use for computer science is insane!

    If you want something as a second screen alongside your laptop get a cheap Android or Windows tablet.

    http://www.argos.co.uk/product/50588...referrer=COJUN
    http://www.ebuyer.com/762783-connect...ablet-nxr08001
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    (Original post by squirrology)
    BACKGROUND: I am going to uni in about 8 months and I'm already thinking about what technological gadgets I will need for my Computer Science course.

    Ideally, I wanted a dual screen set-up, but I've realised that this is not feasible as unfortunately I only have about £150 of savings in my junior ISA account and I won't even be able to afford to buy a new high spec laptop.

    I used the student finance calculator, which stated that I am entitled to the full loan amount, yet I have already done calculations relating to how much I would have left after accommodation costs, and I'll only be left with roughly £300 to survive on for 3 months :/ I do have a laptop but I've had it for about 4 years and I do not think it would be suitable for me to take to uni as it only has 4GB of RAM, and 1000GB HDD.

    I can't even save up more money, I spend about £100 a week getting to sixth form (an hour & 30 minutes) a day to get there, which includes 2 trains & a bus. I can't get a part-time job as I do not have time for one, I don't get home from school until 6 and weekends I'm doing coursework/revision.

    SO I am thinking of getting an iPad Pro on contract, I have heard this is good for note taking, and I will only be paying £35 a month for it. The only thing is would an iPad be sufficient for a Computer Science course..

    TLDR; I'M ******* POOR ATM, WOULD AN IPAD PRO BE SUFFICIENT FOR A COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSE UNTIL I CAN AFFORD A LAPTOP.
    U firming Kent??? I've got an interview + applicant day in a couple of weeks. why do they do interviews? can u give me some tips on how to ace it plssss
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    (Original post by BigMan Ting)
    U firming Kent??? I've got an interview + applicant day in a couple of weeks. why do they do interviews? can u give me some tips on how to ace it plssss
    Yeah I've already firmed it, is Kent your first choice uni? They pretty much do interviews because Kent is a popular insurance choice and they are trying to persuade you into choosing them as your first choice, pretty much everyone who attends the interview gets an offer.

    The ONLY 2 questions they asked me was "Why Kent" and "Why Computer Science" and the interview was done. I would say to just be yourself and maybe look on the module list on the Kent website and see what interests you then mention it during the interview, as I mentioned about OOP and how I enjoy it/my mini projects and that's why I applied for Computer Sci at Kent as it was on the module list etc............. You maybe asked a "test" question, I was asked "What is a Class & an Object", I was asked this as I mentioned my interest of OOP so he was probably testing me to see if I was actually lying or not, however, another guy who was interviewed by a different Comp Sci lecturer was asked a mathematical equation, overall the interview was calm & only lasted 10 minutes max, and received my offer 5 days after. Hoped this somewhat helped and Good Luck!
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    (Original post by BigYoSpeck)
    A pen and paper is good for note taking and costs a chunk less than an iPad. Then use an app like google Photo scan or Microsoft Onenote to digitise them.

    You need a laptop running Windows at a minimum, and the one you have will do just fine. You're typing up assignments and writing code, it's not trying to run a HTC Vive. It doesn't need a high end CPU or gigs of ram, if you typed up this question on it then it meets the requirements for doing a computer science course.

    You only have £100 a month left from your loan, £35 of that for a tablet you don't need and will prove very little use for computer science is insane!

    If you want something as a second screen alongside your laptop get a cheap Android or Windows tablet.

    http://www.argos.co.uk/product/50588...referrer=COJUN
    http://www.ebuyer.com/762783-connect...ablet-nxr08001
    Extremely true! I think I will just keep my current Laptop then and purchase a cheap Android tablet. Thank you for the response!
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    (Original post by squirrology)
    BACKGROUND: I am going to uni in about 8 months and I'm already thinking about what technological gadgets I will need for my Computer Science course.

    Ideally, I wanted a dual screen set-up, but I've realised that this is not feasible as unfortunately I only have about £150 of savings in my junior ISA account and I won't even be able to afford to buy a new high spec laptop.

    I used the student finance calculator, which stated that I am entitled to the full loan amount, yet I have already done calculations relating to how much I would have left after accommodation costs, and I'll only be left with roughly £300 to survive on for 3 months :/ I do have a laptop but I've had it for about 4 years and I do not think it would be suitable for me to take to uni as it only has 4GB of RAM, and 1000GB HDD.

    I can't even save up more money, I spend about £100 a week getting to sixth form (an hour & 30 minutes) a day to get there, which includes 2 trains & a bus. I can't get a part-time job as I do not have time for one, I don't get home from school until 6 and weekends I'm doing coursework/revision.

    SO I am thinking of getting an iPad Pro on contract, I have heard this is good for note taking, and I will only be paying £35 a month for it. The only thing is would an iPad be sufficient for a Computer Science course..

    TLDR; I'M ******* POOR ATM, WOULD AN IPAD PRO BE SUFFICIENT FOR A COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSE UNTIL I CAN AFFORD A LAPTOP.
    You can always borrow a laptop from your university library, or just use their computers.

    Another alternative is to buy a laptop and pay monthly (e.g. PCWorld, PCSpecialist).
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    An iPad wouldn't be sufficient at all, no major ide's support tablets.

    Also dual-screen laptop, literally no one I've seen on campus has one of those, the standard setup I see is a 15.6" laptop (perfect size for portable programming) that's powerful enough to AT THE VERY LEAST run Eclipse at a reasonable speed, anything else is irrelevant.

    Also a sidenote, pen and paper should be fine, I only just started using a laptop in second term, every room you go in will have several available pc's.

    Added: Also when you get your laptop, install Linux, whether you do it now or in second year, placement, after graduation, etc.

    You will have to do this at some point, its better to get used to it as early as possible, learning how to use this operating system WILL make you better at Computer Science, regardless of what other people say.
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    (Original post by loooopppyyy)
    An iPad wouldn't be sufficient at all, no major ide's support tablets.

    Also dual-screen laptop, literally no one I've seen on campus has one of those, the standard setup I see is a 15.6" laptop (perfect size for portable programming) that's powerful enough to AT THE VERY LEAST run Eclipse at a reasonable speed, anything else is irrelevant.

    Also a sidenote, pen and paper should be fine, I only just started using a laptop in second term, every room you go in will have several available pc's.

    Added: Also when you get your laptop, install Linux, whether you do it now or in second year, placement, after graduation, etc.

    You will have to do this at some point, its better to get used to it as early as possible, learning how to use this operating system WILL make you better at Computer Science, regardless of what other people say.
    Thank you!! Extremely helpful and I will definitely be downloading Linux before I start University this September
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    Dear sqirralology

    I am not sure where your level of study in this field stands again what I am studying.

    Unless you have passed the level of "Internet Service Management".
    I may not be able to add direction to your request.
    And since you have income issue to add, it will make it a little difficult.

    One of the modules I needed to complete, dealt with using the installation "Virtual Box (VB)".

    Here I was to install two OS Systems; Win7 and Win8 Server.

    Here, you will need between 8-16GB RAM, to be able to connect the client to the server and run both within your 'VB'.

    Having a good amount hardrive GB, can be very helpful for working speedy, even in class where you may need to bring your device.

    Note taking, shouldn't be a problem, as the standard applications used to study will be Microsoft Office and your college/Uni may possibly issue you with a work/study outlook account, which you will have to maintain as if you are at work.

    Issues like; changing your passwords each term. Something which will be the norm at any organisation for their own security and integrity.

    I hope I have helped in some way for you, but I would hope that you already know this.

    I would say that to make a little savings.
    Close your subscription with your own personal Microsoft Office account in place for your studying one.
    Then, all you have to do is login as another account plus study account.

    Good Luck


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    (Original post by Jeffrey Valerie)
    Dear sqirralology

    I am not sure where your level of study in this field stands again what I am studying.

    Unless you have passed the level of "Internet Service Management".
    I may not be able to add direction to your request.
    And since you have income issue to add, it will make it a little difficult.

    One of the modules I needed to complete, dealt with using the installation "Virtual Box (VB)".

    Here I was to install two OS Systems; Win7 and Win8 Server.

    Here, you will need between 8-16GB RAM, to be able to connect the client to the server and run both within your 'VB'.

    Having a good amount hardrive GB, can be very helpful for working speedy, even in class where you may need to bring your device.

    Note taking, shouldn't be a problem, as the standard applications used to study will be Microsoft Office and your college/Uni may possibly issue you with a work/study outlook account, which you will have to maintain as if you are at work.

    Issues like; changing your passwords each term. Something which will be the norm at any organisation for their own security and integrity.

    I hope I have helped in some way for you, but I would hope that you already know this.

    I would say that to make a little savings.
    Close your subscription with your own personal Microsoft Office account in place for your studying one.
    Then, all you have to do is login as another account plus study account.

    Good Luck


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    This helped a lot, thank you for the response!
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    Just a laptop with Windows on.
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    (Original post by squirrology)
    BACKGROUND: I am going to uni in about 8 months and I'm already thinking about what technological gadgets I will need for my Computer Science course.

    Ideally, I wanted a dual screen set-up, but I've realised that this is not feasible as unfortunately I only have about £150 of savings in my junior ISA account and I won't even be able to afford to buy a new high spec laptop.

    I used the student finance calculator, which stated that I am entitled to the full loan amount, yet I have already done calculations relating to how much I would have left after accommodation costs, and I'll only be left with roughly £300 to survive on for 3 months :/ I do have a laptop but I've had it for about 4 years and I do not think it would be suitable for me to take to uni as it only has 4GB of RAM, and 1000GB HDD.

    I can't even save up more money, I spend about £100 a week getting to sixth form (an hour & 30 minutes) a day to get there, which includes 2 trains & a bus. I can't get a part-time job as I do not have time for one, I don't get home from school until 6 and weekends I'm doing coursework/revision.

    SO I am thinking of getting an iPad Pro on contract, I have heard this is good for note taking, and I will only be paying £35 a month for it. The only thing is would an iPad be sufficient for a Computer Science course..

    TLDR; I'M ******* POOR ATM, WOULD AN IPAD PRO BE SUFFICIENT FOR A COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSE UNTIL I CAN AFFORD A LAPTOP.
    Get a macbook on finance through apple!
    Ive got a macbook and i pay 53 quid a month for it, best decision ive ever made
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    (Original post by Shadrack97)
    Get a macbook on finance through apple!
    Ive got a macbook and i pay 53 quid a month for it, best decision ive ever made
    Telling a student to get finance on their first year is horrible advice!!

    You just need a cheap laptop that can run Eclipse (I'm assuming you will have some UML aspects to your course, Visual Paradigm/Eclipse integration is pretty common I think across Universities).

    But like I said, I'm not bashing Macs or Windows (well maybe a little), but learning and utilising Linux to its full potential is a method of study in itself, it will make you better at other things than if you stuck with Windows.
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    (Original post by loooopppyyy)
    Telling a student to get finance on their first year is horrible advice!!

    You just need a cheap laptop that can run Eclipse (I'm assuming you will have some UML aspects to your course, Visual Paradigm/Eclipse integration is pretty common I think across Universities).

    But like I said, I'm not bashing Macs or Windows (well maybe a little), but learning and utilising Linux to its full potential is a method of study in itself, it will make you better at other things than if you stuck with Windows.
    mate. 50 quid is nothing in a month. considering people spend more on alcohol, cigarettes etc

    If he cant handle finance fair enough, but ill be going to university in September and il know i can easily afford 50 quid in a month. Anyone who can handle their finance properly can do it, including a student.
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    My son will be doing CS this September and has an iMac which he dual boots plus a Macbook pro. Do you think that is sufficient to get him through the course or would a cheap Windows laptop be needed?
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    (Original post by nutz99)
    My son will be doing CS this September and has an iMac which he dual boots plus a Macbook pro. Do you think that is sufficient to get him through the course or would a cheap Windows laptop be needed?
    You won't need anything fancy for the course. Any decent laptop will do. Every universities have high spec computers in case CS (and others) students will need a more powerful machine for their project.
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    (Original post by squirrology)
    BACKGROUND: I am going to uni in about 8 months and I'm already thinking about what technological gadgets I will need for my Computer Science course.

    Ideally, I wanted a dual screen set-up, but I've realised that this is not feasible as unfortunately I only have about £150 of savings in my junior ISA account and I won't even be able to afford to buy a new high spec laptop.

    I used the student finance calculator, which stated that I am entitled to the full loan amount, yet I have already done calculations relating to how much I would have left after accommodation costs, and I'll only be left with roughly £300 to survive on for 3 months :/ I do have a laptop but I've had it for about 4 years and I do not think it would be suitable for me to take to uni as it only has 4GB of RAM, and 1000GB HDD.

    I can't even save up more money, I spend about £100 a week getting to sixth form (an hour & 30 minutes) a day to get there, which includes 2 trains & a bus. I can't get a part-time job as I do not have time for one, I don't get home from school until 6 and weekends I'm doing coursework/revision.

    SO I am thinking of getting an iPad Pro on contract, I have heard this is good for note taking, and I will only be paying £35 a month for it. The only thing is would an iPad be sufficient for a Computer Science course..

    TLDR; I'M ******* POOR ATM, WOULD AN IPAD PRO BE SUFFICIENT FOR A COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSE UNTIL I CAN AFFORD A LAPTOP.
    Mother of christ, two trains and a bus? What sort of 6th form would ever be worth that? So much for free education in your case... 100 pundz a week

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    You won't need anything fancy for the course. Any decent laptop will do. Every universities have high spec computers in case CS (and others) students will need a more powerful machine for their project.
    Exactly - hence why they have invested heavily on state-of-the-art equipment in the School. We are all being taught CS from scratch. Just like any other student for any other subject, a decent Windows laptop with at least 800GB and running about 1.9Ghz is enough.
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    In addition to pen and paper, your university/uni library/accommodation hall is likely to have a computer lab free to use. Check this for your university choices.
 
 
 
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