10 techy ways to cut the costs of college

10 techy ways to cut the costs of college

Summary: Here are ten simple techy ways to help you save money whilst at college or university.

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • Pay-as-you-go computing may not have taken off, but it is still a viable consumer choice available to mobile users. 

    Whilst it may be difficult to rent a laptop for a year, it could be far cheaper overall to rent software provided by your academic department or school to use over the year, instead of buying it flat out.

    Also, remember your student discount. In some cases, you can slash the price of Windows and Office by over 50% and even more. If you have a student card or email address, this can be used to prove you are a student at an eligible institution and cut the price of expensive software and hardware.

    If you take advantage of free software, it doesn't usually take much work to convert it to a fully working product.

    To read more on this, head over to the iGeneration blog.

  • There are tons of reasons why netbooks are just as good, if not better than the conventional laptop, tablet or desktop computer. The batteries last ages, they are surprisingly tough, they do not lack functionality and in short, they are cheaper.

    Plus, if you decide on a netbook with no operating system installed - of course you could go with Windows, but why? If you try out a Linux variant, such as Ubuntu, this further lowers the cost, and you can still run Windows applications using programs like WINE.

    And if you don't have a massive hard drive or storage capacity on your netbook - as a lot of netbooks are slimmed down in size, have you considered cloud computing?

    To read more on this, head over to the iGeneration blog.

  • Cloud storage outsources the storage that you have locally on your hard drive and uploads it to the Internet - so not only can you download it whenever you want and synchronise your work back and forth, but also access it from anywhere.

    With many services, you can have gigabytes of data at your disposal for free. The services which are open on a number of platforms, from Windows to Mac and Linux, but also smartphones are best, and those which synchronise your work back and forth from the cloud.

    Personally, I would try Dropbox, but be aware of the restrictions and intrusions by US law.

    To read more on this, head over to the iGeneration blog.

Topic: Hardware

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