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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  • 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.

  • On-demand television is long becoming the way to access television when you want it in the format that you want it in. On-demand is on the most part free, so you can stream and download for a set period afterwards. 

    Plus, for those in the UK and elsewhere where a TV licence is needed to watch live broadcasts, you can ditch the TV licence altogether if you stick to on-demand only. In most cases, you do not need a licence to watch on-demand television. So as long as something has been broadcast at least fifteen minutes before you watch it, it should be fine.

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

Topic: Hardware

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