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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  • 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.

  • Printing costs on campus can be expensive - 5p a sheet, or 10c, depending on the kind of content you are printing out. Over time this becomes a huge expense, and there must be a better way of doing it.

    Forget inkjet printers, because the cartridges will wear down far too quickly. I propose an investment in a black and white (monochrome) laser printer. The paper will be churned up faster than the ink cartridges, I promise you that.

    A simple inkjet printer plus a few cartridges will be more expensive overall than a black and white laser printer which will take you over a year to get through.

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

Topic: Hardware

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