The successful applicant must be well-versed at using a computer to compose papers, take notes, create presentations, (using Keynote or Powerpoint) research using the internet, download and save files. You must be able to access the high-speed internet. In the Jacksonville area, Comcast cable, or AT&T DSL are adequate options.One of the FAQ's asked regarding computers is which kind of computer to acquire. While the UNFNAP is not in the business of promoting a particular brand of computer, here are a few guidelines:
Both work well. Typically about half the students will have Mac's and the other half will buy PC's.PC laptops - For the sake of simplicity, any Dell, Toshiba, or IBM Thinkpad series laptops with Windows XP SP3,the MAXIMUM amount of RAM and a wireless (WiFi)chipset will function adequately on campus and for the duration of the program. Make sure to purchase a copy of MS Office 2007 (either standard or professonal), Antivirus Software, and AntiSpyware. It is YOUR responsibility to have a functioning laptop for the duration of the program. If you are not capable of troubleshooting your own computer problems, then have arrangements in place to be able to solve them rapidly if they occur.Apple Laptops - Any Macbook, or Macbook Pro purchased recently with OS 10.5 or 10.6 (Leopard or Snow Leopard) will suffice. You will need to purchase a copy of MS Office 2008 (student, standard, or professional) OR iWork 09.
No matter what computer you decide to get, have it properly configured your word processing, spread sheet, and presentation software, software such as Adobe Reader to view PDF's, and the latest version of Firefox, Quicktime, iTunes, and backup software.It is not your professor's responsibility to figure out why your wireless card is not working or why your computer keeps freezing, so ensure you have a solid understanding of how to join wireless networks and basic troubleshooting.
The academic rigors of the program are stressful enough, do not try to make life harder by waking up one morning to discover your hard drive doesn't work anymore. Purchase a sizeable external HD and incremental backup software that will enable you to get back on your feet quickly should the worst happen. You need to focus 100% of your efforts on learning anesthesia, not reconstructing your lost notes and presentations.If you have any questions specifically, you can contact our tech guru Jonathan Pabalate CRNA, MSN.
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