[teknoids] UNM laptop requirement program passes!

Seibel, Robert rfs at cwsl.edu
Thu Apr 6 12:35:11 EDT 2006

Hi Cyndi--good question.  I think that the amount of core memory is more important than processor speed and I would make sure that they get at least 512 MB ram or preferably 1G--some of the low end laptops may skimp on that.  I think we will see  more and more multi-tasking, or at least doing word processing while shuttling back and forth to the internet.    
Bob Seibel
California Western School of Law
rfs at cwsl.edu
619 525 1458


From: teknoids-bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu on behalf of Dean, Cyndi
Sent: Thu 4/6/2006 9:16 AM
To: Teknoids
Subject: [teknoids] UNM laptop requirement program passes!

I am amazed but on Tuesday, the full faculty voted a laptop requirement program beginning fall 2006. We will do a minimum spec requirement rather than a specific brand.

My challenge is to come up with minimum specs that will suit their needs while keeping the cost as low as possible. Our students are not permitted to work the first year and it is a financial hardship for many of them. I talked to the wife of one incoming student last week; she made it "real" for me how hard it is to support a family when the primary breadwinner can't work. The thought of buying even a thousand dollar laptop made her very upset.

So...I've looked at many of your specifications but now need to get something out to our accepted applicants quickly. Our medical school is recommending the Intel Core Duo processor. I am inclined to go with a Pentium M at a minimum of 1GHz. Our students do word processing, Internet research, email, and an occasional PowerPoint presentation. What does the collective voice of Teknoids say? 


Cyndi Dean 
Assistant Dean for Information Technology 
UNM School of Law 
(505) 277-0695 

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