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  • Glad to here you're head to grad school. I'm sure that you know that CVS (or your versioning system of choice) and LaTex are your friends (if you go thesis that is). I've been meaning to whip up a little something for the grad students in the department I sysadmin about the virtues of CVS and LaTex.

    I've seen way too many folks use MS Word and it goes wiggy (yes, that's a technical term ;-) when it gets large.

    As for laptops, I just bought a Thinkpad 600e for about $440, it'll end up being around $50 after
    • CVS I know well. :) LaTeX and I are not acquainted, and unfortunately as my school goes away from UNIX more and more (with a consequent decline in quality of education) professors who might have used it in the past seem to be disappearing. I'll definitely look into it, though.

      They seem to provide an MS Word template for my thesis; I hope I don't have to use it, because whether I use LaTeX or not, I prefer to stick with free software as much as possible.

      I had Word for Mac go wiggy on me a few years back trying to type some outlines. Word was absolutely incapable of numbering bullet points consecutively. About every three lines I typed, it got severly confused, and I had to cut and paste lines basically into a new document to get the numbering straight. I finally gave up, finished the outlines, and then did one final cut and paste to renumber. Never forgot the experience; wouldn't wish it on anybody.

      I have seen cheaper Intel laptops now that I've made my purchase (isn't that always the case?); my iBook probably is a lot peppier (800 MHz, and it's a PowerPC), but that Thinkpad sounds like just what I was looking for. Oh well.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers