Why I love my college

My college provides 10-megabit internet access to the room of every student who wants it and is willing to shell out the princely sum of £20 a term for it.

In addition to this, a lot of the students in my college have discovered the joys of iTunes. iTunes happens to allow you to share your music over your local network for others to stream. As you can see, this has very pleasant results.

Yup – that’s 34 iTunes shares, most of which are sharing somewhere in the region of 6 gigabytes. This adds up to what is technically termed a shitload of music.

The only downside of this is that Linux as yet appears to lack a decent DAAP client, so Windows is currently by far the superior music platform for me at the moment. This doesn’t help when I’m writing my dissertation in LaTeX, which is severely lacking in Windows support. Music or dissertation? Those of you who know me will know that I am likely to choose music most of the time. This is not a Good Thing™.

4 Responses to “Why I love my college”

    •  Gravatar for Meri
    • From Meri
    • Wednesday 27 April 2005 at 13:34

    Why don’t you just write the tex in a text editor (e.g. Syn, UltraEdit or Textpad) in Windows and then just go over to the Linux box to compile and preview? Or are you one of these “write a sentence, compile to see how pretty it looks” people?

  1. You know, it’s strange that in several Google searches and asking a number of people, not one mentioned Syn, UltraEdit or TextPad? Thanks for those, I’ll take a look :)

    •  Gravatar for Meri
    • From Meri
    • Thursday 28 April 2005 at 11:16

    Sokay, at uni unfortunately we only really have Windows workstations — there is Unix environment available, but it’s not very conducive to learning as it’s an X shell rather than a complete Linux desktop (which personally I found a lot easier to play with and learn). So in the first & second year we went through rather a lot of Windows text editors. Textpad and UltraEdit are FAR better than Syn, but Syn does have the advantage that it doesn’t need admin privileges to install or a restart (which was an issue for us at one point…)

    •  Gravatar for Dave
    • From Dave
    • Friday 29 April 2005 at 23:15

    I’ve done a lot of LaTeX in windows. Personally I use MikTeX for the TeX implementation and then for an editor I use TexnicCenter, it rocks!

    My issues with LaTeX and windows, were that I needed to use xfig to do my graphics and there isn’t a good Windows implementation of that!