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Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Notebook computer is very useful for medical student. It can help mobile activities such as research, tasks, organizations, searching, mailing, writing, group discussion, distance learning, teleconsultation, telemedicine, etc. We can use public Internet connection such as WiFi (Wireless Fidelity), WiMax, or cable network. There are so many branded notebook computer in the market today (recent technology). The price is not cheap, so we have to choose the right one for your medical purposes.

We will find some standard features on a notebook computer or laptop in the recent technology:

Size and screen
There are small screen (eg, 11-14 inch) and lighweight but might be less features. Usually we find 15-17 inch screen size. Another is wide screen for multimedia or gaming purposes. Technology is growing.

There are WiFi, infrared (IrDA), DVD/CD RW (re-writer), modem port, cable network port, USB ports (more than 1 ports), multi memory card slot (SD, MMC, XD, CF, etc.), monitor output, printer port, PC card (PCMCIA), etc. Find the best technology you need for.

Operating systems
If you are a notebook computer (laptop) user based on Windows (by Microsoft), you should do a regular anti virus and system updating to get more secure. Most of medical softwares are available on Windows. Most of (legal) notebook computer are bundling with Windows XP (Home, Professional Edition, Vista).

You should choose Mac OS X (ten; by Apple) if you want to get the best beauty of notebook computer (laptop), with long time International guarantee, free from virus relatively (until this second), and fastest notebook computer system. Medical sotwares also available in Mac version like Windows. But there are some different function of keyboard button which is compared by Windows.

You may choose GNU/Linux and its distributions (Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE, SimplyMEPIS, etc.) if you have enough time (acts like a geek) to find the other drivers (especially modems, printers, VGAs) and make some configurations to make your system more convenient. GNU/Linux system works under Intel, PPC, and AMD based processor. It is free and open source under GNU licensed and virus free relatively. But less of software available for medical purposes.

You should have a choice now. Choose the best notebook computer for your medical purposes in the recent technology. Have a successful study.

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