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Re: st: Re: laptop specs

From   Jeph Herrin <>
Subject   Re: st: Re: laptop specs
Date   Mon, 31 Aug 2009 16:33:36 -0400

You don't indicate a OS preference, so I will assume some
version of Windows - not to be parochial, but Mac
and Linux users are never fail to identify as such, while
Windoze users often do.

If so, then 2 tips. I suggest 64bit XP over Vista. And
if you want a laptop that will support XP, you'll have to
shop in the "business" section of the big suppliers - Dell,
HP, etc. They usually throw in a free Vista upgrade, by
now that may be a Win 7 upgrade. BUt if you go to a big
consumer electronics retailer and buy the latest laptop
you'll find that it comes with Vista and that there are
no XP drivers for much of it.

What is huge, by the way? My recently purchased Dell has
a 250gb drive, seems adequate for most purposes.


S. D'Souza wrote:
Hi everyone,

I'm in the market for a new computer to do some large scale data
analysis and was wondering whether or not a laptop could be a viable
option. I'm very much attracted to the idea of a laptop because of its
portability. To give you some sense of what I need, here are the specs
of the desktop computers we use in my office (the laptop specs would
have to come close):

-Intel Core2 3ghz processors (64 bit operating system)
-8 GB of memory
-and a huge hard drive (i suppose i could buy an external hard drive?)

My max budget is around $1500. I was wondering if anyone does large
scale data analysis using stata on a laptop and how that has worked
out, or if there are suggestions of which laptop to use. If anyone has
any thoughts or suggestions about this, I'd very much appreciate it.
Please let me know if more info is required.

Thanks so much!!

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