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What should we buy?

If you are a grad student, you've seen the message that we've got an opportunity to upgrade some equipment and software. Please put your suggestions on this page:
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I really like the idea of having LCDs in the lab. I'm less interested in more laptops, since I never use them. Another projector might not be really necessary since there will soon be one permanently mounted in 703 (apparently). I would also like to have a new mail server, but maybe that's not what the labcomm budget is for...
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I really like the idea of having LCDs in the lab. I would also like to have a new mail server, but maybe that's not what the labcomm budget is for...
  Other thoughts for the lab, in case the money doesn't just have to go toward equipment and software:

  • a large (as large as possible) whiteboard to go next to the big table in the lab (we have been told that we can get this) -- it'd be nice to have one as big as the ones in 703, or even bigger if possible.
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  • maybe some more updated AND FRAMED posters and pictures to go around the lab, to make it look a little nicer
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  • maybe some more updated and framed posters and pictures to go around the lab, to make it look a little nicer
 
  • some nice wall clocks so you don't have to run to a computer to find out whether you're late for a meeting. It would be nice to position them so that no matter where you're sitting you can see one (this should be doable with two or three).

-- MattPost - 28 Mar 2006

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  • Upgrade Matlab from 6.5 to 7.3, with statistics toolbox. OpenOffice from 1.1 to 2.0 (it is free).

-- WeilieYi - 30 Mar 2006

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I'd like to second the purchase of a department Macbook Pro. I think it'd be pretty useful for presentations and related things, for that sizeable number of us who are mac users.

This isn't related to spending this money, but while we're on the subject of "grad requests" and "lab improvements", I'd like to suggest that we get rid of a large number of old and crappy desks, including, but not limited to:

  • the ones crowding the edges of the main isle (crossing the lab from the mail room)
  • extra ones in student offices

I know a lot of students feel they have at least one extra desk in their office; in my office, there are five desks and a desk-sized file cabinet that is not in use. I think this made a lot of sense when there was one computer per office, and now that that is no longer the case, it would be sensible to have a week where such things could be gotten rid of. I think it would have a strong positive effect on the number of publications produced by grad students...

-- MattPost - 31 Mar 2006

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