[ddj] Computer recommendations

Carolyn Thompson caroethompson at gmail.com
Thu Aug 22 18:25:36 UTC 2013

Thanks for the advice! I mainly use Quantum GIS, MySQL, Tableau Public and
other visualization tools, and Excel of course. I also use data scraping
tools such as Outwit Hub and I use a lot of online tools for geocoding and
switching large pdfs from images to text.

On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 3:08 PM, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky <znmeb at znmeb.net>wrote:

> Quoting Carolyn Thompson <caroethompson at gmail.com>:
>  Dear all,
>> I've been doing most of my data work on a mac, but I'm finding much of the
>> open source software I like to use isn't available on that platform. My
>> computer will also soon need to be replaced.
>> I'm looking to buy a PC laptop to work off instead and was hoping I could
>> get some recommendations on what model other reporters use and what to
>> look
>> for, particularly in terms of fast processing power when working with
>> large
>> data banks.
>> Thank you very much,
>> Carolyn
>> --
>> Carolyn Thompson
>> Reporter and Photographer
>> www.carolynethompson.com
>> (c) 506-639-5569
>> (o) 506-645-3369
> Get a Windows laptop with as much RAM as you can afford, and an SSD-hard
> drive combo. Nearly all the major open source tools - R / RStudio,
> LibreOffice, GIMP, PostGIS, Quantum GIS, etc., have *native* Windows ports,
> and you can always dual-boot with Linux or run a Linux virtual machine with
> VMware Workstation.
> What software are you running? What would you *like* to run?
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Carolyn Thompson
Reporter and Photographer
(c) 506-639-5569
(o) 506-645-3369
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