5 Must Haves for starting University

Mid-September to October is the time when most students start University. Make sure you arrive prepared with these 5 must have gadgets.

1. Laptop – This has to be the biggest must have. Owning your own laptop means you can skip the wait at the library trying to secure a computer to complete your coursework and prepare your PowerPoint presentations. Aim for a light one that you can carry around so you can do your work anywhere around campus. You will need a large screen where you will be able to watch movies and read journal articles for your assignments.

Dell laptops

Take a look at these laptops weighing less than 2kg and come with more than 750GB hard drive capacity: http://tinyurl.com/n6jffj7

2. Dictaphone – If you are prone to day dreaming or had a late night, Dictaphones will record all your lecturers’ wisdom for you. They are digital so you don’t need tapes, just load all the audio files onto your laptop and listen to them later.

Sony Dictaphone

Check out this Sony Dictaphone with a 2GB flash drive: http://tinyurl.com/kcxen6t

3. Digital Camera – University is the best time of your life. So make sure you have a camera to capture all those fun and crazy moments. From freshers’ week to pictures of all the new friends you will make, there will always be photo opportunities.

Sony Digital Camera

Take a look at this Sony digital camera which comes in several awesome colours: http://tinyurl.com/m2yrgfl

4. Printer – Having your own printer will save you a lot of hassle. Library opening times can vary so save yourself the trip as well as the expensive printing costs by getting your own. Invest in an all-in-one printer as you will find the need to print, scan and copy throughout university.

Canon Multifunction printer

Take a look at this sleek multifunction printer by canon: http://tinyurl.com/kqauqyn

5. USB Stick – This device costs very little but can be a life saver. Make sure you back up all your important files on a USB stick in case your laptop gets lost, stolen or damaged. Having a USB is all handy if you don’t have a printer so you can take it along to the library.

Try out this 8 GB USB Stick which can be added to your key ring: http://tinyurl.com/lf8l43x

USB Stick

Poetry Humour

20 Years Ago

A computer was something on TV

From a sci fi show of note.

A window was something you hated to clean

And ram was the cousin of goat.


Meg was the name of my girlfriend

And gig was a job for the nights.

Now they all mean different things

And that really mega bytes.


An application was for employment.

A program was a TV show.

A curser used profanity.

A keyboard was a piano.


Memory was something that you lost with age.

A CD was a bank account.

And if you had a 3 1/2″ floppy

You hoped nobody found out.


Compress was something you did to the garbage

Not something you did to a file.

And if you unzipped anything in public

You’d be in jail for a while.


Log on was adding wood to the fire.

Hard drive was a long trip on the road.

A mouse pad was where a mouse lived.

And a backup happened to your commode.


Cut you did with a pocket knife.

Paste you did with glue.

A web was a spider’s home.

And a virus was the flu


I guess I’ll stick to my pad and paper

And the memory in my head.

I hear nobody’s been killed in a computer crash,

But when it happens they wish they were dead.