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Tech Scholarships for College/University?

luzrek Re:OT but can someone fill me in... (577 comments)

In Florida there is a "full tutition" program for pretty much all in state students who want it. For those that don't qualify for that the state pays for 3/4 of the educational cost for in state students. However, this money doesn't cover living expenses, books, and booze.

The major problem with this situation is that creditors spend the next four years trying to get you to rack up debt via credit cards and student loans. I have a couple of friends with $30k+ debt and one with $70k+ debt.

On the flip side, my wife and I went to an "expensive" private school (with need-blind) admission and finished up with less than $10k of debt between us. I think the major difference was that the school we went to was "residential" (all students lived on campus). This had two big effects. First, there wasn't any pressure to spend a bunch of money to get a fancy appartment or goto fancy restraunts. Second, since housing was required, it could be included in finacial aid. Dartmouth (and some others now) have done a similar trick with computers. By requiring everyone to have them, computers for Dartmouth students are covered by their financial aid.

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luzrek luzrek writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, the Gyration keyboard stopped working completely. The receiver doesn't even blink anymore when you press a button. I've changed the batteries and have gone through the "hardware" setup procedures for it a couple of times. It simply doesn't work anymore. To avoid frustration, I'ld suggest not using Gyration's products. Certainly don't use them with Linux unless you have time to burn.


Home multi-media machine update

luzrek luzrek writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, I've installed Mandrake 9.1 stable on the thing. After some fiddling, not really knowing how the device driver stuff works, I've figured out that I can get the Gyration mouse to work every other boot by having a normal USB mouse plugged in on every other boot, weird. The other problem I've discovered is that the gyration mouse can get dizzy. This manifests after turning quickly while holding the Gyration mouse by a constant drift in one direction regardless of how the mouse is being held.


luzrek luzrek writes  |  more than 11 years ago I have constructed a low-noise multimedia computer using a Via EPIA-M motherboard with a 600 Mhz Eden processor. The TV input is done via a Haupage WinTV 401b card. Which is a funny card because it uses the computer's audio-in to record sound (via an external jumper). If I was doing it again, I would look for another TV encoder card which did not have this problem and/or had mpeg2 encoding built in. The operating system is currently Mandrake 9.1 beta using the ALSA sound drivers. The biggest problem I am having is getting the system to recognize my gyration mouse as a mouse. Hopefully the upgrade to Mandrake 9.1 stable will fix this problem.

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