Recently, my law school's Office of the Registrar sent out the passwords to download the latest version of test-taking software Examsoft.
That's all well and good except, as discussed before, I'm a Mac living in the PC world that is law school. (By the way, based on the students who use PCs and those who use Macs in my law school classes, I can affirm that those who use Macs are in fact hipper and more attractive than their peers who use PCs.)
I had put the whole Mac or PC thing at the back of my mind in favor of learning the intricacies of personal jurisdiction, but the email brought the issue back to the fore: Should I buy a separate laptop for test taking, or should I just go ahead and install Windows on my MacBook with BootCamp?
The $120 price tag of the new Windows 7 operating system had me leaning the way of just buying a netbook that runs Windows, however, a new promotion for students from Microsoft has me considering the other option.
For a limited time, Microsoft is offering Windows 7 for $30 for students with a university email account.
Here's a bit from an Ars Technica article about the promo:
"'In the US, students can pre-order their copy of Windows 7 beginning September 17th and can download the OS beginning on October 22nd (general availability),' a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed with Ars. For US students, we checked and saw that they need to have a .edu e-mail address or be attending one of the 158 schools."
My school wasn't on the list, but I registered my school email address anyway and received an email several minutes later confirming that I was cleared for download.
You can pre-register at www.win741.com.