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Laptops and Stata

1) We have agreed that students can get permission to get the same administrative rights on their laptops as staff members do.

Advantage: easier for students to install Stata packages and R packages & run Stata more efficiently
Disadvantage: Laptops are then more susceptible to viruses, despite antivirus programmes. Please note that if your laptop encounters such problems, your laptop may need a complete re-install and you might lose documents on your c-drive!

Please contact the IT service desk if you want to get the same administrative rights as staff members do.
Also read the important note on the bottom of this email.

2) We advise you to run Stata with the dataset you are using stored on your c-drive. You can store do-files and run them from anywhere you like.
To do this, you need to ask for extended administrative rights (see point 1).
Also read the important note on the bottom of this email.

3) The wireless network within the building has been improved, which will likely increase the performance of the machines. We advise you not to rely on the wireless network to run Stata files, though.

4) We are looking into alternative solutions for future years.

 IMPORTANT NOTE – MAKE BACK-UPS:  Please make sure you ALWAYS back-up your documents; please do so frequently. This includes keeping a spare copy of your dataset(s) at a different location. Any hardware can break down, and memory sticks can get lost! Don’t rely on one storage location only (you may want to use your h-drive for this purpose).

If your computer/laptop breaks down, we are unable to give extensions. The MSc room and Hynds lab offer suitable replacement locations to work from under such circumstances.


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