Tune-up a new computer: Tian's complete task list

Statistics Research uses computers primarily for computing, documentation and presentation. From my personal experience and for my personal research purposes, R and LaTex are the most powerful and flexible tools to achieve everything I need in these two categories.


When buying a new computer:

1)  [$200-$300] upgrade the memory of the computer to at least 1GB (2-4GB recommended)

2) [$200] Add MS office products (quick fix for teaching, service, research communications)

3) [$100] Add Adobe Acrobat (full package)

4) If it is a cheap option, an external hard drive is nice to have for future back-ups.


When waiting for the new computer: download the latest antivirus softwares.



Pestpatrol: http://www.columbia.edu/acis/software/pestpatrol/


After receiving the new computer.


Install the antivirus pacakges and turn on windows firewall.

Connect to the internet and install the following applications.


1) [Free] Download MikTex from http://www.miktex.org/

2)  [Free] Download and install R from http://cran.us.r-project.org/

3)  [S/N in Email] Download and install WinEdt (for LaTex and for R) http://www.winedt.com/

4) [Free] Download ghostscript and ghostview http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/

5) [Free] Download and install a package allow you to use WinEdt as GUI for R


Beware: the installation might be tricky. Follow the read-me carefully.

6) [Free] Download and Install WinZip from http://www.winzip.com/

7) [Free] Download and install WinRar from http://www.rarlab.com/

8) [Free] Total Commander from http://www.ghisler.com/

9) [Free] Download and install Mulberry: http://www.columbia.edu/acis/software/mulberry/

10) [Free] Download and install SSH softwares from ftp://ftp.ssh.com/pub/ssh/ (the client version).

Things that can wait.

1) Splus (Departmental Site license)

2) MathType 5 (Office shelf)

3) EndNote from http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/help/howto/endnote/

Data transfer:

1) Link departmental server using \stat.columbia.edu\

2) Setup email accounts (both department and CUNIX)

3) Setup SSH accounts (both department and CUNIX)

4) Download personal folders from departmental server

5) Setup some backup scheme and use rules for this computer


Updated on Thu, 05/14/2009 10:24 AM by Tian Zheng