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Guest Post: 2012 Spring PennApps Hackathon – Simplicity

This post is by Alice Lee, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, PA who helped to plan and organize this year’s PennApps Student Hackathon. The fourth biannual PennApps hackathon took place in Penn’s engineering quad, where over 180 students and 22 sponsors hacked for 48 hours straight. Simple is hard to make. That seems kind ...

Guest Post: How to Deal With A Disrespectful Roommate

Today’s guest post is from a student who wishes to remain anonymous. Enjoy! Most of us will deal with a bad roommate situation at one point or another. These situations are difficult, because they affect you every day. This past semester I was blessed with a wonderful surprise. I dated a girl (who we’ll call ...

Guest Post: Using Simplenote and nvALT as a Student

This post is by Carson Suggs, a junior at the University of Arizona, Pheonix who plans to graduate in December 2013. You can follow him on Twitter @crsnsggs.  There are numerous articles about the greatness of Notational Velocity (or nvALT, a fork of Notational Velocity) and Simplenote, but I haven’t seen anything that made these applications relevant for ...

Infographic: Get More Out Of Google

Embed the image above on your site <p><strong>Please include attribution to with this graphic.</strong><br /> <a href=””><img src=”” alt=”Get More Out Of Google” width=”500″ border=”0″ /></a></p> (Update 1/20/2014) See more tips in our latest Hack Tricks video, Searching Google:

You Suck At Studying: 3 Lessons from a College Hacker

Today’s post is by Ryan Nguyen, a UC Santa Barbara, CA student who writes for our friends over at CollegeInfoGeek. Ryan is also a soon-to-be medical student, and blogs about his premed journey on PracticalPremed. Most students are terrible at studying. Perhaps it’s not entirely our’ fault. With so much emphasis in school placed on ...

Guest Post: How to Find a Job in a Down Economy

Today’s guest post is by Stephanie Larson, a student at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  Graduating from college no longer puts you on the fast-track to getting a job. In fact, many recent college graduates are finding it difficult to get work in the current economic state. According to the New York Times, only ...

Guest Post: Yes, You Can Travel on a Student Budget

Today’s guest post is by Amanda Williams, a grad student with an insatiable lust for travel. If you’re interested in traveling around the world on a minuscule budget, Amanda writes frequently on the subject on her blog, A Dangerous Business. How to travel on a student budget This site is all about “hacking” college; finding tricks to ...

Guest Post: Grab the Kindle Keyboard if You’re Going Abroad

em>The Kindle can get you free web access at almost any beach around the world, making it perfect for studying abroad. Photo by goXunuReviews and licensed under CC BY-2.0Today's guest post comes from Daniel Hernandez, an international student from El Salvador and senior at Trinity University studying Finance and Economics, and Shep's old college roommate! He is currently studying abroad in São Paulo, Brazil with CIEE Study Abroad Programs. He spent a month in Salvador, Brazil for a pre-session and later went to São Paulo.

Editor's Note: The new generation of Kindle doesn't support web browsing over 3G. For that privilege, be sure to pick up the Kindle Keyboard before Amazon runs out, or buy one used.

You might think that you already read too much in college, so why would you need an Amazon Kindle 3G ? Well, you might not know that in addition to its book-reading capabilities, it's also a portable international web browser! You can also get books in English, which in foreign countries can be expensive and hard to find. The books can be delivered through 3G (which Amazon calls Whispernet), Wifi, or by connecting your Kindle to your computer.

Check the 3G Availability

Amazon Kindle uses either the faster 3G network or the slower EDGE network depending on your location. I've had experience using both networks and they were about the same speed, at least for downloading books. I would worry more about the availability of either than which specific type is available at your location. You can check that here.

It's really important to note that depending on your study abroad university or institute, Wi-Fi might be extremely limited. I spent a month in Salvador, Brazil before coming to São Paulo and my local university didn't have Wi-Fi. I stayed with a host family and the host family didn't have Wi-Fi, and for some reason I have yet to figure out, they would only allow me to plug in my computer to the ethernet cable about an hour a day. Although I would understand if it had been dial up, it was actually a high-speed internet connection, so they weren't getting charged per minute!

When I wanted to read in my room The Economist, The New York Times, or Facebook I would just turn on the 3G, and go to the website. It was sometimes a bit tricky because the websites aren't optimized for reading on the Kindle over the web browser. With a bit of practice though it isn't that inconvenient, you just need to have the right zoom and/or the appropriate screen orientation. If people in the study abroad group posted on Facebook they were meeting somewhere to eat, I could just read it directly from my Kindle and then go there. Having some internet was way better than having no internet!

Want to learn more about saving money with the Kindle? Read on to see more tips.

Man on the Street: SSD vs. HDD (Presented by Intel)

Need a laptop? We’ve teamed up with Intel to bring you the HackCollege Laptop Chooser. If you share the Laptop Chooser, you’ll be entered to win a Samsung Series 9 Notebook! Today we begin a series of man on the street videos asking random students around Trinity University a few questions about technology. Today’s question: What ...