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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Kennedy School of Government
« on: July 21, 2006, 12:11:27 PM »
KSG is about as hard to get into as HLS.  Seriously.  Get a lot of impressive work experience before even thinking about it.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: June 26, 2006, 09:40:06 AM »
Can anybody tell me if the motherboard on my laptop might be fried?  It is out of warranty and I don't want to pay $75 just to have it diagnosed.  It is a Dell inspiron, about two and a half years old.  Occasionally, it just decides to turn off on its own, usually when I am in the middle of something.  It does this both while plugged in and while not plugged into the battery.  I can usually turn it right back on, but it will inevitably turn off on its own again soon after.  No warning, no blue screen of death, just shuts off.  Oh, and it gets pretty hot too.  not burning hot, but very warm.  I ran the system diagnostics and it says there is nothing wrong with the fan.  I don't believe it.

Does this sound like a couple hundred dollar problem, or should I chuck it and buy a new laptop?

I recommend cleaning it out with an air duster, make sure the fan spins, and apply a thin layer of thermal paste between the processor and heat sink. Note: these actions typically require an experienced technician.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions.  I called the Dell Out of Warranty repair center just to see if they could help me over the phone, and they offered a one time only FREE repair!!!!  How awesome!  They are shipping me a DHL box today to send the laptop to them.  I am very, very impressed.  This computer is almost three years old- they really didn't have to do this.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: June 22, 2006, 03:51:03 PM »
Can anybody tell me if the motherboard on my laptop might be fried?  It is out of warranty and I don't want to pay $75 just to have it diagnosed.  It is a Dell inspiron, about two and a half years old.  Occasionally, it just decides to turn off on its own, usually when I am in the middle of something.  It does this both while plugged in and while not plugged into the battery.  I can usually turn it right back on, but it will inevitably turn off on its own again soon after.  No warning, no blue screen of death, just shuts off.  Oh, and it gets pretty hot too.  not burning hot, but very warm.  I ran the system diagnostics and it says there is nothing wrong with the fan.  I don't believe it.

Does this sound like a couple hundred dollar problem, or should I chuck it and buy a new laptop?

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Um, don't go to ANY law school with the intention of doing a lot of partying.  Then again, if you feel like holding down the bottom of the curve for your fellow classmates, I am sure they will think you are very generous.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: PSA: MacBook iPod deals
« on: June 19, 2006, 02:45:21 PM »
Apple does this every year before the start of school.  You will eventually get a $179 rebate in the mail toward your nano or other ipod.

All schools get the same deal- use your undergrad institution if you want.  It's a good faith kind of thing... you don't need to prove it by sending in ID or anything.  You could choose any school, really. 

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I think all this splitting is throwing off the poll.  Some people are talking about paying 200-400 for one room and use of a common bathroom, while others are talking about paying 1000+ for 2-3 bedrooms and a bathroom.  I especially think the "I'm splitting the cost with my boyfriend/girlfriend" is deceptive, becuase it's not like a normal roomate situation where they'll kick you out if you're struggling with your bills, where they bring over random people that you have to tolerate, and where they cut off your acess to certain areas of the apartment (such as their bedroom, their kitchen cabinet, their section of the fridge).  Following that logic, I'm only paying $500 for my half of the apartment I share with my wife.  Or, better yet, I'm paying $0 since she's the one with the job and I'm just a student.  Seems kinda silly.

I agree.  I think you'd get different results if you asked slightly older and straight out of college students separately.

For instance, I just don't "do" roommates anymore.  I'm too old for that crap you mentioned above, and it is not worth the money saved for me.  So the $1000 per month I am paying to live alone is a very good deal in my opinion.

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Wait List / Re: The Bitter End
« on: June 13, 2006, 12:36:54 PM »
Each school has different tuition refunds.  Any school I've ever attended has outlined them in detail.  Usually after a certain amount of time, you get a 75% refund, then 50%, then no refund.  I'd say after classes start if you haven't withdrawn, you will be liable for something.  You could ask the financial aid office about this and I doubt they would bat an eye. 

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Financial Aid / Re: private loans: Prime or 3-Month LIBOR??
« on: June 12, 2006, 11:34:34 AM »
If you are taking the Stafford loans for this fall, you are going to get the 6.8% rate.  The interest rate is calculated at the date of disbursement (usually late August or early September 2006), not the date you apply or confirm them.  You cannot get the 2005 rate for your loans this fall (go ahead and try, though).

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Wait List / Re: Georgetown Waitlist is moving
« on: June 08, 2006, 02:19:42 PM »
I need some clarification here. I received the same email that's posted this afternoon. It does make the prospect of being admitted to GULC seem pretty bleak. But this is not a waitlist rejection, is it? Is there even such a thing? I've seen people on LSN state their status to be waitlist/rejected. Does this mean that they actually recived something that said that they have been pushed off the waitlist? Or are people confuesed about deferred-rejected? If anyone got a rejection letter after the waitlist, please clarify. Thanks

It sounds like some people did actually get a letter saying they are rejected from the waitlist.  As far as I know, these people were on the regular waitlist, not preferred or "preferred preferred."

I did get that email yesterday.  My guess is the class is basically full right now, and there may be a few seats here and there from now on, but it is very unlikely more than a handful of people will be called.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Where to live in DC
« on: June 07, 2006, 02:51:53 PM »
So, is there anywhere in Virginia, close to D.C., that has great schools, low crime and a buzzing nightlife for we younger, childless types that will have kids in the future?  It would be nice to have nightlife and good schools in the same area.

This trifecta would be even better if on a Metro line.

Thoughts, anyone?

Look in the neighborhoods along the orange line from Rosslyn to Ballston.  That fits your description exactly.

Guerito, you may feel safe around New York Ave metro and Gallaudet, but your wife may not.  It is generally considered not too hot of an area, and as a younger woman I would not live there.  Stick to the areas in NW that Barney mentioned or the areas directly around the Capitol if you want to be in the District.  I have friends who live in Columbia Heights and I think it's still a little scary, especially at night.  Two friends of mine have been mugged near the Columbia Heights metro.

Washingtonpost.com has an excellent map of the city with interactive buttons that show the crime statistics.  Search for it- it's neat.

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