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« on: June 24, 2004, 04:59:25 PM »
What school do you go to? My school separates PT classes and FT people, at least, I think they do anyway. They do for the first year.
Anyway, I plan on studying for four hours per day, part of that during work hours (I get many breaks), and part of it between work and school, and part of it after school. I hope four is enough, but I think six is recommended by my school for part timers.
I think the most important thing is that you decide how much you are going to study and then dedicate time to that every day. If you leave it all for the end of the day when you have time "left over", you'll find a way to do other stuff instead of studying.
« on: July 17, 2004, 06:30:19 PM »
Don't take away the small pleasures of the poor! Let them eat their Mac 'N Cheese in peace! How else are they supposed to make themselves happy? If we are going to dictate what they can buy with foodstamps, then we should subsidize some healthy recreational activities for them. Foodstamp recipients will now be eligible to receive enough movie theater tickets for their entire household to attend a first-run movie each week. We'll need to provide either bus passes or a car subsidy so they can travel, of course. No popcorn at the theater! Theaters will catch on and start offering foodstamp-approved fare so that poor people can use their foodstamps at the theater. Obviously theater-style popcorn, candy, and nachos are not considered "healthy".
Or, alternatively, instead of banning junk food, we could require foodstamp-recipients to exercise every other day in order to recieve their stamps. They could go to a special "health club" (staffed at taxpayer expense, and including free daycare, natch) where where they would punch in their unique identifier code and then exercise on a stationary cycle or stair-stepper or other machine. After the required amount of calories have been burned, the machine could spit out the foodstamps. I'm sure there will be many more beauracratic levels required to properly supervise all this, but once Kerry is elected and taxes are raised (as Hilary says, it's for the common good), we'll have plenty of money to fund it all. Think of all the government jobs that will be created, too.
« on: July 11, 2004, 11:36:11 AM »
I hope no one else gives a crap about their appearance. It'll make things easier on me.
The professional world is often a small one. Social and professional ties are formed in law school, and reputations begin.
« on: July 07, 2004, 08:17:16 PM »
« on: July 07, 2004, 08:05:26 PM »
What model number/discount/etc. did you choose to get to that price on your T41? That's better than I've been able to find on their website.
« on: July 07, 2004, 07:57:23 PM »
AMD makes an AMD-M type of thing. I've heard it runs hot and the fan blows all the time in some laptops that have it. The Pentium-M Centrino isn't much more now that the Dothan has come out, so I'd avoid the AMD-M. Fujitsu puts in in their S2000 series, and the S6000 series has the Pentium-M but is identical, and the price difference is like $100 for comparably equipped machines.
I can't answer the ethernet question.
XGA means a resolution of 1024x728
SXGA means a resolution of 1280x1024
Depending on the size of your screen, the XGA or SXGA is better (IMO). If you get an SXGA on a 10" screen, I think it's too small. I'm very happy with XGA on a 12" screen, myself. But I hate straining to see for hours at a time.
Have you ever typed on an Averatec? I couldn't stand it. It seems like a bargain at around $1000, but that's only with a 1-year warranty.
The thin-n-lights are more expensive than the heavier versions. If you look at laptops in the 7+lb range, you'll find something more affordable with better quality. To get a really decent thin-n-light, I'm sorry to say, but I haven't been able to find anything good for under $1500 with the specs your talking about.
« on: July 07, 2004, 07:48:00 PM »
Over 3k? I've been pricing them extensively lately, and depending on the model, you can spend far less and still get something decent. The cheapest acceptable thing for me, in a T42, comes to $1700. 1-year warranty. 14" screen. No Flexview. Huge compromise, but not exactly bank-breaking.
« on: July 07, 2004, 07:45:38 PM »
You have to be really careful where you live. Really careful. Before you rent a place, find the local police station and ask them their opinion of the apartment complex. Seriously. I lived my whole life in the LA area and I've had my share of burglaries, carjackings (well, just one), threats of bodily harm, and living next to gangsters. Some very nice-looking apartment complexes can be aweful for crime. In my experience, all but the most expensive of the very large complexes are crime ridden. There are too many apartments for the managers to keep track of. In a smaller place, the onsite managers will notice if people are cramming extra people in the apartments or leaving shopping carts everywhere. Or doing much, much worse. Also, insist that some sort of deadbolt or other kind of door security device (and window security devices) are installed or provided for you. Apartments have to do that by law, and you really need those in most "affordable" parts of LA.
« on: July 07, 2004, 07:33:46 PM »
I've had the same dilemma.
I checked out the Consumer Reports reliability ratings (I've learned to take all their ratings with a grain of salt anyway), and it seems as though even the best laptops have at least a 15% chance of something fairly major going wrong. I don't like those odds, so I eliminated a one year warranty. At two years vs. three, I'd just pick the one I liked better and see if I could maybe upgrade to a third year without too much extra cost. If you're going to use something for three years, make it something you're happy with. Better to be unhappy when you pay the bill than unhappy every time you use the darn thing.
I've been considering the T42 or T41 for a while, but neither is quite perfect for me since for some reason my eyes are very sensitive to the refresh rate on screens, and the T4x's aren't great. The cheapest Flexview is $2400 from what I can see, and while I can afford it, I'm not spending that much on something that I could easily spill on or drop. Other T4x express series are cheaper, but the really good deals only come with one warranty, so that's not really a deal. I checked out the new Sony Vaio S150, and it's got a lot of things going for it, except it's a Sony. They've got good reliability ratings, but if it breaks they have a reputation for not honoring their puny 1-year warranty. Vaio con dios.
I like Fujitsu. Specifically, the S6000 series (NOT S2000 with the AMD). Good reliability, good customer support, quality case, decent value ($1000 cheaper than IBM for a comparable machine), 3-year warranty from an online retailer (with all but the cheapest model), a screen as good or better than a Sony X-brite, and the perfect size and weight for my liking. The downside is that the keyboard is not quite as nice as the T series, but I will take the better screen, lighter weight, and nicer touchpad (IMO) over the slight decrease in keyboard comfort. Anyway, I don't mean to make this a Fujitus commercial, but I was considering the whole 1-year vs. more warranty thing, and I finally found something I'm really happy with that still comes with a 3-year warranty. I don't feel like I'm giving up a lot, and if I went with the cheaper thing, I'd be annoyed with the sub-par stuff every time I used it.
« on: June 29, 2004, 04:52:42 PM »
Sonys also make their stuff so you have to use Sony-only upgrades. Their batteries can be like $300, too.
I've noticed on the IBM website that there are different prices for different states in the education section. It never says anything about eligibility for ordering through a state that's not your own, so I'm going to find the cheapest one and order through that state. The HP website has different prices for different areas, but they make you give your student ID number and warn that if they do check and you're not a student at the college you name, then they'll charge you the extra money. I didn't want an HP anyway.
Some new notebooks and cheaper pricing is supposed to happen some time in the middle of July. I'm waiting to see what comes out. So far, I want a T41p from IBM. Keyboard quality is important to me.