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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: June 05, 2006, 01:22:37 PM »
Go with the 60GB... that's a faster spinning HD and will give you better performance.  You're going to be in law school, not ripping movies to your HD all day.

That said, I don't understand you people with the 250GB HDs - wtf are you storing on these bad boys?

You pretty much said it yourself. It's all movies and music. (In my defense, I've also done video editing, which can be pretty hefty.) A person has to put the entire series run of Thundercats somewhere, doesn't he? 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: June 05, 2006, 11:40:00 AM »
i'm willing to pay more to have someone else who knows what they're doing build it for me. i won't be building my own.
Fair enough, but it's stupid easy.

It is ridiculously easy, but then again, I have yet to see an enclosure that was as good, quiet, small, and well-built as a good external HD. And some of the best external HDs are really quite cheap.

I have one of these that I've been using for backup and I really like it:

http://www.buy.com/prod/LaCie_250GB_USB_2_0_External_Hard_Drive_Design_by_F_A_Porsche_300728U/q/loc/101/10359999.html

At $130, that's not that much more than you paid to build it up yourself and, in my opinion, the differences are probably worth it (especially if, as seems to be the case for samesongtwice, you're not eager to be fussing with master/slave jumpers).

EDIT: Although I have not personally used it, this also seems like an excellent bet:

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=10384870&adid=17070&dcaid=17070


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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Macintosh
« on: May 22, 2006, 03:51:23 PM »
I know HLS allows (and even seems to encourage) Macs.  Maybe the Penn IT people could get in touch with them and see how they do it?

GULC partners with Apple (as well as Dell) to get discounts and extended warranties for Mac buyers. But I think they also ditched ExamSoft (or whatever they had once used), so that could account for the platform opennness.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Macintosh
« on: May 22, 2006, 02:25:05 PM »
Has anyone here other than AZWildcat actually used a Mac to take an exam with Examsoft?

I haven't, but you can read up here:

http://www.john-benson.com/blog/?p=55

It was linked from this site, which is quite thorough:

http://www.maclawstudents.com/exam-software/index.php

Also, if you want to avoid the above blogger's problems with sound (other than just muting it before the test), you can use a set of drivers that routes ALL sound to the headphone jack, essentially always muting the built-in speakers. That driver is at:

http://wiki.onmac.net/index.php/Users/Drivers

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Just a word of caution:

I and many of my friends are the type of people who have always "tested well." Some of my friends took no chances and prepped for the LSAT. Others (myself included) assumed that because there was no specialized knowledge, we could just rely on our general pwn4ge of all things Scantron.

Those who prepped cracked the mid-170s. Those who did not prep ended up in the 160s, sat down and prepped, then took it again and jumped 8-11 points. (I know about 4 people who did this.)

The point is, even if you think you rule standardized testing, most people I know still needed to familiarize themselves with the test to get a score commensurate with their abilities.

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I had planned to go exactly this route: a nice MacBook Pro with the Boot Camp partition as my primary. I'm a Windows die-hard, but I was seduced by the design of the MacBook Pro and the chance to toy around in OS X for kicks. As a techie myself, I can't see why it should be any kind of problem, but I definitely understand the official folks holding off on their seal of approval.

The best full discussion of the law school software and Boot Camp is at

http://www.maclawstudents.com/exam-software/index.php

They have an entertaining blog link with some real-world ExamSoft experience.

As for the problems described in the blog link, be aware - the Boot Camp driver set does not mute the speakers when you plug into the headphone jack. (One way around this is to use the pre-Boot Camp hacked drivers that have the speakers always off, and route all sound to the headphone jack. See http://wiki.onmac.net/index.php/Users/Drivers )


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Law School Applications / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: May 12, 2006, 10:33:13 AM »
no, it's definitely not. i think it's an accomplishment, so congratulations. are you going to stay on it?

oh poo on them!  i'm sorry/congrats.  HLS waitlist= quite an accomplishment in my book.  i want my letter!

In the end, I guess it is something to be a little proud of. I'm not sure what I let myself expect with an A- GPA, but I'm pretty sure I got all I could out of it. Don't know if I'm going to stay on yet. There are a lot of things to consider.

In any event, I thank everyone here for the kind words. I'm probably going to start moving my posting over to the GULC decided threads, and finally settling into that. I've got all the information I can get for now. But it's been a wild ride, and I wish everyone here great success with or without Harvard.

Thanks for the support. Onward!

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Law School Applications / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: May 11, 2006, 06:45:20 PM »
And there's the Waitlist letter. Dated May 5.

Not sure how to feel about that. But, hey, it's not a rejection, right?

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Law School Applications / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: May 11, 2006, 03:32:59 PM »
Thanks. I get the feeling a lot of them go out...but maybe not? Anyone have a guess at what the chances are at getting in off of the list?

Also, I heard that if you're admitted off a waitlist, there's no opportunity to defer a year. Anyone know if this is true?

That seems very, very likely. Part of their determination of how many people to take from the waitlist is how many regular admits have deferred. So, basically, they only want you if you can fill one of those empty slots. If you can't, they probably won't be interested.

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Law School Applications / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: May 11, 2006, 03:00:35 PM »
I contacted the good folks in Austin Hall. And something is apparently on its way.

And, sure, maybe it's a super-duper special admissions pack. But I'm guessing no.

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