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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UVa Waitlist
« on: July 29, 2007, 06:44:30 PM »
Got it as well; figure they are probably releasing me from the WL.

No comment from me other than the usual "free speech" claims don't apply since this isn't government restrictions on speech.

Law School Rankings / Re: Will Hastings overtake Davis in 2009?
« on: July 17, 2007, 06:36:11 PM »
I think what he meant was that they admitted a good number of people that would not have been admitted via regular admissions, and that lowered their admission statistics, not bar passage or anything.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Get a mac now or wait?
« on: July 15, 2007, 05:00:59 PM »
I have no idea how the return policy works, but I imagine they're trying to get rid of the old iPods for cheap to college students to make room for the new ones. I'd check out the details of the freebie on the apple website.

The upgraded MBP has a negligible speed increase—about 6%, according to barefeats. Not worth it for a few hundred bucks. It's just got double the VRAM, which, on that card makes no difference.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Get a mac now or wait?
« on: July 14, 2007, 11:03:37 PM »
ok, so waiting for leopard just to save a few bucks is probably not a good idea?  Do you know what it cost for students to upgrade to previous versions of the OS?

Also: as far as macbook versus macbook pro those of you with a 15" macbook pro is it significantly faster than the macbook?  and the LCD that much better?  I am leaning that direction anyway, because I figured after I got the super drive and more ram on the macbook it wasn't that much cheaper than the pro.  And although it is bigger it isn't much heavier right?

Also, you guys recommend the omni stuff for note taking?  I was figuring I'd have to buy that and office to pretty much cover it other than ilife and the included stuff.  No virus or spyware stuff right?  Is the applecare worth it?  Anything else I need to know about switching? 

Thanks again for the help!

Olé fellow Gaucho,

The MBP and MacBooks use similar processors, but the MacBook Pro has a dedicated—and good—graphics card. That will make things feel much snappier. The LCD is amazing. It is the brightest screen I have ever seen for consumer use, and is brighter than my Apple desktop display.

The weight and size specs can be found on the website: 5.1 lbs for the MB, and 5.4 for the MBP.

OmniOutliner comes for free on MacBook Pros, and between that and the new or old versions of Word you should be covered fine. I believe you can get free anti-virus stuff from your school.

AppleCare is worth it if you intend to have the computer for all of law school, since they're the same length. However, you can buy AppleCare up to a year later and not miss out on any coverage if you want to feel it out.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Get a mac now or wait?
« on: July 14, 2007, 07:03:13 PM »
The MacBook Pro line was recently updated and considered to be one of the most significant to date. It is the first to have LED backlit LCD screens, meaning a brighter image than most desktop LCDs. On top of that, the base model now comes with 2 gigs of RAM. The new OS, Leopard, will run fine on any new mac.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: The USC '10 Thread
« on: July 14, 2007, 04:20:18 PM »
Home is less than a mile from USC for me, so I know the area pretty well already. The best Mexican food ever—is all nearby. La Barca is famous around USC with undergrads and grads for its Tuesday $2 margaritas and amazing but relatively cheap food. The original El Cholo, the guys who literally invented Mexican food as we know it, is also nearby.

Still looking for an apartment, grr.

Is this 'La Barca' within walking distance of Terrace by any chance? (I know, I know, doubtful, but a girl without a car can hope)

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised —,-118.290052&sspn=0.021125,0.0418&ie=UTF8&z=16&om=1 ;)

The USC area is pretty decent without a car. Mostly, there's a bar or two on campus, the 901 club on Figueroa that all the undergrads/frat types and everyone that goes to USC goes to, and various restaurants like La Barca that serve alcohol. The Coliusem is close, although they were the last Pac 10 to serve beer at the games until they finally stopped too.

There's also the 29th street cafe at 2829 S. Hoover.

There's all kinds of Mexican food in the area, from restaurants to little taco joints and the commercialized Del Taco. I could really go for some Tacos Del Carbon or Carne Asada soft tacos now...

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