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Has anyone gone to a more expensive higher ranked school only to transfer to a lower ranked (and less expensive) school?

I know someone that transferred from BYU to University of San Diego, which is close to your scenario but not quite (BYU was cheaper).

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Computers on Ebay
« on: July 18, 2006, 10:04:22 AM »
Think it's safe to buy a computer on ebay???

There are some really good deals... they seem to skimp on the warranty (usually only 1 year), but I'm not terribly worried about my computer breaking - I take really good care of mine.

Maybe.

1. Think: "Is this deal too good to be true?"
2. Check out the buyer's reviews
3. Use Paypal and pay the "Buyer's Insurance"
4. Use a credit card to pay Paypal so that you have the option to dispute the charge with your CC company if something goes wrong

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Probably...check with your insurance agent; often you have to give them $ estimates of the value of various categories of items.  Our computers are on our renter's policy.  A friend of mine had her computer stolen out of her house and she was reimbursed from her homeowner's insurance.  It may vary depending on your insurance provider and the state in which you reside.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Best laptop sleeve for T60
« on: July 18, 2006, 01:27:17 AM »
I bought one of these for my X60s and I love it...they custom make it to fit your laptop:
http://www.sfbags.com/products/sleevecases/sleevecases.htm

And it's made in the U.S. if that matters to you.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: July 17, 2006, 10:41:11 PM »
It can log you into...
-The Computer
-The Harddrive
-The BIOS
-Windows
...instead of using a password.  If you set things up right, the computer could be useless for anyone without your fingerprint.

and I've heard you can use it inside IE and Firefox with some playing around/extensions.

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I don't think there is anything terribly wrong with the laptops.  I think HP/Compaq's consumer grade laptops aren't designed to be highly mobile; I think three years of carrying one around every day would likely kill the machine.  You'd probably have better luck buying one of their business grade laptops but even then, the shadow of their consumer-grade quality will always loom over what you bought.

The consumer grade laptops are great as desktop replacements...when you don't move them around they don't fail as quickly.  I have a Compaq laptop that's 2 years old and still as good as the day I bought it, however I move it around once in a blue moon.  I've heard about people with the same model seeing it die within a year of use as an actual mobile unit.

Law school is a whole different game when it comes to laptop use; you want something that has a proven track record when it comes to day-to-day use and abuse.  Try to find reviews by business-type users that commute and carry their machines everywhere because that is most likely what you'll be doing in LS.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: July 16, 2006, 10:05:47 PM »
Stupid Question,

At risk of (again) taking us off topic, what is the easiest way to backup pretty much everything in Microsoft Outlook? (Appointments, Contacts, Calendar, Journal). What would need to be done to restore these items?

Reason why I ask is I am not buying an external HD. Rather I am going to backup weekly onto a 1 gig SD card my Onenote and Outlook critical files and then image my HD (using IBM's software) monthly.

Any ideas?

Oingo

The easiest way would be to backup the following folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\{INSERT USERNAME HERE}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

and you may also want backup these folders as well:

C:\Documents and Settings\{INSERT USERNAME HERE}\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

C:\Documents and Settings\{INSERT USERNAME HERE}\Application Data\Microsoft\Office

I could be wrong, but I'm 99% sure that's where the current Outlook data are stored, however I'm running 2000 on the current machine so the folder locations could be different for newer versions of Outlook.  There could also be Outlook data stored in other locations - MS can be fairly brain dead when it relates to centrally locating information for backup purposes.  If Outlook is set to archive your information every so many days, the archive data may be stored in another location...I'm not 100% sure as when I've used Outlook I shut off the auto-archive feature. 

You can also import/export to a file under the Outlook "File" menu option and then store that file.  You could also set Outlook to auto archive (I believe under "Tools" -> "Options" -> "Other" tab) to a location of your choice every X number of days (I believe you can tell it to not delete the information stored in Outlook when it archives) and you could then backup the file created in that location.

No matter what you do, I would recommend that when dealing with Outlook files that you store multiple backups...in other words, don't just have one file that you rely on to be your only source of recovery.  If the DB gets corrupted on your backup you're just as hosed but if you can fall back to an older date, hopefully you'll be ok.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: July 16, 2006, 06:18:56 PM »
Generally it's not a good idea to disconnect the cable without stopping the drive.

You might be able to work around the issue this way:
-Open My Computer
-Right click the External Hardrive
-Select Properties
-Select the "Hardware" Tab
-Select the Drive that appears to be your External HD
-Click Properties
-Select the "Policies" Tab
-Choose the radio button for "Optimize for Quick Removal"
-Restart

Hopefully that will do it for you.  Performance will degrade somewhat because you won't be using the External HD's cache as effectively/possibly not at all.  If that doesn't work, something is using your External HD continuously, which would be why Windows cannot stop it.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: July 16, 2006, 12:21:22 PM »
If you want to run VISTA, then i would recommend getting a video card upgrade if you have the option. It  is one of those options on a laptop that can NEVER be upgraded...

Another reason to get the graphics card is that it might improve the resale value slightly.  You'd be buying the top end of the T series anyways with the 15" screen...you might as well pay the extra $100 or whatever it is with a student discount for the difference in the machines.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Public vs. Private
« on: July 16, 2006, 12:16:29 PM »
It seems to me the problem for people shopping around for the lowest tuition is that although public schools are regularly cheaper than private schools, they rarely have the funds available to bring tuition down to $0...which some private schools can and will do.  On this board especially, people have pretty strong scores and they're looking to either maximize their school's reputation, minimize their cost of attendance, or some mix of the two.  I focussed on minimize the cost of attendance with some geographic restrictions, so I'll be paying almost nothing to attend my in-state public law school, however the school isn't highly ranked.

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