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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: July 15, 2006, 08:12:23 PM »
I would get a gig of RAM and forego the ATI card, as it will serve no functional purpose and will decrease battery life.

I disagree.  Get the ATI card, you can always add memory later...adding the video card may not be possible.  I don't know that particular model of graphics card but I've read that the power loss between discrete and integrated graphics cards need not be overly large.  Most laptop graphics cards allow you to select a power saving mode to conserve energy.  On the sony Vaio SZ with integrated and discrete cards, the battery savings was 30 minutes or less.

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4k?  wow.  no living expenses?

Yeah, no additional living expenses...we were paying to live in this city anyway so we're incurring no additional expenses by my attending school.

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Is anyone else getting this?

People cracking comments like "stay ethical" "Don't be an a-hole" and other stay away from the dark side comments are bombarding me even from people I barely or don't even know.

Should I just get used to constantly defending my chosen profession?

I haven't heard this sentiment at all from anyone and I've been talking about going to law school for 2-3 years now.  Maybe it helps that the people I talk to know lawyers personally, maybe it helps that the people I know are less cynical and more knowledgeable about the world in general, or maybe it helps that when they ask what I want to do I invariably say "some form of public service."

Lawyers have told me that practice generally isn't much fun but that law school was great.  Given that I will only walk away with $4,000 debt, even if I don't enjoy practice and want to get out I'm not that much in the hole.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: July 13, 2006, 05:47:46 PM »
How does these specs stack up?  Will this notebook be sufficient for 3 years of law school?  I did not even consider the ThinkPad until I read the reviews on this thread.


Product Description:    Lenovo ThinkPad X60 - Core Duo T2400 1.83 GHz - 12.1" TFT

From what I've read, when compared to the X60s the X60 runs hotter, the battery lasts not quite as long, the machine can't use the slim version of the 4-cell battery, the machine is slightly heavier, and the fan runs more often, runs faster, and is louder.  The main advantage of the X60 is that you get a faster processor...that's about it.  I'm a pretty demanding computer user and I haven't been disappointed by the X60s' low voltage L2400 duo processor; in fact I've heard of people ordering the L2300 because it's even cooler and quieter and they're still quite happy with the performance.

An extra you might consider: bluetooth...some people with cell phones can use their phone to provide the laptop with an internet connection when away from a convenient network.  It's not absolutely needed...you could always buy a USB bluetooth device.  A nice convenience is finger print reader...it's great if you were actually going to secure your system anyway.  With a single swipe of my finger I'm automatically logged into the machine, into the hardrive, into the BIOS, and into Windows XP.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: July 13, 2006, 12:53:05 PM »
i did lots of looking around and finally settled on this iomega: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007W2IW4/104-3812722-1775122?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=172282

it's 250 gb/7200 rpm, got good reviews, and was only $140. i haven't used it yet but it looks good (and has a power switch). if it ends up having problems i'll share.

The only issue with this particular drive is the 2MB cache size.  2MB is on the low end and 8MB is the next step up.  The cache will improve the speed/efficiency of the drive up to a point.


250GB is outrageous.  You should go with an 80GB for much less $$$.

It all depends on what you do with the drive.  If you just store text files, 80GB is overkill - in fact, 80MB would be overkill in that case.  If you store ISOs or WAV files then you can burn through 80GB in no time.

The difference between $85 and $140 is not what I would characterize as much less; I'd say you're getting much less drive than money you'd be saving...you save 39% but lose 68% of the drive space.  Still, you can do better than $140 for a 250GB external drive.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Planet Law School II
« on: July 13, 2006, 12:08:19 PM »
I'm reading the Torts E&E... I actually find it kind of fun... does that make me weird?

Torts was actually really fascinating, though it does lose some of its momentum in the later chapters.

Contracts was probably the most boring one I read.  Civil procedure was fascinating and Property has turned out to be more interesting than I expected...I haven't made my way to Estates and Future Interests so it may yet become a snoozer.  I haven't cracked Con or Crim law but I suspect they'll hold my attention.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: July 13, 2006, 11:09:56 AM »
Damn Harvard and its discounts!  Lol.  I'm just jealous.  Uber-jealous.

Alumni of Harvard can also receive the same discount, so if you attended for undergrad or something else...

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Contracts: Edition 3 - 2004
Property: Edition 2 - 2004
Civil Procedure: Edition 5 - 2006
Torts: Edition 3 - 2005
Constitutional Law: Edition 3 - 2004

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Residency Question
« on: July 10, 2006, 06:46:40 PM »
Some deny residency based on going home for winter break, etc.

Wow, I find that difficult to believe but I guess it is possible.  Fortunately, residency is generally dictated by specific state statutes that you can look up and there is often a procedure in place for appealing a decision/uneven application of the law by a state institution.

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