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Incoming 1Ls / Re: All you crazy computer kids out there
« on: June 20, 2006, 08:44:55 AM »
Cool.  I will just get it from the school.  I think it's like $25 or something.

Yeah, it all depends on the deal your school has negotiated with Microsoft.  Sometimes schools offer several versions of Office that you can buy (e.g. Standard versus Professional).  For law school, I'd say all you need is Office Standard (check, but it usually comes with Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).  I think Professonal comes with those and both Access and Publisher, plus a few other things you won't really need either.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: All you crazy computer kids out there
« on: June 20, 2006, 08:11:51 AM »
It comes with notepad and wordpad.

It does not come with any of the Microsoft Office suite (which includes Word).

Schools will often offer MS Office to their students for a low academic rate.

If that is too much for you, you can use an open source office suite:

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Health Insurance
« on: June 19, 2006, 06:08:56 PM »
Depending on where you're at, you might see if there are any health cooperatives in your area.  It sounds hippier than it really is.  Many of them started in the 50s and have grown to be fairly large, but they're normally in a particular state or region within a state.  There's one in the Seattle area called Group Health Cooperative and I've heard of ones in Wisconsin.  Basically they own the clinics, hospitals, & pharmacies and have their own doctors & staff.  They also act as their own insurance provider to members (i.e. people who pay a monthly insurance fee).  Out-of-network can be pretty expensive but in network can be amazingly reasonable because they're not for-profit and often they're looking at the most cost-effective uses of healthcare dollars (preventitive medicine, well-child checks, etc.).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: one more laptop question
« on: June 19, 2006, 06:01:57 PM »
I'm not a big Dell fan, but I'd say get the Dell over the Sony.  The SZ looks pretty and that's just about all you'll be getting.

I got it free from my school, so I'll definitely be playing with it this summer.  I think there are some case brief templates out there somewhere...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How much use will my laptop get?
« on: June 17, 2006, 09:31:56 AM »
Seriously, I have seen a number of classmates loose everything, notes, outlines, papers...   

Did she also "Cry havoc, and loose the Dogs of War!" while she was at it?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: what do you think about this computer?
« on: June 14, 2006, 11:11:29 PM »
Now that you've tried the X series and it's out, go try the SZ...CompUSA has them to demo.  It's beautiful on paper but it wasn't as impressive in person; I tried it out: it felt cheap and I was unimpressed by Sony's component choices (slower memory and 5400rpm drive).  Plus the HD is not user upgradeable and you can't even pay to have anyone replace/change it.

I'm not sure how much it matters but:
SZ: 3.7 pounds
T60: 4.8 pounds (optical drive out and a 6-cell battery)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: June 14, 2006, 12:03:25 PM »
Gunner Laptop

Coming in at 18 pounds, that might be the douchiest machine someone could bring to law school.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: June 13, 2006, 11:53:26 AM »
Sad to say no.  There were genuine pros and cons to each for me:  Weight v size, Navpad v track point, optical drive v none, etc.  im a big impulse buyer so whgat the heck ill have uses for both in different situations.  Im happy with them and the fact that i got them both under 2,700 was even better.

Is that $2,700 for both or each one cost less than $2,700?

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