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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Help me decide on a laptop...
« on: April 30, 2007, 03:46:06 PM »
If a 5 year old laptop is good enough in any way, you're not really a demanding PC user tbh. Even the best of the best 5 years ago is pretty shabby even if it was still working just fine :p

As for XP vs. Vista I must say I'm very happy with Vista, but it requires an extra chunk of ram. But it's very pretty ;)

Have you consulted with the tech group at your law school as to whether the exam software is compatible with Vista?

I have not, but I haven't yet found a single program that doesn't work in Vista, although some require compatibility mode. I would be very surprised if this turned out to be a problem at all.

Currently Secureexam doesn't officially support Vista. I read about support arriving in the summer.

Examsoft currently is compatible with Vista.


So, I'm most likely going the BlackBook route with 2gigs of RAM. I'm kinda pissed that OSX 10.5 isn't coming out until October, just in time for me to not get it.

For dual booting, should I go with XP Pro or Vista Business? I continue to hear bad things about Vista at this point, but don't want to have to just buy it in a year or two.

Run with XP pro. Schools aren't ready for Vista yet.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Minnesota Class of 2010
« on: April 25, 2007, 03:46:54 PM »
Definitely a compliment. P-dubbers beat out D-dubbers any day of the year. You always have to keep track of and quote the d-dubbers so people don't think you're talking to yourself.

Back on track here: am I crazy for wanting to rent in the Bloomington area? I've got a gang of kids, so living right up next to the LS isn't an option...

That's where I live and my wife and I enjoy the area. Rents are reasonable too, if that is what your plan is. PM me if you want to know more.


I don't use many programs...just the internet, Acrobat, iTunes, & Microsoft Office...every now & then some photo-editing.  I am incredibly impatient...when stuff is slow opening or takes to long to process, I get angry.  >:(  Speed is my first concern, reliability is second, design & weight is third.  I want something pretty & not too plain & it can't be super-heavy or too thick...I'd prefer something under 6 pounds.  I'd prefer a 12" to 14" screen.  I want something $1500 or less after the cost of a 3-year warranty (or longer). 
So far, I'm liking the 13" white MacBook & the Sony Vaio C Series (a little pricey for me).  Does anyone have any other suggestions that seem to better fit what I'm looking for?

Just make sure that whatever you get, you put in at least 2 gigs of memory. It makes a world of difference in Vista and definitely helps in OS-X.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best Ultraportable Laptop Notebook for law school?
« on: April 24, 2007, 03:46:11 PM »
For someone who doesn't do any real gaming or anything, is there an advantage to owning a macbook pro over a macbook?

I wouldn't think so. Plus the Macbook has a smaller footprint. It boils down to personal choice. I prefer the Macbook Pro's keyboard and general fit and finish and deem it worthy to pay extra for. Jus make sure that whichever one you buy, you get 2 gb of RAM. I think that has become the new minimum and is certainly helpful if you plan on running a windows virtual machine.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best Ultraportable Laptop Notebook for law school?
« on: April 23, 2007, 10:13:19 PM »
I know macs are superior, but it's just odd to see that inferior pc's still maintain the majority.  And sadly, I'll be in the inferior majority until all of my fav programs (and my SO!) come around to the world of macs.

I really don't want to start some kind of Mac v. PC war here, but I wouldn't want a comment like this to go uncontested.  I think perhaps the problem here is how we might define superior.  I suspect that we cannot define what this means for all computer users.  As for me, I choose to use a PC, not because Macs are too expensive or because I don't want to learn how to use one.  I know how to use a Mac and my laptop is about the same price as a high performance Mac of a similar type. 

I like the freedom that the PC format has, which allows for innovation to come from any direction, not just from the top down like Apple.  I don't want Steve Jobs determining how all of my computers will look and function.  I want tons of different people determining how things will work, then I'll try my best to choose what I want.  Right now my choice is a Thinkpad X60s.  It's incredibly strong and has a great battery life (8hrs).  I've had it for over a year and I've yet to experience a single glitch.  I'd be shocked if someone could possibly explain to me how this machine is somehow inferior.  I'll put it up against a Mac anyday.  But wait, Apple doesn't bother to make a comparable ultralight.  Hmm...

In most campuses, owning a PC will mean less headaches when dealing with networks (especially network printing), nevermind the whole taking exams on your laptop struggle. I recently made the switch to a Macbook pro (from a thinkpad!). While I miss the convenience of easy network printing for one, it still does not equal the PITA that Windows XP can sometimes place on a user. In the end, it all boils down to personal choice. I can use XP when I need to via Parallels yet enjoy the many benefits of OS-X. Thinkpads are cool. I can respect your choice (I used to own a X41 tablet).


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Apologies to A.D.D. sufferers, but...
« on: April 22, 2007, 07:38:27 AM »
some of y'all are beginning to annoy me...

extra time on tests does not necessariily = higher scores. You know what you know, you can't exactly learn anything more in these extra few hours...although i'll say that most of the time the school provides time and half for students with ADD..not double time.

these students with ADD (not the falsely diagnosed ones) are usually super-bright and got by pretty well until college or whatever. then they got extra time for their learning disability. That means that these lawyers will have to take their work home and work later into the night than you will. is that an advantage, i think not.

and students with true add is most likely somewhat less common in law school than in UG because law school utilizes certian skills that people with *reading* disabilities naturally have a harder time with.

so stop female doging because most likely you won't have one in your class, and if you do that student will most likely struggle more becuase s/he will have to spend more time reading than y'all because of ADD/ADHD

learn the aDA....some of you will have to defend it, god forbid

The requirement under the ADA (42 USC section 12102) is as follows:

The person must show that they have a physical or mental disability that substantially limits a major life activity.

If you had to litigate this, you wouldn't have that hard a time establishing the first and third prongs ie that ADD is a mental disability and that "major life activities" are affected. Where you would run into trouble is showing that the major life activity of let say, "reading," is substantially limited by the ADD. This inquiry itself is subject to a separate three part analysis (nature and severity, duration or expected duration, permanent or long term impact) and seems to be (after reading related case law) the most difficult part to prove.

Do you have anything else to add Pookie? A good source on this topic is Matthies (a regular on this board) who has had to travel this road with his own diagnosis of ADD. Hopefully he will see this post and add his perspective.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Apologies to A.D.D. sufferers, but...
« on: April 21, 2007, 11:02:26 PM »
Exams and practical work isn't the same, so I don't really see a conflict in it. That being said, twice as long seems excessive. In Norway medical conditions tends to give you an hour extra on a 4-6 hour exam, which I believe is fair enough.

I agree with this. My computer crapped out on me about a 1/3 of the way into exam last semester and I got an extra 30 mins which was entirely enough. Granted, I simply have no idea what kind of calculus A.D.D .brings into the situation but double the time? That seems really excessive. I have a classmate that suffers from ADD and he seems to be doing just fine without any extensions.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Mac Note Taking Programs
« on: April 19, 2007, 07:33:19 PM »
Is it forbidden to recommend PC programs, specifically Onenote 2007? Didn't want to be a thread crapper but I have been running it via Parallels for the last month with absolutely no hiccups. It is an ideal situation given that I can operate it within its own window and otherwise use my MBP as it was intended, under OS-X.

IMHO Onenote 2007 is the most easiest note taking program out there for newcomers to learn. Word is inherently more feature rich but sometimes inflexable in use. I have classmates that use Omni Outliner (OO) and love it. Some say it offers better outlining features than Onenote. I cannot personally attest since I haven't had time to really check it out on my own. Perhaps as a 2L next year I may try it for a semester <shrugs>


Incoming 1Ls / Re: law school preparation
« on: April 16, 2007, 08:02:05 AM »
You should prepare by having as much fun as possible, travel as you can, read what you like, and generally enjoy life. You'll have enough to do related to law school soon enough; I'm skeptical that early prep does much, if anything.


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