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If somebody has experience running windows off of a mac is it just as quick as it would be on a PC or is it considerably slower.

If you have an intel based mac and are using parallels the experience is very satisfactory - in fact the virtusl machine actually boots up in about 15 secs, much less than any other windows based system I have ever had. Performance while in windows is not different than bootcamp - the only limitation being games (cannot utilize GPU through any virtual machine I know of).

check out this link.

http://www.macworld.com/2007/04/features/windows_parallels/index.php

Oingo

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A little advice for anyone thinking of buying an IBM Thinkpad for school next year.  I bought one before my 1L year and have had nothing but problems with it.  I realize this is far off the norm for Thinkpads but although I've had some hardware related problems, the biggest problem has been their customer service.  For instance, I've been without my computer for 4 weeks as of tomorrow because they're morons.  They sent me the box, fixed my computer and attempted to mail it back to me.  After I wasn't home the first 2x DHL tried to deliver, they allowed me to change the address that it was being sent to so I could have it sent to my parents' house.  I had to go through IBM to do this and they assured me it would go to the right address.  A week later they called to verify my address b/c they had yet again tried to send it to my apartment and it had been sent back to them in Tennessee.  Then a week after that I finally called them and asked them where the hell it was, they got DHL on the phone (AGAIN) and said sure we'll send it out.  We'll see.  I hate them.  Word to the wise:  if you get one and have a problem with it, just freaking chuck it.  It's not worth the aggravation of dealing with their customer service idiots.

That's why I paid $365 for 4 years of complete care and at home service at Dell. Another good option would have been Apple since they don't break down often and if they do you can always bring it to their Apple store. The main reason why I got a Dell was because it allowed me to get a decently pimped out system for a relatively low price with a warranty that would guarantee it for 4 years no matter what. I also like to play video games so I needed a good system, not that I'll be doing that during law school. So far I've been very impressed with Dell because there have been no problems or breakdowns. I did have to buy ZoneAlarm Security Suite to protect myself from virus's, spyware, and the like.

I have the home service warranty, but when they diagnosed it over the phone they said it was something that they would have to do at their service center and I would have to send it to them.  The first problem (after my friend spilled coffee on it) also had to be dealt with at their place.  When the system board broke down (the second time) they actually came out to fix it at my house.  I was prepared when I bought it, and Thinkpads rarely have problems.  I have a lemon, and on top of that, really bad customer service.

Hmmmm....I agree that the customer service people at Lenovo are a PITA to deal with. I pretty much ended up giving my X41 tablet to a family member after I got fed up with its performance related issues. I have a Macbook Pro now and am MUCH happier.

What kind of Thinkpad did you have?

Oingo

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Don't go.

Read the mirror of justice link carefully. I don't know how anyone could feel comfortable going there after reading it. I can now understand why we have a few Ave Maria transfers at our school. I wouldn't be surprised if we have a few more next semester.

Oingo

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Yay for the no-longer-1Ls!!!
« on: May 05, 2007, 01:04:32 AM »
I have a 4 hour Con Law exam on Saturday (Saturday?!?!) and Property on Tuesday!  Then write on for journal.  Then I am done being a 1L!  Hooray!

Congrats to you Jolie!  It was a tough race, but you won it!  :)

8 hour con law exam for us next week :(

Oingo

8 hours?????  I never had anything even close to that when I was a 1L!  That's awful!
Is that one of those check-out in the morning, and check-in in the afternoon things?

My con law was 4.5 hrs, as I recall. And I used it all.

Now, I just have 1 more final. And that big ol' exam looming this summer.

Good luck to the 2Ls on the upcoming "work you to death" year.

Yup, we get it in the morning and have to hand it in 8 hours later. Part of me likes the flexibility, another part just wishes it were a regular 3-4 hour final.

Oingo

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Yay for the no-longer-1Ls!!!
« on: May 03, 2007, 09:34:39 PM »
I have a 4 hour Con Law exam on Saturday (Saturday?!?!) and Property on Tuesday!  Then write on for journal.  Then I am done being a 1L!  Hooray!

Congrats to you Jolie!  It was a tough race, but you won it!  :)

8 hour con law exam for us next week :(

Oingo

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Yay for the no-longer-1Ls!!!
« on: May 03, 2007, 05:35:14 PM »
Thanks Jolie :)

I still have a crim law and a con law final to write. I'll be done on the 9th. I swear I just want to get drunk and puke on a sidewalk somewhere. I'll have to wait until next week.

Oingo

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Help me decide on a laptop...
« on: April 30, 2007, 05:46:06 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.

http://lawregistrar.blogspot.com/2007/01/secureexam-and-vista-not-so-fast.html

Examsoft currently is compatible with Vista.

http://www.scu.edu/law/blog/lcomp/vista-is-qualified-for-examsoft-softest-(flexsite).cfm

Oingo

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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.

Oingo

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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.

Oingo

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