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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.

Oingo

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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.

Oingo

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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).

Oingo

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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.

Oingo

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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.

Oingo

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Mac Note Taking Programs
« on: April 19, 2007, 09:33:19 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>

Oingo

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: law school preparation
« on: April 16, 2007, 10:02:05 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.

Co-signed

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The best option for backup was suggested to me lst year in this very thread.

Check out www.mozy.com

It has saved my skin once or twice already and after my wife's laptop got stolen we didn't miss a beat. The best way to back up - bar-none.

Oingo

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: x60 or x60 tablet
« on: April 12, 2007, 11:17:01 PM »
I would only be worried about fastballs, like, "This OTHER case pertinent to this topic, but which isn't part of the required reading is in your book on page blah blah."



My same concern regarding the idea that you can take your casebook apart and just bring the pages that support the current week on the syllabus.

Although...our big Xerox here at work will scan docs into pdfs.  So, if you're taking a casebook apart at a Kinko's...what's to say they can't run it through their big scanner?  No clue about the cost though, but you'd still have the hard copy and digital ones.

Yeah, I'm not quite sure how to work around it. =/ Seems like it's either the whole book or bust, to be safe. Le sigh.

I can attest to this not being workable from experience. I used a X41 tablet this past year and the best solution (to me) seemed to be scanning those pages that are essential to your brief, OCR'ing them, then cut and pasting the text that you need. When you are using a "plug in" type of template along with Onenote, this becomes a very workable solution.

We were also very lucky to have professors who would send us PDF's of cases outside the assigned readings out of the casebook. These were very markable with programs such as PDF annotator and Bluebeam PDF - the latter more useful IMHO.

I'm typing this on my new Macbook Pro. Obviously, my love for tablets didn't last. Not becuase they aren't useful (they are) but because in nearly all of them there are some real performance sacrifices that are made for the sake of battery life. This is what killed my relationship with my X41. The X60 tablet is in a much much better position however, to be your fulltime "notebook."

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

Oingo

See, the way I see it, the advantage of a tablet over a regular laptop is increased class participation (seriously) because you won't be staring at a vertical screen, but looking down at one. Furthermore, it would be easier to read e-books on a tablet... and lastly, by hand-writing notes, you force yourself to do a little more processing of the information... but obviously I've never used a tablet.

How bad is the 1024x768 resolution? I have a t43 thinkpad 14" with 1400x1050 resolution, and I think a 12" 1024x768 would have identical pixel density... but anyways, there are 12" screens with 1024x768-- worth it? that compared to multi-touch.

The resolution is just fine. In fact the writing surface really does feel like a 8.5 x 11 notebook. So yeah, they are worth it. That said, your earlier comments give me pause. You are not going to want to write as much in law school as you would think. Most times you will be better served by being a really fast typist.

When it comes to diagramming in Civ Pro or let's say doing some funky Property RAP exercises - well then sir, diagramming becomes king. Just don't plan on it being a functional day to day benefit of your purchase and you won't be disappointed.

Look up my posts on tablets in general from last cycle. I had some of the same optimistic ideas as some others who are posting now :)

Oingo

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: x60 or x60 tablet
« on: April 12, 2007, 03:10:03 PM »
I would only be worried about fastballs, like, "This OTHER case pertinent to this topic, but which isn't part of the required reading is in your book on page blah blah."

My same concern regarding the idea that you can take your casebook apart and just bring the pages that support the current week on the syllabus.

Although...our big Xerox here at work will scan docs into pdfs.  So, if you're taking a casebook apart at a Kinko's...what's to say they can't run it through their big scanner?  No clue about the cost though, but you'd still have the hard copy and digital ones.

Yeah, I'm not quite sure how to work around it. =/ Seems like it's either the whole book or bust, to be safe. Le sigh.

I can attest to this not being workable from experience. I used a X41 tablet this past year and the best solution (to me) seemed to be scanning those pages that are essential to your brief, OCR'ing them, then cut and pasting the text that you need. When you are using a "plug in" type of template along with Onenote, this becomes a very workable solution.

We were also very lucky to have professors who would send us PDF's of cases outside the assigned readings out of the casebook. These were very markable with programs such as PDF annotator and Bluebeam PDF - the latter more useful IMHO.

I'm typing this on my new Macbook Pro. Obviously, my love for tablets didn't last. Not becuase they aren't useful (they are) but because in nearly all of them there are some real performance sacrifices that are made for the sake of battery life. This is what killed my relationship with my X41. The X60 tablet is in a much much better position however, to be your fulltime "notebook."

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

Oingo

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