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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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Incoming 1Ls / Re: x60 or x60 tablet
« on: April 12, 2007, 09:17:01 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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Incoming 1Ls / Re: x60 or x60 tablet
« on: April 12, 2007, 01:10:03 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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Incoming 1Ls / Re: x60 or x60 tablet
« on: April 10, 2007, 01:22:34 PM »
and its also smaller than a regular X60 I believe

The tablet is larger and heavier than the regular X60 and the X60s.

The use of the words "large" and "heavy" add to much significance to the weight difference. We are not even talking about a full pound.

The X60 tablet is a convertible and serves just fine as a regular laptop. It's only when you swivel the scren that you notice the difference.

Depending on your configuration, the price penalty can be slight or severe. In either case though, it is worth it.

Oingo

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: x60 or x60 tablet
« on: April 10, 2007, 11:45:54 AM »
I have experience with the X41 tablet. Lenovo makes some really nice machines. The performance issues I experienced with my X41 are mostly gone in the X60 tablet.

Visit www.gottabemobile.com for a bunch of information and discussion about tablets in general.

As for the tablet usefulness in law school - yes it is worth getting, especially if you plan on using Onenote 2007. Others will disagree b ut either way you will end up with a fine machine.

Oingo

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Now onto a completely different topic :)

I have recently replaced the aforementioned X41 tablet with a Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro. This is a performance machine that will do it all. I use this program called "Parallels" to run Onenote 2007 and a few other XP programs that I still use. OS-X is such a pleasure to use! My school uses Securexam so there is a OS-X version available. Even if there wasn't, I'd would borrow a laptop (in my case, just use my old X41).

I'm in the gushing mode right now - perhaps in another month or so I may have something to gripe about (I suspect it might be network printer configuration related - this process is not as "smooth" as XP). Otherwise I am a happy camper!

Oingo

Specs? 15 inch Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro with 2 gigs ram and 120 gb HD

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This is the thread that will never die :)

Last year I wrote in this thread about my purchase of a X41 tablet. Aside from some [correctable] performance issues the machine has held up well and its successor, the X60 tablet pretty much resolves what I think is the last hurdle in fully embracing tablet technology. The Med students love tablets more becuase they spend more time on their feet taking notes etc etc. That said, there were many classroom situations (think Civ Pro) where diagramming on the fly was very very helpful. Onenote 2007 - I do not know what people did before this program came out. IMHO it is a much more workable solution than using word. The experience is more "enriching" when you are a tablet pc user because 2007 offers tablet specifc tools that make document manipulation easier (I will try and post examples later).

If you do decide to go the Lenovo route, make sure to allow sometimes up to a month for delivery. They have a history of serious supply change problems with certain models (including now the X60 tablet).

Oingo

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laptops - do we really need to buy new ones?
« on: April 05, 2007, 06:23:48 AM »
Nope, you don't HAVE to buy a new one. Just realize that law school will place certain stress on you and your computer. It will become an extension of you almost with as much time as you'll spend with it. Just make sure that whatever you got, you really REALLY like it.

Oingo

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Running ExamSoft via BootCamp on a new Mac
« on: April 04, 2007, 02:31:23 PM »
We use secureexam so this isn't an issue at our school. Question to those using parallels - does the program partition off a section of your hard drive for running windows? Do you get to set it size? Can you recover it if you decide to remove the program?

Oingo

The new parallels uses the boot camp partition, prior to that it created its own image on the hd. You still have this option, but using the boot camp partition is superb.

That being said, parallels also has a cool viewing mode called "coherence" it puts your windows programs on the dock and integrates them into your workspace in OSX. It is super sick. I now use parallels more than actually booting into XP.

Dude, does that literally mean that I can run Onenote 2007 as if it were a literal Mac app?

wow.

Oingo

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Running ExamSoft via BootCamp on a new Mac
« on: April 04, 2007, 07:21:05 AM »
We use secureexam so this isn't an issue at our school. Question to those using parallels - does the program partition off a section of your hard drive for running windows? Do you get to set it size? Can you recover it if you decide to remove the program?

Oingo

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