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Just thought I would let everyone know I got a MacBook Pro for a graduation present yesterday ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

It rocks.

Did you get the glossy screen? The matte?

How is it in general?


St Thomas, ranked for the first time, is in the third tier. Not bad considering that most new school start in the 4th tier. With the hire of Paulsen and other new faculty additions it may not be long before St Thomas becomes a 2nd tier school.


Anybody heading to Minnesota? University of St Thomas, in its first year of ranking has come out as a tier 3 which is pretty good when you consider the program is only 6 years old.

Plus, the best news of all came yesterday when it was announced that we hired away Michael Paulsen, a Con law scholar, from the University of Minnesota. We had him for a guest lecturer and he was rather good (gave a nice alternative view of the war powers clause).


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best Laptop
« on: March 24, 2007, 06:41:45 PM »
Lenovo has a sale on Thinkpads right now. 15% off I think. Goes until 4-2-07.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best Ultraportable Laptop Notebook for law school?
« on: March 24, 2007, 03:57:37 PM »

No one thought bittrsweet was hot for intelligently talking about PCs in addition to looking hot? Man, I'm a dork. :(

that's the best compliment yet!

on a different note, what are people's experiences with tablets? i know four years ago when i was considering them they were not particularly sturdy, but i'm sure that's changed.

at the same time, i wonder how much i'd really use it. i think i just like new gadgets :-\

My friend who is a HUGE computer geek (runs fedora, owns his own web hosting company, and basically controls the internet at our school) just got the new toshiba tablet - the r400. It is AMAZING. Perfect response, understands even his terribly awful handwriting. His brother had the older version, so he knew how it worked and he was almost 100% positive he would like it. Since it is the one that I want for law school... i keep trying to get him to let me borrow his. Too bad computer people are incredibly posessive...

I'm the same way though, can't blame him...

Tablets are getting better and sturdier. I like being able to draw diagrams in my notes, so I definitely want one for LS. I wouldn't get a gateway though... Fujitsu, Toshiba and Lenovo are the best I think. I don't think HP's new tablet is awful either.

I know of 0 other law students at my school (T14) who have a tablet. I can confidently tell you that it would be a complete waste of money.

so becuase you know 0 other law students at your school who have a tablet you can confidently tell someone that tablets are a waste of money?

Sounds pretty conclusionary to me. I must be missing something? It seems like you would have to at least base your opinion off of at least 1 person's account?


We have a couple of Ave Maria transfers this year. There biggest complaint leaving iis the uncertainty of the future of the school. IMHO the school founder is nuts for moving the school so soon after acheiving accreditation. I have heard rumours that the move itself could threaten accreditation.

Ave Maria is a risky move.


I'm not pregnant, but hoping to be in about two weeks when we finish our first IVF cycle.

Originally, I was supposed to be done by now and would have been due in early November, so I figured I'd have to defer one year. Now, however, the IVF process has been slooooow and I wouldn't be due until mid-December. Finals are about a week later.

I'm beginning to think that NOT deferring would be the best option. I'm going PT, so I start in the summer. I'd be able to get through almost all of fall term, and could take my fall finals during the break between fall/spring. Spring doesn't start until the hypothetical baby would be almost two months old. I'd be off work entirely from December 1-early May, so I'd actually be able to finish the entire Spring term without working at all.

I'm looking into a couple of different work options, one of which is only 30 hours per week. I'm going to school full-time right now, and working 60-80 hours per week, so I'm not overly concerned about the time in class. I'm really just hoping to hear from others who have had babies around this time frame and how it worked out for them. I sort of feel like if I can juggle these work hours and full-time school and all of the medical stuff for IVF, being home with a baby and going to part-time school for a semester would be cake! But, maybe I'm missing something.


It is doable :)

We had our first child at the end of November. We too, went through the rigors of IVF. My Mother in law was a huge help to my wife and I - had she not been there for the first 3 weeks, I am not sure what we would have done.

I am not working at all this 1L year. Next year will probably be different. My wife is lucky enough to have a job she can do from home - so that helps.

Let me know if you have any specific questions,


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best Ultraportable Laptop Notebook for law school?
« on: March 06, 2007, 08:08:49 PM »
i have a 2.2 pound sony vaio from four years ago (PCG-4A1L). i love the fact that it's ultra-small. sony's notoriously have battery issues (i think they even placed a recall) and mine drained pretty early in the game. i think that the computer is a bit overpriced, but i've been really happy with it. you eventually get used to the smallness of the screen, and honestly as long as you have an external monitor for when you're home watching movies, etc, it's not a big deal. i do notice that boys have problems with the keyboard. i have small hands so it's perfect for me.

i'm thinking about buying a new ultraportable before law school. one issue i know i'm having right now is that running multiple programs gets sloooooooooow. i really think that if i'm going to have a laptop for the next few years i should go with the intel core duo processor, but the smallest ultraportables don't have it yet. i don't want to go bigger after having my current laptop. guess i'm spoiled.

i did read about the panasonic R6 which looks HOT and does have the core duo, 1 GB RAM and 120 gig hard drive i want. buuuuut, i don't know anything about panasonics and this laptop is brand-spanking-new, not even released in the US. if anyone has any info/opinions, let me know.

Toshibas are nice in this regard. I think a couple of people have gotten the R200's. Not to be a Lenovo hack but is the X60 too big of a laptop for you? J/C becuase it has a nice combination of size/performance. I wouldn't get anything less than Core2Duo and 2 gigs RAM if I was spending money at this point.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best Ultraportable Laptop Notebook for law school?
« on: March 06, 2007, 03:14:34 PM »
My main choices will be: tablet vs. regular ultraportable; Panasonic Toughbook vs. Lenovo (IBM). The Toughbooks are awesome, you can spill and entire soda into one, hose it down with regular water, and be good to go. And drive over some of them with a truck. Granted, I probably wouldn't end up with one of those models, but I think most all of them have shock-resistant hard drives that can be dropped up to 3 feet, and seem pretty much indestructible with everyday use. But WOW are they expensive.

Lenovo is a more financially reasonable choice, I think, but I'm concerned about the pointing stick rather than touchpad. I actually really like touchpads, so it would take some serious getting used to. I wish I knew someone who had one I could play with for awhile to decide whether it's something I could live with or if it would drive me nuts.

I'm still torn on the tablet issue, though. I've had lots of situations recently where I thought a tablet PC would be great to have, and I'm sure that when I'm in school there will be even more instances of this. But I'm still not completely convinced that it's worth the extra cost. I'm sure I'll dither about it until August or so unless some amazing deal comes along before then.

I'd wait - the best deals last year occured in the summer months. The other upside of waiting is that it will be easier to get a Lenovo X60 tablet in the configuration you want in the least amount of time. Just trust me on the fact that the Lenovo tablet is the best one in the market.

As for the benefits of the tablet form factor - well that has been a mixed bag for me. I have the X41 tablet - using the pen to navigate is much more natural than using a mouse. Filling out and then signing PDF documents printing them out and saving them for future faxing or use has become old hat.

Was it worth the premium? It depends - I could have bought a notebook X60s with the money I spent on the X41 tablet. The performance issues of the X41 have been at times frustrating to say the least. I hear the X60 tablet is well over twice as fast as the X41, so that helps. The rub in the case of the X60 tablet is price. You will probably have to spend $2500 to get a system that will perform well with Vista. Since the X41 tablet I bought was near the end of its product life, I spent about $1000 less.

At $2500, I'd think long and hard about which situations the tablet form factor would benefit you. Since cost wasn't heavily factored into my desicion, the calculus was different.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Who sells affordable,sturdy study desk?
« on: February 28, 2007, 07:33:08 PM »
First of all, let me say "Wassup!" to Matthies. There, done - Listen to this guy - he knows of what he speaks :)

As for advice, if it hasn't already been mentioned, puruse Craigslist before dropping any money anywhere else. Most of the supplies to make Matthies idea work are there. If that doesn't pan out, there are plenty of good desks that come up from time to time.

We just bought a really nice teacher's desk from Craiglist. The thing is pretty deep and holds an incredible amount of junk. It will be a pain to move but alas a joy before we have to. I can fit most if not all my night's reading on it.


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