Lenovo has a sale on Thinkpads right now. 15% off I think. Goes until 4-2-07.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you have any experience with tablet PCs? I was considering the prospect of getting a Thinkpad Tablet, I think they are x41s. Tablets seem that they would be convienent for a law school student, but I can't find any students with them to verify this. Folding the screen and reading it like a book, and being able to markup files with notes sounds really useful. I've had friends in IT who tried tablets when they first came out. At first they loved them but as time went on they liked them less and less and cited the biggest issue is the software that recognizes your writing. That was then, I'm not sure if tablet PCs have made any strides since then.
I have elements flags, case cite flags, "code" flags (for code based classes like civ pro), and question flags to flag questions I need to ask the professor. Then, at the end, I can run a report of all the stuff with elements this semester in, say, property and get all the elements of gifts, or list of all the cases, in the order we used them, and a one line holding of why that case matters. I didn't do it last semester, but I think it might make studying easier.
Yes, but as an X41 Tablet owner I can tell you that Lenovo's customer service people stink. Meh, but then again, who actually has good customer service anyway?
In what way would you say they stink? Of every computer manufacturer out there, I would say they are far and away the best. For one, it's US based so you don't have issues understanding the person on the other end, and every experience I have had with them has been a good one.
I'd be curious to hear in what way you feel they stink (I handle MANY computers, so I've had my fair share of dealing with customer service people, and I wonder if it's something I missed, or something that was truly bad but never happened to me). They will even give a person a new computer (much better than the one they had before) quite often. Their support is still handled by IBM btw.