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Financial Aid / Re: what happens with loan checks?
« on: April 07, 2006, 07:51:53 PM »
the loans are for a 9 month period.  so when they allow say 10000 for rent, that is over 1000 per month.  i suppose if you were to attend summer classes, they may allow you the same percentage for the 3 months.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Getting ready for Law School
« on: April 01, 2006, 05:23:34 PM »
were you a ocmputer engineer, is that why your name is in binary?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: tuition and living expenses entirely out of loans??
« on: March 31, 2006, 06:17:04 AM »
i will be doing it all in loans, hopefuly federal, but tuition (15000) and an apartment (1150 is the cheapest i have found that is not a 200 sq ft studio - utilities included) plus i made the mistake of financing a car 2 years ago (250 a month-last payment is 6 months after i will graduate law school - which means i will pay a loan off with a loan - hows that for screwed and insurance and gas) then there is food, any related expenses such as visiting my family for christmas or other such occasions, books, always have to have health insurance for 500 a year through the school, their misc. fees and charges and i am looking at 45000 a year, may not be alot compared to the guy at 60,000, but 135,000 is a lot to me

Incoming 1Ls / abbreviations
« on: March 27, 2006, 01:37:16 PM »
can someone tell me what ttt is?  also what are other ones that float around, i cant remember them off hand but i know that there are others that i see and dont know.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What UG School did you gradute from?
« on: March 26, 2006, 07:45:21 AM »
lafayette college

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Choosing the Laptop for Law School
« on: March 24, 2006, 02:03:23 PM »
i actually graduated from a lafayette college, a small private college (2500 students) and no one ever used a computer and the kids that did were looked at as wierd.  in law school, the amount of research and such is much more extensive, and it is necessary to have it as far as going to the library or somewher else.  i sat in a law school class last week and the information was not so overpowering that you needed a computer for speed, but it gave you much more time to pay attention.  in a class of about 45, i woud say at least 40 had laptops up and running for notes

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laptop help!
« on: March 24, 2006, 01:48:04 PM »
I see "under 6 lbs." and see "a brick of lead."  I'm only about the "under 4 lbs." group.

Unforutantely, the lighter computers tend to be more money.  Not to mention, their keyboards tend to be narrower, no?  I have long fingers, and I feel cramped on small keyboards.
yes that is one thing.  my girlfriends aunt has a 710 M - 12.1 inch screen - and it is a nice, lightweight computer.  but the keyboard is very small.  even with narrow fingers you will mis-hit keys and such.  if you want small but not to small, maybe something with a 14 inch screen will be better for you than a 12 or 15.  as for me, i would rather spend the money on extras like speed, performance, and programs than size, but hten again i dont have money to throw around like some people do.  even though the computer for me will be included in my loan package, i would rather spend 1300 of the 2500 allocated for a computer, and spen the rest on anything - food, clothing, a present for my girlfriend, gas money - anything that is needed.  i will be going with somehing under 1500 but that has performance. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laptop help!
« on: March 24, 2006, 12:49:24 PM »
the X1 from dell, the R200 from Toshiba, and Sony Viao Tx.

There are others.  I recommend doing organized searches on and  Both of those sites should help.  Also, see other review threads.  Oingo has some great things to say about the X41 tablet, which I am also very interested in, and it weighs only 3.5 lbs.

dell x1 - so to go down a pound and a half, you would be willing to get a lower quality computer with less memory, a slower speed, and  a smaller hard drive?
And to pay more for it?

r200 - once again more money for an inferior, but lighter computer, with a slower processor and less memory

Sont tx - while its weight starts at 2.76 (bare bones) it also has a very slow processor and less memory all the while starting at about $2100. 

if the weight is that bad for someone, that 1.5 pounds are worth $1000 to over $2000, then go ahead, maybe my senses are jus a bit warped.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laptop help!
« on: March 24, 2006, 12:17:30 PM »
see the computer threads above for OneNote thoughs.

Also, i can name at least three laptops that are under 3 lbs.  the difference in three lbs of weight carried all day isn't trivial.

can you please, i would be very interested, even the dell 710 M is 4.1 lbs to start

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laptop help!
« on: March 24, 2006, 12:13:51 PM »
i have always been a fan of the HP laptops. i have configured one online : HP Pavilion dv1000 Notebook PC
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition with SP2
Intel(R) Celeron(R) M 380 (1.60 GHz)
FREE Upgrade to 14.0" WXGA BrightView Widescreen!
Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 900 - Celeron
1.0GB DDR SDRAM (2x512MB)
40 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
DVD+/-RW/R & CD-RW Combo w/Double Layer Support (backing up files is a must, need at the least a cdr - even if there is a flash drive - 2 is always better than one)
Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG WLAN
6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (computers are plugged in during class so its not an issue, sohuld get about 1:45 unplugged)
Microsoft(R) Works/Money (already have office 2003 software)
hpshopping in-box envelope
3-year HP Accidental Damage Protection with Express Repair Extended Service Plan for HP Pavilion and Presario Notebook PCs
U4821A     $349.99 

the total is 1374 plus tax.  it weighs 5.4 pounds, maybe a bit much, but they dont get much lighter than 4 - 4.5

something to also think about is microsoft onenote.  i saw it on the efollett site for 49.99 (retail 99-199) as long as you can prove you are a student (ID # or something).  this lets you create tabs for each class/project/etc. on the top of the screen.  In each tab, you can then set tabs upon the side of the screen for notes, projects, research, etc.  this allows you to have notes for all classes at your disposal in a second.  it is truely a good program that will make life easier.

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