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Current Law Students / Re: Opinions on Microsoft's OneNote
« on: July 23, 2006, 02:23:33 PM »
Hmm...not sure why there'd be a need to "close" a folder; they don't really get in the way at all, and I've never done it in the year I've used it.

For me it is a case of visual distraction.  If there are tabs at the top of something, and I'm only going to be using half of the tabs, I prefer to only have those tabs I'll be using visible.

Useage-wise, it was totally counter-intuitive to how other Microsoft tools work that include a project space.  They made it feel like closing a file from the view, yet really deleted it from the project.  Microsoft usually does a really good job of providing coherent interfaces across different software packages, so I blame it on the fact that One Note hasn't had that many releases of polish yet.

Current Law Students / Re: Opinions on Microsoft's OneNote
« on: July 22, 2006, 06:55:43 PM »
In a one hour test drive, it lost all the notes I had prepared for a certain class.  It suffered other problems as well. 

How'd it lose the notes?  It saves everything automatically as you type, and after a year of use, I've never lost anything.

I don't really know how it lost the notes.  After I had typed them out I decided to close the folder.  Little did I know that it basically deletes the folder from your views at that point.  Yes, it does appear to typically save back-ups, that's why whenever I added a folder back to a view, I would have to rename it from Backup-NameIReallyWanted.  It wasn't that hard to find the actual files it saved them to in the directory structure, but one of the folders I closed was permanently lost.

They really need to change that aspect of the interface.  I was needing something similar to a minimize option.  I wanted it to not show up in the tabs at the top, but remain in the folder.  Instead, they made it dead simple to accidentally delete it from the folder, and a pain in the rear to re-add it (re-insert from the back-up and then rename it).

Most of the time, it would have the back-up around with a little searching, but on one of the 10 or so notes it was permanently lost.

Current Law Students / Re: Opinions on Microsoft's OneNote
« on: July 22, 2006, 03:09:06 PM »
About a month ago, I was able to download a One Note 2003 demo from the Microsoft site.  It lets you play around with it for a month or so.  I wasn't impressed.  It looks like a potentially good product, but suffered from a non-intuitive User Interface.  In a one hour test drive, it lost all the notes I had prepared for a certain class.  It suffered other problems as well.  If they can fix those interface issues, it will be a wonderful product.

Maybe they'll get a few things better in the 2007 version.  I'm waiting for that before trying it again.  Until then, I'll just use a standard word processing program.

Current Law Students / Re: Mushroom Cloud...
« on: July 21, 2006, 11:27:43 PM »
The Pointless Arguments board is down a few categories.  This is sure to attract opinionated folks.

No, neither Bush nor the American people are ready to just nuke the entire area.  We'll joke about it being the only solution, but we don't actually believe that.

It is possible that someone will do something stupid and the situation will escalate to involve more countries, but I don't see that happening this time around.  Lebanon and Palestine are too weak of nations for any of the other Arab states to get involved trying to jump in and defend them militarily.  Due to US military sales and training to Israel, Israel's military power far outstrips their neighbors.

Specifically, Egypt and Jordan are on too good of terms with the US and Israel to attack.  Syria would probably attack if they thought they could win.  The other nations are too far away to realistically consider it.  Jordan and Syria aren't exactly going to open their borders for other nations to march their armies across to Israel, since they might just forget to leave when the fighting is over.

Eventually the entire Middle East may become embroiled in a multi-year all out war.  I don't think conditions are yet ripe for that.

Current Law Students / Re: Time off before law school??
« on: July 18, 2006, 12:39:51 PM »
One reason to go to law school immediately can be Financial Aid.  If you work for a couple of years, you have to report that income when applying for need based Financial Aid, and will get less money.

Another reason to go to law school immediately is your long-term financial outlook.  If the jobs you can get now pay much less than the job you can get when you graduate from law school, then you are losing money.

It is also somewhat difficult to go back to school after you have been making money, since you have to restrict your purchases yet again and live on a student budget.

A valid reason to take some time off is to see if you will enjoy working with the education you already have.  You can get a real view of the working world that can help you know what kind of work environment you want should you decide to pursue a law degree.

Another valid reason to take some time off is to take a break from school.  If you find yourself coasting along in school and not applying yourself, having attended school for that last 16 years or so, then taking a couple years off might help you regain your desire to attend school and do well.

Current Law Students / Re: financial aid guidance
« on: June 09, 2006, 06:06:32 AM »
Your school's financial aid office can help you with all of this.  Give them a call or an e-mail.  They're paid to help make things work out for you.  My school has already sent us out all the financial aid information we need, and arranged for all of the normal loans as well.  They haven't done any private loan stuff yet, but I haven't asked them either, as I'm hoping to avoid them.  If I do need to get them, I'll ask the Financial Aid office to give me advice still.

Current Law Students / Re: PATENT BAR
« on: May 24, 2006, 05:15:14 PM »
Do you guys think a degree in Management Information Systems would be eligble?

MIS isn't listed as an acceptable degree, so no.  You'd have to go back and get one of the approved degrees, or have enough hard science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc.) credits to be allowed in under the alternative option.

Current Law Students / Re: Would you rather be......
« on: May 23, 2006, 04:21:47 PM »
In the admissions process, I'd rather have the higher LSAT.  After the admissions process, I'd rather have the higher GPA.

I'll never put down my LSAT score on any resumes for job applications.  I will put down my Undergraduate GPA and Law School GPA (presuming it is decent) on my resume.  So my GPA has much more long-term benefit.

Current Law Students / Re: Is law review really worth it?
« on: May 22, 2006, 10:56:37 AM »
There is a "whoisjohngalt" registered under the PRE-LAW boards who was applying this past cycle.  That's probably where the mix-up originated.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UT-A v. Vandy
« on: May 08, 2007, 06:47:41 PM »
I had to make a similar choice last year, and I chose UT.  I had several more factors leaning towards UT, though.  I already lived in Austin and had a home and family here.  In-state tuition also made UT about 5K cheaper tuition per year.  Even then, I spent most of the two months before decision time thinking I was heading to Vanderbilt.

I really liked Vanderbilt when I visited.  If I had been from an entirely different state such as California, I most likely would have picked Vanderbilt.

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