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Current Law Students / RomLaw and e-Legalines
« on: September 08, 2007, 07:27:52 PM »
Has anyone looked at both RomLaw and e-Legalines and gone with e-Legalines over RomLaw? I bought RomLaw and I'm satisfied with it, but e-Legalines seems to be everywhere online and RomLaw, not so much. I never really looked at e-Legalines. I'm guessing the larger presence of e-Legalines is mainly because of the Gilbert's/BarBri/West name and advertising budget, but maybe I'm wrong.

Current Law Students / Re: NAVY JAG Interview
« on: September 08, 2007, 05:47:46 PM »
I know nothing about the particulars of JAG, but wouldn't the fact that you have 8 years enlisted, presumably Navy, be a HUGE plus? I would think that right there would overcome almost any deficiency in the rest of your package, unless you have some kind of major black marks, which I guess you don't.

Current Law Students / Re: ==
« on: September 08, 2007, 05:41:46 PM »
I was 20 minutes late to a large class last week due to a weird lack of parking. I usually get to class around 30 minutes early (first class of the day), so yeah it was an unexpected delay of 50 minutes. I also showed up very sweaty from running around.

I quietly took an isolated seat in the back rather than disrupt class by going to my normal seat in the middle and also subjecting everyone around me to close-quarters B.O.

The professor tends to call on people in the same general area of the room on any particular day, and unfortunately today I noticed that he was calling on people generally around where I normally sit. I knew from asking around that he did not actually call my name, but I imagine he noticed the seating hole and perhaps glanced at the seating chart to see who it was.

I sent the professor a short email that evening apologizing for being late and giving the parking excuse. I did not say that normally I am very early and I did not detail the adventures I had in finding alternate parking.

During class, I also made a (I hope not entirely stupid) comment to one of the cases, probably because I wanted the prof to see my face so he knew I did make it in. (Assuming he noticed I was late and didn't see me sneak in.)

If I had overslept, I would probably behave the same way, though I wouldn't give any reason in my email.

I would definitely go to class late rather than not at all, unless class was just about over. How stupid would it be if the prof said something important that you didn't hear just because you were too embarrassed to go in late? Or what if the prof randomly called your name to brief a case that you knew, but you didn't go in because you were embarrassed?

Admit you screwed up or the fates were just against you, bite the bullet and go in. That's my advice, but I'm just a 1L.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: School Visits?
« on: December 17, 2007, 05:18:20 PM »
Useful to get a feel for the atmosphere of the surrounding area. Less useful to find out specific information on the school itself, although my suspicion based on limited data is that the atmosphere inside the school will resemble the atmosphere outside of the school.

That's my take.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn does not rank...
« on: December 17, 2007, 05:01:28 PM »
I imagine by resume credentials, cover letter, personal connections if applicable and awesomeness during the interview.


In other words, strictly for usual school work stuff, I can't imagine you would really need a Core 2 Duo over a Core Duo. But you should be honest with yourself about what you are really buying the laptop for. Buying a laptop just for school is a lot different than buying a laptop mostly for school but also for occasionally playing World of Warcraft.

I don't know if I'm just unreasonably impatient, but I only use basic programs like Word, Adobe Acrobat, and Firefox and I think the Core 2 Duo is too slow....

It's true.  When you have them all open, things can get laggy.

So is there any reasonably priced processor that can do all that fast, or am I going to experience that kind of lag with any processor I get? 

I think it's more of an issue with your RAM.

I agree, and RAM is usually cheap to upgrade to something reasonable.

You may want to go ahead and get the Core 2 Duo though since you're almost certainly not going to be upgrading the processor once you get the computer.

What computers are you comparing, anyway? For a lot of computer manufacturers (e.g. Dell), once you choose the model, the overall processor type is pretty much fixed. Like for Dell Latitude D620s, you have to get a Core 2 Duo and then you're just choosing between things like cache size and clock speed.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Panasonic Toughbooks
« on: May 10, 2007, 06:17:50 PM »
And that's worth paying MORE THAN DOUBLE the cost of the Dell? Man, I forgot what it's like to be a 1L in waiting. Simple advice - go with the Dell and the 4 year warranty. Or something else like a Thinkpad. What if something technical, not involving any physical force on your part, fails inside your Toughbook? Will the $3000 seem worth it then?

I have no intention of deliberately abusing my laptop, but getting a more rugged laptop means that normal use will have less chance of breaking it. For example, my last laptop had a cracked case around one of the hinges, but I don't ever remember dropping it from a table or anything like that. It was just a cheaply-made laptop and couldn't handle being picked up and put down while in a laptop bag over and over again. I'm sure that the hinge wouldn't have cracked with a Toughbook, because Toughbooks are designed to withstand much higher stresses, so my light stress would have been much less likely to hurt it.

That said, I am very aware of the price and the fact that I could get three cheapie Dells for the same price, or two good ones. I am still seriously considering different options.

Panasonics aren't especially more reliable than Dells.

Do you have personal experience with Panasonics, or know someone who has? If you do, please share :) That's one of the things I was really trying to get at with this thread. I would be especially interested if someone had a story of someone with one of these models who had the thing break on them under typical use, or where parts just randomly fail. I haven't found any personal stories anywhere from people who've had a Toughbook just break on them.

Any advice on processors? My wife heard from someone who reportedly knows computers that you should get an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, if possible. But how much of a difference is that from an Intel Core Duo or an AMD processor (whether it be Athlon or Turion)? Obviously better processors cost more because they are slightly more efficient/faster, but how much am I going to notice a difference given what I'm going to be using it for?

I was also wondering about how much processor I need, but then I realized...I use an old Pentium III desktop with 512mb running XP Pro at my job. I regularly have all sorts of things running at the same time -- Firefox, Adobe, IM, antivirus, internet apps, our company's software. I do get a fair amount of lag from time to time but the system is bearable. If the most I had up was one or two browsers, Word, IM and antivirus software (standard school stuff), I'm sure it would run with hardly any lag at all. If it had something slightly better, like a Pentium M and 1gb memory, I'm sure it'd be total overkill for school work.

In other words, strictly for usual school work stuff, I can't imagine you would really need a Core 2 Duo over a Core Duo. But you should be honest with yourself about what you are really buying the laptop for. Buying a laptop just for school is a lot different than buying a laptop mostly for school but also for occasionally playing World of Warcraft.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Panasonic Toughbooks
« on: May 10, 2007, 05:42:36 AM »
I'm specifically considering the W5 model, which is a long-battery-life (8-hr), fanless 12.1" ultraportable. The goal is to have a computer that I can confidently stick into a backpack with my books, without a charger, and take on the bumpy public transit and around school for three years with almost no chance of breaking. The main concern is (of course) price. At $2000 I can get the bare bones specs. For around $3000 I can get the specs bumped up to something good, maybe too good.

My school's deal with Dell means I would pay around $1200 or a little more for a Dell Latitude D620. The W5 is so much more expensive compared to this, but with the Dell I am sure it will break sometime during three years even if I baby it, let alone give it the kind of casual treatment I would like. Even with a complete Dell warranty, not having my computer even for a week could be a major disruption.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Panasonic Toughbooks
« on: May 09, 2007, 05:16:08 AM »
@lindenksv: I think you are probably talking about the fully-rugged ones that the police and military use. The business-rugged ones do not have handles and do look rather sleek, in my opinion.

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