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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Lenovo vs. thoseotherguys
« on: July 06, 2007, 02:31:04 PM »
I stuck with XP, partly because the Lenovo rep said "I honestly can't recommend Vista to anyone until a service pack comes out."  I asked whether it would be difficult to upgrade to Vista and he assured me it would be fine.  I've heard that it's not as easy as he made it sound, but since my school doesn't officially support Vista yet, I'll probably pay a visit to the Computer Services department to get tips and/or help when I decide to upgrade.  I'm not terribly worried about it, I'm just annoyed that I'll eventually have to pay for the upgrade.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Lenovo vs. thoseotherguys
« on: July 02, 2007, 09:45:58 AM »
TailorMade was extended until July 31!  I'm excited.  Now I'm about to configure my new computer and I'm having trouble deciding on an operating system.  My school doesn't officially support Vista yet.  My heavy old laptop with XP Home (unfortunately not Pro) still works fine, so theoretically I could get Vista on my new one and just use the old one for exams because it should be supported, but I don't know if it's worth it.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Lenovo vs. thoseotherguys
« on: June 28, 2007, 12:41:50 PM »
Thanks so much, TTTheRocket and piggly wiggly!!  That's very helpful.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Lenovo vs. thoseotherguys
« on: June 28, 2007, 11:31:19 AM »
Questions for those of you who know lots about computers...I know it's supposed to be easy to upgrade RAM and I've heard that a good place to buy sticks is (true? false?).  Do you know if both sticks of RAM in the X6x-series laptops are user-replaceable?  I think on some old models, the "main" stick (which came with the computer) wasn't, but I don't know if this has changed.

If both are replaceable, do you think I should leave the RAM configured as it is when I buy my tablet, which is 1 512MB DIMM, and put in two new 1GB sticks when I get the computer?  Or should I upgrade the memory that comes with it to 1 1GB DIMM and only need to install one more when I get it?  I'm mostly worried about being able to actually use the computer when it arrives without too much trouble.  However, if I keep it at 512MB, then I think I'll be able to put that stick into my old laptop, which could definitely use the boost.  I'll have to check on compatibility, but either way, it seems like the economical choice -- 1GB sticks are around $45-50 and I'd still have the 512GB for something else, whereas Lenovo charges over $60 just to upgrade and I wouldn't get the "extra" stick out of it.

I realize that probably nobody cares about this...but if you have experience with doing this, please give a girl a hand  :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Lenovo vs. thoseotherguys
« on: June 28, 2007, 10:18:54 AM »
Yeah, unfortunately the "Fourth of July" language started showing up a couple hours after I posted the last time.  And my new AmEx won't get here before the Tailor Made discount expires, which is unfortunate (I was going to switch my credit card anyway, but that was going to be a huge perk).  So I'm not particularly happy, but I might resign myself to buying a little later and using my old laptop for the first couple weeks of school.  Sigh.

Financial Aid / Re: Disregard financial aid office's advice?
« on: June 27, 2007, 06:28:13 PM »
I can't recommend one or the other, but one thing to keep in mind is that attendance costs are based on the 9-month academic year, not the calendar year.  So if you get a low-paying job over 1L summer, it might be helpful to have that reserve.  I'm also not sure I'll need the full amount of my loans, but I'm taking them for the first year.  With any luck, I'll be correct in thinking that I can make do on less, and will reduce my 2L loans accordingly.  But my savings account balance isn't fantastically high, so I don't want to fall short this coming year -- if you've got plenty of money in savings, then taking the extra loans might not be worth it.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Lenovo vs. thoseotherguys
« on: June 27, 2007, 12:27:47 PM »
When I google Lenovo, I don't see anything about a 4th of July sale anywhere.  It just says "save up to $470 plus free wireless upgrade for a limited time" so I was assuming that this is a "filler" promotion between the Father's Day sale and the 4th of July one.  But if this is actually the big sale everyone said to wait for, I'm going to be very sad.

By the way, did anyone else notice that the X60 tablet now costs twice as much as the X61?

If you're a NJ resident and don't want to move too far away, I'd say that your decision really should be between the Rutgers campuses.  The rankings difference between all of these schools is pretty negligible, and in-state tuition wins in my opinion.  Then it's just a decision between northern NJ/NY and southern NJ/Philly.  Unless you have some great extenuating circumstance, you won't get in-state tuition at Temple, and I think Maryland's residency requirements are pretty strict, as well (though I could be wrong on this).  Talking to students is helpful to a point, but unless you're hearing horror stories left and right, I wouldn't rely solely on what you've heard (or not heard).

Financial Aid / Re: Access Group vs Sallie Mae
« on: June 25, 2007, 12:10:25 PM »
Agreed, do not let your school's financial aid department push you around.  The school has to allow you to get your loans through either their recommended lenders or one of your choice.  So, for example, if your bank offers student loans, you could go through them if you wanted to.  It's usually a bit easier to go with one of the recommended lenders because the school automatically approves the paperwork for the loan company (saves you a step) but if you don't mind doing a little extra legwork, you can go with whatever lender you'd like.

I've never heard of anyone having a good experience with Sallie Mae.  Unfortunately, a lot of people who initiate their loans through other lenders end up with SM anyway because their loans get bought, but I stayed far away from SM for my law school loans and hopefully my lender won't sell me out.  Just my two cents.  I don't know that much about Access Group.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Health insurance
« on: June 25, 2007, 12:02:22 PM »
There's a law student health insurance plan through the ABA, but from what I remember its very expensive and didn't seem to cover very much.  You can find it on the ABA website.

What kind of a school doesn't offer a health insurance plan?  I thought it was mandatory for schools to offer health insurance (though not necessarily good insurance) to grad students, but maybe that's just in my state.

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