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Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010!!!
« on: June 07, 2007, 01:31:59 PM »
I sent in my deposit and am officially HLS 2010! Now to sort though the rest of the paper work and find housing myself....

I'm married and will be looking for off-campus housing of course.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Tablet PC's
« on: June 07, 2007, 01:29:40 PM »
Sounds sweet! I asked around at work and it seems our tablet is a rather low end model and that in general tables have similar screens as normal notebooks. I think your setup will work very well for you!

have fun

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Tablet PC's
« on: June 03, 2007, 05:15:03 AM »
External hard drives are pretty cheap these days - I'd get something that's as big or a little bigger than your laptop HD, that way you can backup your entire hard drive to it.

Another option is to buy an external enclosure for a normal laptop or desktop drive and use it externally - handy if you've got extra drives laying around not being used:) Also, if you are super ocd about being sure your laptop is never down, you can use a drive that will work in your laptop as backup (most laptops take 2.5" drives) in an external drive and ghost the entire laptop drive (OS and all) to the extra drive. That way, if the laptop drive fails you just take the extra one out of the enclosure and stick it in the laptop. Probably more work than its worth, but its an option.

Processor speed likely won't matter at all for anything school related, its really only a factor when messing with picture/video editing and gaming etc.

Many laptops these days are available with various features to make them more damage resistant (things like suspended/cushioned hard drives, hard drives that sense movement and park the head before impact, metal or otherwise really strong frames/cages etc) which would probably be worthwhile on a school computer. I at least will be carrying mine around on a bike and will probably bang it up a bit.

Hard drive speed and ram will make a difference in how quickly applications load and do their thing. If you can, opt for a 7200 rpm hard drive and ~1gb of ram. It will work just fine on a 5400 rpm drive (the norm for laptops), just take a little longer.

A USB thumb drive is always handy for file-transfer and quick backup. You should be able to easily find 1gb models for ~$50.

Built-in Wireless (802.11) is a huge plus as the integrated wireless cards work much better than the aftermarket wireless cards you stick in the PCMIA slot (or whatever the acronym is).

Note, I don't know a thing about Mac's and what I say applies generally to most PC based machines, but might not apply to mac's. Also, I claim no special knowledge of computers, so there may be other options I'm unaware of bla bla bla...

Black Law Students / Re: Horror Stories/Let's scare the new 1L's
« on: June 01, 2007, 10:54:27 AM »
On the computer thing, my plan is to have two laptops (my old one from undergrad and a new, but low end one strictly for note taking), back up both (more or less daily)to my RAID-1 desktop which will be semi-regularly backed up to an external HD and e-mail myself really important stuff. Run all your stuff on a network and use some sort of automatic backup utility to make life easy (there's even a free MS powertoy that works ok). All this is pretty cheap - the old laptop basically free (long-sunk cost), the desktop I built this spring for ~$400 and the new laptop will be <$1k.

Note that with the RAID-1 setup in the desktop one of my hard drives can completely fail and the computer will continue to work normally with no real indication of failure other than a pop-up window stating the current situtation. Stick in a replacement drive whenever is handy to regain redundancy.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Tablet PC's
« on: June 01, 2007, 10:08:33 AM »
If you prefer to write vs type then it seems to make sense to me, provided writing on a tablet gives you the same memory benefits of writing on paper (which I think it would). Writing by hand for me is an unpleasant thing and best I can tell does me no good in terms of retention, but I have poor and slow penmanship and arthritic fingers.

A desktop type screen is probably a good idea with a tablet or ~<14" laptop. A quality 15" laptop can be had with as much or more resolution as you'll likely find on  destkop monitor (my 15" toshebia laptop is 1600x1200, but its also a bit large to lug to class I think).

I will probably have a SFF (toaster sized) desktop/file server at my home (built it a few months ago as I needed more storage than my laptop could reasonably support), my 15" laptop for serious, away-from-home paper writing and a basic, 12" laptop for note-taking.

For the record.
I built my little desktop from mostly used parts and added a couple of new, but discounted ($80 each) 400gb hard drives configured in RAID 1. Its got 3000 series AMD-64 processor (slow compared to most current stuff, but still more than fast enough for me) and a gig of ram.

My laptop I bought new in 2001. Its a toshebia with a 15" screen, 60gb HD and 512mb of ram. It got me though undergrad quite well as my only computer. At a little over 7lbs its a bit portly/bulky to tote to class, but not completely unmanageable. Its big and fast enough to be a desktop replacement unless you happen to be into serious gaming, have a zillion high res pictures or need to do video editing. The picture thing is what necessitated the desktop for me (my wife is an amateur photographer and got a new digi-slr for Christmas....)

Its also wise to think about backup, you'll want something pretty safe and painless, an external hard drive is probably the best option, but certainly not the only one. I currently backup my laptop to my desktop and my desktop (rarely I'll admit) to an external drive. My desktop runs a RAID array that will not loose any data should one drive fail so its a bit safer than most.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Tablet PC's
« on: June 01, 2007, 09:03:39 AM »
I was given one to use at work, didn't like it and traded it for an ultra-slim regular laptop ASAP. I don't remember the model #, but for my uses the tablet function didn't add much value and its screen resolution and quality was seriously sub-par. I have no idea if this is representative of all tablets or if our work one just sucks, but I didn't like it. I type much more quickly than I write - if it were for a math class or something the tablet might rock, but for mostly text I'd rather type.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Nicest Campus in T14?
« on: June 01, 2007, 08:33:17 AM »
I visited UVA, Stanford and Harvard (and have previously been to duke). Stanford easily takes the cake for me. Its just fantastic, both its buildings and the equipment/furnishings inside them. The surrounding area is breathtaking as well. UVA is ok, perhaps its because I live and grew up not so far away, but its just kinda bland and state-schoolish to me. Not bad and I'd be perfectly happy going there, but it doesn't do anything for me aesthetically speaking. Their biz school is very nice, but the law school looks like it got all the hand-me-downs from the biz school. Harvard was a huge let-down in terms of aesthetics. Quite plain and unimpressive. I dig gothic buildings, but after studying in Oxford all the US attempts I've seen seem a half-hearted copy.

Anyway, here's some pics:)

Near by roads

Near-by beach and hiking

Pretty cool place. Library is huge, the main room is over a 100yrds long (on the inside)!

There's a fellow on the board (mind the gap I think) who attends Chicago and I think will be working a sweet job in TX, might get his thoughts on it.

I'm also very interested to hear your response Chucky's questions. If you could draw any comparisons between HLS and SLS that would be great too:)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GULC vs. UVA?
« on: June 01, 2007, 08:17:49 AM »
If it were me UVA would be a no-brainier. They are better academically and I prefer their location to GULC's. Also, my impression is that their students and faculty are much more relaxed, friendly and less pretentious. It doesn't hurt that your job prospects will also likely be better, esp if happen to graduate not at the top of your class. I really, really liked UVA when I visited and can't say enough good things about it. If I weren't bent on an academic career and/or didn't have an offer from HLS I'd be going there for sure this fall. As it is, I'm still not 100% decided, but leaning toward HLS due to the greater academic opportunities that would be available.

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