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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Health insurance
« on: June 26, 2007, 02:23:30 PM »
I'll probably get mine either though school or my wife's work. Not sure yet. I second the idea about catastrophic only coverage - it seems the way to go for most students I think.


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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Tablet PC's
« on: June 26, 2007, 01:47:16 PM »
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...


A little bit of a generalization here

Why so?

Built-in wireless usually has the antenna wrapped around the screen which gives much better range than a card that has a 4" antenna at best. Of course, if the signal is really strong everywhere it may not matter, but if its a little weak a laptop with built in wireless has a much better chance of picking up the signal:)


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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: yes or no to facebook
« on: June 25, 2007, 04:35:03 PM »
I have an account and find it quite useful.  :)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010!!!
« on: June 25, 2007, 04:31:32 PM »
So looks like I'm going to be coming up to Cambridge this weekend (or sometime soon) to pick out an apartment (non-affiliated I'm afraid). Any pointers or suggestions?


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Studying for the LSAT / Re: kaplan prep test
« on: June 07, 2007, 04:41:16 PM »
I was exactly median, took the Kaplan course and am now HLS class of 2010, imho kaplan rocks! I've always done badly on standardized tests so doing well on this one was quite the achievement for me.

IIRC all kaplan instructors are required to score at 95% or better for the LSAT, at least in the NoVA/DC area. My instructor was amazingly good, both at taking the LSAT herself and more importantly at teaching.


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I took all of them that were in the Kaplan Endurance book plus five more.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: HLS Class of 2010!!!
« on: June 07, 2007, 04:31:59 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.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Tablet PC's
« on: June 07, 2007, 04:29:40 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

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Tablet PC's
« on: June 03, 2007, 08:15:03 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...

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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.




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