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Incoming 1Ls / What keyboards are best for protecting wrists?
« on: June 10, 2005, 10:09:32 AM »
I need help finding a keyboard for home that will minimize the wrist strain effects of typing all the time at school.

  • Mac layout
  • Touchpad or some sort of on-keyboard ergonomic mousing
  • Split keyboard "wave" design is preferred
  • No wrist rest or removable wrist rest (these compress the carpal tunnel)

What I've found so far is the Adesso Tru-Form.

Is there another or better I should consider? I can afford up to $300 for a good one, but what I can't afford is severe CTS symptoms during law school from typing on a flat laptop keyboard!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laser printer update...
« on: June 09, 2005, 01:03:53 PM »
What about networking your laser printer? Do any of the printers discussed above have network capabilities or is there an adapter you can get? I want to put my printer into a hole somewhere and not think about it except when I get up off the couch to collect printouts.

Financial Aid / Private Loans for Public Interest
« on: June 08, 2005, 01:58:20 PM »
I am planning to do my school's loan repayment assistance program after I graduate (It will be UVA's VLFP) so I needed to get a private loan with that in mind. It makes a big difference!

For instace, the recommended lender, B of A, has a 20 year repayment program on the GATE private loans, but you can only be in VLFP for 10 years. That means after VLFP you still have 10 years of private loan repayment on your own. Access group has the same situation. And they were all like WTF, this girl wants a 10-year repayment plan? Don't you know you can pay extra with no penalty? And I was like, no, that's not good enough, my school will only send the money if it's an official plan. Stupid lenders.

Northstar, whose standard repayment period is 15 years, confirmed for me (after several calls and much toing and froing) that when I graduate I can request an official 10 year repayment program, which means my loan assistance payments will be much higher, and I won't have to pay any more unless I'm earning a lot more money than I expect to.

This is important for public interest students to know, because most loan forgiveness programs seem to be scheduled over 10 years. Georgetown is an exception, in that I think they do 15 for private and 20 for federal (check to make sure).

I'm going with Northstar! Whew.

As far as I can tell you can use different lenders for Stafford and private. I think when you can receive money depends on disbursement dates set by your schoo's fin aid office, so if you apply late for private loans you will probably have to wait till the next disbursement date. Check with your office!


Financial Aid / Re: Loans based on LIBOR or Prime Rate?
« on: June 08, 2005, 11:11:31 AM »

Financial Aid / Re: Clueless about loans--help
« on: June 08, 2005, 11:08:35 AM »

Financial Aid / Re: uva loan help
« on: June 08, 2005, 11:08:10 AM »
I'm not sure Gate is better. It seems to offer a set margin of 2.6% for UVA, but I think I might be able to get better with another lender. Still researching...

Financial Aid / Re: Credit Score
« on: June 08, 2005, 11:05:52 AM »


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