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What school?

If the OP is referring to the same orientation packet I received, the school is Oregon. And btw, the readings were pretty easy and can be read quickly. I read everything back to back shortly after receiving them. The articles were interesting, however they will be most beneficial to someone who doesn't have much experience analyzing and understanding law.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Guantanamo Detention Facility
« on: June 16, 2005, 07:55:57 AM »
Here are some articles that should help shed some light on some of the claims that have been made in this thread. The information contained in the first article was compiled by the AP after reviewing over 1000 pages released by a FOIA request placed in November 2004.

1. Not all Gitmo detainees were found on the battlefield shooting or attacking US troops.


2. A number of detainees have been reported to be minors


3. At least 150 detainees have been released from Guantanamo (without official explanation)


4. Four british detainees were released from Gitmo in 2004 without being charged with terrorism. One of them was a law student and a father of four. Their individual accounts are linked below.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best Laptop for Law School?
« on: June 15, 2005, 09:38:11 AM »
I've been following this thread and doing some research on my own and have narrowed the field to a Sony VIAO S series or an IBM Thinkpad T series.

I've tried the VIAO S460 and thought it was great.  The screen resolution and color is amazing.  The keyboard felt good.  My husband had a VIAO for his job several years back and really liked it.  BUT I've read reviews that mention a problem with a very noisy fan.  Any thoughts on this?

The Thinkpad sounds very solid but I haven't been able to find one in a store to try out.  Does anyone know what retailer might carry them?  I understand the screen isn't quite as nice as the VIAO but it is larger (14" vs. 13").  I'd really like to try one out before I make a decision.

I'm looking for a quality, very reliable, under 5lb computer with a screen between 13" and 15".  Would one be recommended over the other?  Is there something out there that's even better than one of these two?

Any help would be appreciated.

Good call on considering the Sony S series. I own an S360 and it makes all the friends of mine with Dells and even some Apple people jealous. The concern you are bringing up is with the fan noise. Sony has the fan come on at specific temperatures (55 C for the 360). You can easily control this by using the power management options and selecting your PC to be on low power consumption. Your battery should last (the 460 consumes more than the 360) about 3.5-4.5 hours which is better than most notebooks.

Additionally, if the fan is giving you problems, you can easily underclock your CPU to the point in which the temperature does not go over the threshold after which the fan turns on.

In my anecdotal experience, the Sony S series is as quiet as can be even with the fan on. I believe the complaint comes from the users that game with it, not that use it for office apps. Performance wise, it is perfect for law school. Heck, I'm even able to play the Battlefield 2 demo with the notebook (albeit on low settings).

I do not regret the Sony purchase one bit. The notebook is 4.2 lbs, the battery lasts a whopping 5 1/2 hours (regular battery with power management settings considered). Also, the screen is bright, clear, and can't be beat. 
If you have any specific questions, PM me. HTH

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Eugene Oregon Off-Campus 2-Bedroom House - $685
« on: June 03, 2005, 08:44:08 AM »
I am interested. I'll send you an email from my work email address so you can send me that information. This sounds like a cool part of town! Thanks for posting this information here.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Bluetooth for my Laptop?
« on: May 24, 2005, 01:45:11 PM »
Thanks Oregon. I will follow your advice. You are a man of learning and wisdom. Anyway, I hope so.  8)

Anytime! I hope so too! Fortunately I'm well versed in all this computer hardware stuff because my current job is in the video game industry (goodbye job as of 07/31), which requires me to keep up with the latest developments in hardware.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Bluetooth for my Laptop?
« on: May 24, 2005, 01:31:46 PM »
I haven't bought the laptop yet. I'm trying to decide if I should pay the $50 to have it in there. I don't think I need it now, but I also don't know if it's something that I will need during the life of my  laptop.

Also, can it be added later? If so I think I'll pass for now.

Yes, it can be added later. You can buy it as an add-on probably for less than it is costing you to add it as a feature to your notebook.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Bluetooth for my Laptop?
« on: May 24, 2005, 01:24:26 PM »
Thanks for all the comments.

So, it's $50. Yea or Nay? I guess I should have set up a poll?

Is it built into the notebook, or are you buying a little USB adapter add on for it? Also, do you have a PDA? They are useful to sync with through bluetooth (if the pda supports it).

If bluetooth is built into the notebook package, then it is more worth it than  carrying around a USB adapter. I wouldn't get it if to acquire the feature you are buying an external USB adapter.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Bluetooth for my Laptop?
« on: May 24, 2005, 01:21:43 PM »
but if you have a wireless modem, do you need bluetooth too?

i know nothing about bluetooth technology, all i know is that my phone can send pictures via bluetooth, apparently.

The wireless standards are different from bluetooth(and can be quite confusing). Most PCs when referring to wireless (such as Centrino wireless) refer to 802.11 A/B/G which are different from bluetooth. So if you have a wireless modem you do not need bluetooth.

Your phones ability to send a photo to your PC via bluetooth is basically your phone making a connection directly with the PC and sending the photo rather than the phone sending the photo through the cell towers which then is received by your PC as an email. Does that help clarify the difference better?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Bluetooth for my Laptop?
« on: May 24, 2005, 01:10:48 PM »
Bluetooth can also be used as a wireless internet connection if your phone allows for GPRS/EDGE internet connections. I use it when I'm travelling and at hotels that do not provide wireless connections. If you have an EDGE enabled phone, you can get almost broadband speeds through your phone when connected through bluetooth. GPRS although more common is as fast as a dialup modem and much less appealing.

To give you another comment to the original question about bluetooth and cool things you can do with it, utilizing bluetooth as a wireless modem is pretty neat.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Oregon
« on: May 19, 2005, 02:23:35 PM »
If you don't mind me asking, how long does the gray period last? Through April? May? I read that Eugene averages about 139 days of rainfall ( each year.

The gray period can feel like it lasts six months. It doesn't really, but there is a hell of a lot of gray, and you see the sun in the morning and evening. Advice: Drive to Portland for a weekend. It is amazing to get out from under the valley cloud and into the Gorge breeze. Also, get a dawn simulator to keep your circadian rhythm going during the winter. You need like 10,000 lux of bright light in the eyes to tell your pituitary gland to stop making melatonin in the morning. You will feel less groggy and need less sleep than otherwise. I recommend whatever Apollo puts out next (that's what I want). They are expensive but nothing is more expensive than falling down into depression in school.

Thanks for the commentary lyrarain. I look forward to the weather, and in fact will probably enjoy it. I am moving up from Austin so I will enjoy the mild summers, cool winters, and all the beauty the state of Oregon has to offer. I'm fairly liberal also, so moving to Oregon will be a nice breath of fresh air from my current state of residence.

Getting a dawn simulator to ensure there is no disorientation from the winter months is a good idea also. Those cloudy winters will make it very dark in the mornings!

Do you have any other advice you feel someone moving to Eugene would need? I look forward to visiting in June!!!

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