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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Latitude D620 v Thinkpad z61t
« on: June 08, 2006, 10:58:46 AM »
the keyboards on the thinkpads are *amazing*

i promise.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Spell Check on Exam Software
« on: June 04, 2006, 05:08:52 PM »
we had a few professors harp on us about spelling in the weeks before midterms/finals.  and from what i remember, securexam doesn't have a spellchecker either.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: April 28, 2006, 04:29:31 PM »
Right now, for those who care, I'm torn between the thin-and-light IBM, the ultralight IBM, and the upcoming X60 tablet. I'll probably end up with the tablet or the ultralight, though.

regardless, i can promise you'll love the keyboard! :)

the x41 tablet was brand new when i ordered my x40, and i decided to save the $600 difference and go with the x40.  i have definitely second-guessed that decision a few times, i think that a tablet could be very useful in law school (though none of my classmates have one).

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: April 28, 2006, 04:23:28 PM »
back to the keyboard/screen size comments...

i hate to sound like a fanboy, but the thinkpad keyboards are simply outstanding.  and yes, it is true, you'll probably be getting a little more familiar with your laptop than you'd like to.  make sure you get something you'll be happy with, or deal with a manufacturer with a reasonable return policy.

and a warranty which will last through law school (or at least year-to-year, depending on who you go with) is essential.  laptops seem to throw in the towel at the absolute worst of times, and i know classmates who have lost a full semester's worth of briefs, outline work, writing assignments, etc.  which brings me to my next point, back up often! ;)  seriously though, make sure that your laptop's hardware is covered.  and by the way, for what it's worth, i would be extremely cautious with the best buy/circuit city "warranties."  sure, they'll cover you.. but one of those forementioned classmates had to go laptop-less for 2 weeks while it was sent away for repair.  "we'll give you a new one if anything happens!" my ass, make sure you know what you're signing up for.

ok that's my "random fact dissemination" post of the day, please drive through! :)

edit: as a sidenote, i started this year with a mac g4 powerbook.  due to continued frustrations (and in my opinion, a lack of useful software, at least as far as law is concerned), i sold it and kicked over to the ibm x40 that i'm using now.  my laptop shipped with a poopsandwich of a hard drive, which soon died.  i went two days without my laptop and had a new one at no charge.  inconvenient?  yep... but nearly worth the $100 i paid to extend the warranty, right off the bat, without having to hassle with them about whether the drive was defective from the factory, or not.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: April 26, 2006, 04:28:07 PM »
i'm using an ibm/lenovo thinkpad x40 and couldn't be happier.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Law School Curve
« on: April 17, 2006, 12:37:33 PM »
have you tried asking someone in admissions?  or contacting a current student?  recent graduate?

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Microsoft OneNote - yay or nay?
« on: April 13, 2006, 01:50:55 PM »
i heard a lot of great things about it last year around this time, most likely in this very forum.  that being said, i haven't seen a single person using it in law school this year.

most people use microsoft word, and insert 'comments' for any definitions or sidenotes that they think they'll need quick access to.

unfortunately, i decided that having an extended-life battery sticking out one extra inch from the back of my tiny, ultraportable laptop was unacceptable.

again, i decided wrong :)

definitely "after the fact," but i have a thinkpad x40 and wish i had gone with the extended-life battery.

i had the option when ordering to either get an extra battery for free, or to pay $40 (i think) for the extended-life battery.  i chose wrong.  the extra battery sits in my locker, still wrapped in plastic, and it has never been charged.  i may just try to ebay that thing and buy an extended-life one.

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