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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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 :)

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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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