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Main difference between the T43 and T42 is that the T43 incorporates Intel's next-gen Centrino platform Sonoma, meaning better performance and theoretically lower battery cost, plus new technologies like PCI-e on the motherboard.

As for ThinkPads, if you want a great deal on one, click on the education link from the IBM mainpage.  Then click on the state of your school or where you live.  Depending on the state you could get an amazing deal.  I'm getting a state-of-the-art T43 for $1500 less than the web price.  As a matter of fact, after calling IBM today I was able to confirm that the laptop is so new that you can't get it from the main website yet, only from a special deal that your school, state, or government business might have arranged.  It'll ship in 40 days because they haven't built them yet, but when it does ship it will have the latest Centrino tech that money can buy right now and for at least the next year.  Specs include 2+ Ghz Pentium M 770, 1GB base RAM, 80GB HD, a/b/g built in, DVD burner included as ultrabay drive, 15" UXGA screen - price is ~$2400 shipped.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: note taking and/or recording lectures in class
« on: April 10, 2005, 02:50:06 PM »
I haven't used this, and it's a touch expensive, but this microphone on has good reviews.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Tablet PC's for Law School
« on: April 09, 2005, 02:02:40 PM »
can we keep the cock-swinging to a minimum and try to put something productive on this board?  i mean, can't we all just get along?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: note taking and/or recording lectures in class
« on: April 09, 2005, 01:08:42 PM »

Student rate for OneNote is $49 I believe.  Plus, there is a free trial that you can download from MSoft.  I've only been using the trial so far.  Will be the student priced version as soon as my trial expires.

I have several lawyers in my family and I work closely with a whole firm of them each day.  Every one of them has said law school will be challenging.  Frankly, I hope it is.  It would suck for me if it was one big cakewalk and it would diminish my respect for the legal profession if they just handed JDs out like candy.  But they all say that keeping up with the work and maintaining a healthy balance during school will go a long way to easing the pain and making the experience enjoyable.

I wanted to make a point about law school for the $$$$.  It certainly wasn't a factor for me.  My goal is to go into criminal prosecution, and there certainly is not a ton of money in that.  Most prosecutors don't make any money until the become defense lawyers years later, which is not my intention anyway.  So, when picking a school I was generally open to deciding on things like location, student body, academic offerings and the like - not so much worried about school rank or placement opportunities.  Well before I even took my LSATs I had already ruled out several top-tier schools because I just wouldn't want to go to law school with their students or in their environment.  It just wasn't worth it to me.  So I picked what I think is the right school for me and still a good school and, while I don't expect to make lots of $$$$ when I graduate, I do expect to enjoy my time in school for the next 3 years and that means something to me.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: note taking and/or recording lectures in class
« on: April 08, 2005, 04:09:32 AM »
OneNote does it all.  Technically, all you need is a PC, OneNote and a microphone.  You connect the mic and open OneNote.  Then you select audio record from within OneNote (there are shortcut icons on the top or just select it from the menus).  This will start the audio recording through the mic.  Then, ANY TIME YOU TYPE SOMETHING into OneNote, it creates a marker next to the note.  This marker is keyed to the exact point in the audio recording that you began typing.  If you stop typing a note, then start a new one, that new note will also have a marker, pointing to a different spot in the audio and so forth.  Really quite an amazing feature.

The greatest thing about OneNote is that it is relatively new.  MSoft really hasn't had a chance to give it much attention so far.  They are on their second release of the product and have made an amazing effort so far.  Once it becomes fully integrated with Office and they implement some of the suggestions from the OneNote community I think this program will rock even more.  However, always remember that OneNote was not meant to replace any of the other office programs.  Word will always be better for long word documents, Excel for spreadsheets and so on.  But OneNote does fill a unique niche that can really be put to good use by students and so that's why I use it.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Tablet PC's for Law School
« on: April 08, 2005, 04:03:11 AM »
There doesn't yet exist a tablet that does both tablet stuff and laptop stuff very well.  Tablets, right now, are about tradeoffs.  You really need to determine what you'll need in LAW SCHOOL, and then buy to that.  What you may need in the workforce might be different, but you will either get one from your firm or buy a new one when you graduate.  In my opinion, while a tablet might be nice to have for about 2-4% of law school, the tradeoffs that I'd have to make, currently, are unacceptable to me.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Why Law School
« on: April 07, 2005, 09:07:18 AM »
I'm headed to law school to be a prosecutor (local, state or federal).  I used to be in the Army and took my job defending this country very seriously.  I can't continue my military career for health reasons, but I wanted to do something that continued defending the citizens of this country and it's laws.  This may sound like a defense attorney's job, but I see prosecutors as defending the will of the people as enacted by the legislature.  I've also had some exposure to prosecution through friends in JAG and I really liked the problem-solving aspects of their job and the wide field of knowledge they required in order to prosecute crimes.  So I've chosen law school because I like what I've seen/heard/read so far about law in general, prosecution specifically, and want to give it a shot.

As for doing a 180 in school - I'm open to that possibility.  I think it less likely to happen to me than a recent undergrad simply because I've had more life experience, know more about myself (my interests, tastes, type of work I like to do) and have given this a lot of thought.  However, if something should come along in school that makes me change my mind and go in a different direction, great!  It will mean that I'm even more interested and excited by that than I currently am by prosecution, which would be a cool thing.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laptops
« on: April 07, 2005, 04:32:51 AM »
Someone asked about deals - you may not be able to wait this long, but every year the big names run back to school specials, usually in August.  They give great deals on everything, including laptops.  I can almost guarantee that the current deal on the Vaio S series will be duplicated or topped later this summer.

Also, a lot of big name resellers have an outlet store where they sell older, refurbished models.  Some of these have technology that is perfectly fine for law school and they are usually backed by the same warranty you can get with a new computer.  The prices are usually several hundred less than when they first came out.

Another thing to think about - Intel just released a new technology series for their Centrino brand.  Most computer makers are still in the process of updating their lines.  Once every laptop model is sold with the new Centrino line, there should be amazing deals on old Centrino models.  And the performance difference between the two is not so substantial that you couldn't use an older laptop for law school.

And another thing... CDW-G is partnered with a ton of schools and provides relatively good prices on hardware and software.  I've never actually purchased from them, or spoken to a rep, but their website lists a number of good deals.  You can check it out here

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