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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Sony Vaio?
« on: April 05, 2005, 03:37:10 PM »
Most major laptop sellers have a good warranty plan, with on-site... it'll just cost you more at different places...

in my opinion you have a few things to consider...

price - 'nuff said, if you can't afford it, don't buy it
performance - decide what you NEED it for and buy to that... don't get techno envy and end up with a 15lb desktop replacement that plays games quick as lightning if that's not what you want
comfort - if you are going to type your notes in class you'll want a laptop you can type on.  most ultra-portables have keyboards that would make a normal hand ache, let alone a large one.  go to the store, try some keyboards out.  of course, if you aren't going to be typing a lot, this might not mean that much to you
looks - in my opinion this absolutely does not matter.  who cares what it looks like, this isn't a fashion contest... again, beware of techno envy... if it does what you need and the price is right, who cares if it's all black or blue and silver
reliabilitythis can be an important factor.  you want to buy from a company that makes a product that shouldn't break under normal use and that will have a good plan in place should it break.  you don't want to be without your laptop, even for a day, if that's your primary source of studying.  you should act responsibly as well.  make backups, carry a USB key, sync with a desktop if you can.  these are things that will help should a tragedy befall your laptop

all this said, after doing my own research i think the IBM ThinkPad T42/43 is the best for me.  the reputation of the ThinkPad is very high.  IBM scores quite well on customer surveys with PC Magazine in terms of customer support and satisfaction.  i happen to find it's look pretty powerful, but like i said, it doesn't matter much.  IBM has stayed pretty up to speed with the latest technology, especially for a business-type laptop.  Battery life is very good, as is overall features and performance.  And the keyboard is very comfortable for my hands.  The only thing holding me back is price.  The Dells and Gateways of the laptop world crush IBM in terms of price per performance.  If I don't buy a ThinkPad I will probably buy something like an Inspiron 6000. 

The New York Sony store is not that far from me and so I've had a chance to go and test their Vaios.  The Vaio is a nice looking laptop.  It's cost per performance is extremely high in my opinion and it's technology is Sony-centric.  The keyboards are a little flimsy to my hands.  However, the Sony screens are the sweetest things I've ever seen on a laptop.  They really pop.

My biggest recommendation is to do your homework.  Go to PC Magazine and C|Net for reviews.  Flip through some issues of LAPTOP Magazine and MobilePC.  Post questions like the one you did in this thread.  Go to the store and lift them up, type on them, look at them.  Then decide.  The toughest thing in my mind about it is that you will probably be stuck with this laptop for all of law school.  Three years is really long in tech-time.  I've had four desktops in three years.  So be sure that the one you get fits your needs now and for the next few years.

I'll be getting a little over $1K/mo from my GI Bill, but otherwise I'll be all loans.  My wife will start working this year though, so that may help.  I've got a bunch of consumer debt, I'm married to a PhD candidate who hasn't worked in 6 years, and we have almost zero savings.  Pitt still felt I had no financial need.

I have a question for ya'll - is it legal to use a school loan specifically for living expenses to pay your mortgage?  I mean, the money has to go to someone, and why should it go to a landlord and not your equity?

Criminal prosecution at the local, state or federal level.

My biggest concern is not whether I'll enjoy it but if I can afford it!  I may be so deep in debt that I'll have to take a higher salary to survive, but I sure hope not.  It's tough to tell though, lots of lawyers I know have told me that my mind may change during school.  However, I always argue back that while this may be true for recent undergrads who still have no clue what they want to do in life, someone like me whose been working and living for 8 or 9 years since school should know pretty well what their interests are and in what direction they want to head after school.

My wife and I will be married just over a year when school starts, but it will be our first year where both of us are out of the house all day... she's been working on her PhD this year while I've been working 9-5 so next year will be completely different... she'll be working AND wrapping up her PhD, I'll by studying and crying... the best advice I can give is to repeat what another poster said, mutual respect and lots of sex.  Lots of love and understanding as well, and when you do have the time, like post-finals or the summer, spend it wisely (with your spouse)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: State residency?
« on: April 04, 2005, 09:07:02 AM »
I hear PA is difficult... was wondering if anyone has experience with PA residency and if buying a home would impact your chances of gaining residency for 2L and 3L

Having a year to prepare for law school can turn you into a paranoid anal-retentive... also, working with three law students and a recent law grad provides lots of free resources/books... so, to that end, I've read, or am currently reading -

Bramble Bush
Introduction to Legal Reasoning
The West "Nutshell" book on every 1L subject
Law School Confidential
The Law School Confidential recommended study guide for each 1L subject
A buddy's CivPro and Contracts case book
A People's History of the Supreme Court
Starting Off Right in Law School
Acing Your First Year of Law School
Turow's Ultimate Punishment
The Common Law
Main Justice by McGee and Duffy
The Prosecutors by Delsohn
A number of fiction titles to mix things up

I've been told by many I'm an idiot and crazy and will be burned out on all of this waaaay before I go to school... however, I don't think so... I've been waiting a while to go, am excited about the law, and have a lot of free time... also, I'm not studying all of this, I'm just reading it... my retention is about 20%... however, my total out of pocket is significantly less than a law school prep course and I think I've gotten about the same amount of info as I would at one of those...

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