First, I hope you received the Law School's computer recommendations as part of an admissions mailing earlier this month. If not, the information is on-line at:http://www.law.virginia.edu/main/pc+purchaseAs you should know, as an incoming U.Va. Law student you are required to own a laptop with functional wireless capability. Please consider your notebook purchase and support choice carefully. We have partnered with Cavalier Computers to offer a series of laptops, or “Bundle laptops”, customized specifically to meet the needs of a three-year U.Va. Law student. This allows us to provide extensive on-site troubleshooting and support for all Bundle owners. Supporting Bundle machines is easier for us due to their standardized parts and configuration, and easier for the student due to on-site next day service as well as access to a pool of loaner notebooks. This is a significant advantage to those who purchase Bundle laptops. I encourage you to read about the service & support provided for Law Bundles at:http://www.law.virginia.edu/main/Law+School+Bundles+and+SupportIf you have any questions about your computer purchase, please do not hesitate to contact our student support manager Derek Leach directly by email. To help us manage student support for next year, please take a moment to complete an on-line survey about what computer you will be using this fall. I only ask for your name and what your notebook plans are. You can access the survey at:http://www.law.virginia.edu/admissions/admiss.nsf/Lawitcpc?openformSecond, as an incoming U.Va. student, you are granted University accounts for electronic mail and the Home Directory Service. You're probably already familiar with e-mail, and what it's for. The Home Directory is a kind of virtual file cabinet, where you can store things like class outlines/notes, research papers and web pages on-line. (To find out more about the Home Directory and how to use it, visit the Home Directory Service web site, http://www.itc.virginia.edu/homedir, after you complete your account activation.) For more information about activating your U.Va. email account, please see:http://www.itc.virginia.edu/students/accounts/Once you have completed the steps for activating your U.Va. email account, you can use Webmail (http://www.mail.virginia.edu) as an easy way to confirm that you have access to your email accounts without configuring an email client. This is important as official Law School communications will gradually transition to your U.Va. email accounts as the Fall semester draws nearer. Please note that if you have any problems accessing your email account, you can contact the ITC Help Desk (434) 924-3731 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.Thank you for your time and I look forward to meeting you this fall.Derek Leach
Is anyone going with a law school bundle Dell system? I ask on behalf of my girlfriend. She really likes the Dell 700m, and I have configured one for her (for several hundred dollars less than the D410 bundle), but there are a number of plusses to getting the D410 bundle, especially on-campus tech support. How are you guys leaning?