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Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Florida 2011
« on: August 03, 2008, 09:08:04 PM »
Good, bc I just bought a cute one at Banana Republic :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Florida 2011
« on: August 01, 2008, 10:58:15 PM »
The banquet calls for "courtroom attire." Does that mean a suit?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laptop specifications- any suggestions?
« on: June 27, 2008, 02:36:36 PM »
When you open your machine, before you do anything else, run a system backup then download and run the PC decrapifier. New PCs come out of the box just LOADED with garbageware.  You will notice a big improvement in performance after running the program.

Could you describe this process a little more? Thanks!

I also was very interested in how to get rid of that stuff...

I think I have decided on the xps I'll just be on the lookout for the best deal:) BTW it seems like the Home & Student Microsoft Office edition can be bought separately for a significantly cheaper price (149 on on Newegg) is easy to install, right?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Florida 2011
« on: June 27, 2008, 02:16:41 PM »

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laptop specifications- any suggestions?
« on: June 23, 2008, 08:59:58 PM »
Thank you for your suggestions. Does anyone else want to add their opinion on processor speed/RAM/hard drive specs? And...XPS or Latitude? I'm so torn... I had an inpiron that got beat up pretty bad in my 4 years of undergrad (on its 2nd hard drive and the plastic top is cracked and taped up...but still workin:) so the durability factor of a latitude is appealing...but the XPS laptops just look so nice!

Incoming 1Ls / Laptop specifications- any suggestions?
« on: June 20, 2008, 11:21:08 PM »
I am trying to build my laptop right now, and don't know much about computers, so I don't know how much of everything I should add..don't want to overkill if I don't have to. Now it is a toss up between about a Dell Latitude D630 (best discount through my school) or the pricier XPS 1330. Anyway, the recommended minimum  is 1.8 ghz processor, 2 gb RAM, and 80 GB hard drive. I do have another older laptop that I hope to use for music/pictures/"play"....but who knows how long it will hang on...and I want to give myself  enough room so that I don't experience problems in the 3 yrs I'll be using it. For the most part I'll be using the computer for basic stuff- internet/microsoft office programs. Should I add more memory, more harddrive, both? How much?

Also, what are the best websites to look for laptop discount/coupon codes. Not seeing any out there right now for the XPS..which is fine, because I'm waiting until the beg of August to buy...but would like to get the extra savings if possible.

Thanks for your input! Really appreciate it.

Current Law Students / Re: Forget MAC or PC, what laptop is the best?
« on: June 17, 2008, 10:18:19 PM »
The general consensus on this thread is that it is very easy to buy Windows XP/run Bootcamp and run the exam software on a MAC. Has anyone heard of complications with this? Is it simple to do? I am not very computer savvy and can just see my computer not working on exam day...

Also, if your MAC crashes or needs parts replaced, do you have to ship them away for 6 weeks like Dells, or do they do them in their stores?...

Final Q- when building my MAC online I have no idea how much extra stuff I should add on (memory/harddrive/etc). The list the poster wrote above me is about the extent of my computer use, lol. Any computer gurus out there wanna give me some advice?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Florida 2011
« on: June 08, 2008, 09:37:16 PM »
To the current UF law students that browse this thread-

Do you use UF's health insurance plans or a private plan? I am turning 23 this year and will be off my parents' plan. Was wondering what most law students end up doing...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Florida 2011
« on: May 29, 2008, 08:16:02 PM »
I'm a longtime Gator, going in to my 2L year. 

Just want to say welcome everyone, and forget gym memberships.  UF has you covered from every angle.  Lap pools, gyms, tennis courts, weight rooms, aerobics, tons and tons of options.

Southwest Rec Center, the best one, is open until 1AM five nights a week, and 10pm on weekends.

If I could afford/ convince my parents to buy me a gym pass at a private gym, I would totally jump on it. Signing up 30 minutes to an hour beforehand for ellipticals...getting to spinning/kickboxing classes 30-40 minutes before the class starts to reserve a seat...not exactly convenient. But if you like to workout during non-peak hours, it would probably be ok. I know some people that don't mind the UF gyms but I have actually started running outside more as an effort to avoid SW.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Help! UF vs. UM
« on: May 22, 2008, 12:58:57 PM »
A "Hurricane Nation" doesn't exist, am I right? :) Miami is a much smaller school than UF. If your friend goes to UF, they should be able to go out of state by tapping the huge  GATOR alumni network. Seems like Miami is great if you want to establish connections in the Miami area or perhaps transition into New York biglaw (which you can do from UF too, either way you have to do well)...otherwise, you are looking at a much smaller alumni base.

There is also the lifestyle to consider. Anyone who has lived or has known anyone that has lived in South Florida can tell you that it is much MUCH different than Gainesville or anywhere else in Florida for that matter. But to correct another poster, Gainesville isn't exactly a collection of farms and cattle ranches. It's got over 100,00 people and it's a very young fun city that is close to a lot of other areas in FL such as Tampa (2 hours), Orlando (2 hours), and Jacksonville (1 and a half hours). I'm biased because I've been at Florida for 4 years, so I would tell your friend to visit each place for a weekend and see which he likes more. Since money isn't a deciding factor he should talk with each school about their program, job placement/career services, etc...and experience the cities for himself...and not base his decision off of other people's opinions online... :) 

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