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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Robot news
« on: December 11, 2004, 10:00:10 AM »
Hostly, I don't know what you are talking about.  I thought you were discussing credible news sources that present a balanced portrait of current events.  NPR is fantastic when it comes to this. 

General Off-Topic Board / Re: 500mb to 1gb memory
« on: December 11, 2004, 09:41:24 AM »
I wonder how much it would cost for my desktop PC? 

I'll need at least another 500MB.

General Off-Topic Board / The Difference Between RAM Memory and HD Memory
« on: December 11, 2004, 09:40:00 AM »
So, I thought up this little analogy for those who are wondering what the distinction is between hard-disk space and RAM.

If anyone has any comments or additions, then feel free to add on.

When you buy a computer there will be two main types of memory:  RAM and HD space ("HD" = Hard Disk/Drive).  HD will be the higher number of the two.

Think of an apartment that has an attic located near the back of the unit.  OK..  Your Hard Disk (HD) space is your attic.  This is where you store holiday decorations, winter/summer/spring clothes, old blenders, picture albums, etc...  You get the idea.

Now in order to move things from your attic to the rest of the house, or in order to move a new sofa into your living room, or have guests over and entertain, you need wide hallways and a nice-sized living room.  Your living room and hallways on your computer is your RAM.  This is the temporary space that you use to either store temporarly objects or move things into/out of/around the apartment.

There it is.  So, if you are the sort of person who likes to have an IM chat program running while playing a network game, and while typing out a term paper on Word, and while downloading/installing some files, then you'll need a computer with lots of RAM.

If you are an audio/video pack-rat who take digital pictures/video and just stores them on your computer for later use, then you'll need a ton of HD space. 

If you are an audio/video junkie who stores these files and then edits them or uses them a lot, then you will need both HD space and RAM since that sort of software technology takes up lots of memory in both categories. 

General Off-Topic Board / Re: 500mb to 1gb memory
« on: December 11, 2004, 09:30:45 AM »
I think that I have around 256, 'cause I bought this system about 3 years ago.  My board upgrades to around 1-1.2 GB, though.

About how much will it cost?  I think that I have DDR Ram, but how do I tell? 

Its been awhile since I upgraded RAM chips, but it was pretty easy from what I remember.  I'd love to upgrade and grab some more speed.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Robot news
« on: December 11, 2004, 09:27:56 AM »
I listen to (and stand by) National Public Radio (NPR).

Well, in that case:  Har-vard is the best school ev-er (said with a robot voice)

You know, it might also be on account of your 149...???

Law School Admissions / Re: Online vs. Paper Applications
« on: December 11, 2004, 08:51:38 AM »
Indeed.  LSAC allows you to attach documents to your application, and the LSAC database automatically coverts the files to Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.  Then, you can preview the documents to see how they will turn out.

Now, I'd like to address this quote:

Online Application much easier and time saving...however, as some have mentioned, there is some small risks involved...such as..,17068.0.html

When you say, "small risks", I would actually disagree.  I read the link you posted, and it appears that the applicant was contacted by a law school which did not receive his essay via the online application.  Either the applicant did not thoroughly save everything before submitting his app, or the system made an error.  Either way, the LAW SCHOOL still contacted him. 

Read my post above one more time.  I mentioned that if there is a problem with your online application, then the school will contact you and let you know.  TRUST ME, it is still better to apply online vs. paper because if you leave something out of your snail-mailed application, then it may take a month before they let you know.  Apply online, and they'll let you know within a few days if you are missing anything.

Also, on your LSAC account you can click the "transmitted applications" link, access the submitted application menu, and view a copy of everything that has been sent to the law school.  If you spot a mistake, or see something left out, you can email the school and update them.

I like to read through my applications a couple days after submitting them just to make sure that everything was filled out correctly.

Choosing the Right Law School / North Carolina Central University
« on: December 11, 2004, 04:22:19 AM »
Anyone have info on this school?  I heard that most of the classes are held at either Duke or UNC, Chapel Hill, but the tuition is really low.

Has anyone every transferred from this school into anywhere else?

Law School Admissions / Re: Online vs. Paper Applications
« on: December 11, 2004, 03:20:07 AM »
As Draino and some of the others around here know, I used to work in the law admissions office at a top-20 school. 

First, from all of the research that I have done, it does not cost more to submit your applications online.  If anything, it would be discounted.  For instance, W&L and Widener waive the application fee for you if you submit electronically.

Second, the applications and attached documents will print out just fine, and if they don't then the school will let you know to re-submit.  But you can just click the "preview" link on LSAC to see a PDF version of how your attached documents will look. 

Third, and here is the NUMBER ONE REASON for applying online.  Each law school has a database that they keep for their applicant pool.  Each person has a special number and a file with all of the details in it.  This information will be submitted in one of two ways:  Manually, or automatic update.  If you snail mail your application then it will go into a stack of files that will then go to a work-study student who does data entry for 5 hours or so.  So, if things at the office get busy then it will take time to get your application into the system.  Once you are in the database, then you will get a file, and then your LSDAS report will be ordered.  However, if you submit online then you skip the process of data entry, and your get a file within 48 hours.  This means that your file is going to the admissions committe FASTER than those applications which were mailed regularly.

You see, when you apply electronically LSAC sends not just the application, but the DATA to the law schools.  You automatically get an applicant number when you apply online, rather than waiting up to 2 weeks for one.

I've talked with quite a few people who still submit paper versions of their applications.  Trust me though, around this time of year at the law office where I worked we would have 5 to 6 post-office bins FILLED with manually submitted applications.  I watched all of the onling applications completely shortcut these people all the time and get to the admissions committee faster.

Choosing the Right Law School / Hurley is Back
« on: December 09, 2004, 08:30:09 PM »
Hello LSD'ers!  I've decided to repent of my waywardness and come back to LSD.  That means that I'll be reviving that old Q&A thread, making silly observations, and sticking around!

It is good to be back.

Looks like we have tons of new faces, and a few veterans have left.  I'm sure that I'll get caught up with things soon.  :)

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