I have generally metered it a lot this past semester because I have gotten increasingly lazy and unwilling to walk from the E-14 shuttle lot in cold or rainy weather. A lot of people just take the shuttle, but I refused to and will only walk to school. It is only a .6 mile walk from the shuttle lot and really I can walk it in under 10 minutes.
I also wanted to add a little caveat about advice on law school computer use in general. You may forget about this at some point during your 1L year, or you may read this and think "whatever, that wouldn't happen to me because I have a new computer and it is a high quality brand." OR "that is just some freak accident thing that never really happens." Because that is EXACTLY what I thought during orientation when a 2L told me this and I brushed it off and forgot about it. DON'T. This could very well save your sanity. Ready?
BACK EVERYTHING UP ROUTINELY, AND DURING FINALS AND OUTLINING BACK EVERYTHING UP OBSESSIVELY!!!!!!!
Two days before my second final and right before I was about to print my outline that I had spent enormous amounts of time on, my computer CRASHED. So I spent all morning trying to get it started and fix it on my own, and then spent all day dealing with Geek Squad at Best Buy trying to get it fixed. LUCKILY and miraculously they were able to pull my files off and put them on a zip so I could study. Unfortunately, they were not able to fix it before my final I had to take on it so my parents bought me a new computer.
The first computer was a Dell XPS which was only about 8 months old. High end NEW computer. The brand new computer I bought was a Dell as well. During my final it was having some serious issues with loading my test and when I got home, it turned out that some of my programs were disabled, I had no control panel, and my desktop icons had apparently disappeared. So I took it back to Best Buy and it turns out that my DAY OLD computer just so happened to be a lemon with a bad hard drive. SO, they replaced the whole computer with a new one. I told Geek Squad that I was not leaving the store until I had A computer, and camped out in Best Buy last night until after close while they tried to fix my two computers and then do the installations on my new new one. I FINALLY have a new new functioning computer that seems to have a control panel and a legitimate hard drive.
I was warned by a 2L last year who told a room of us during orientation that her computer crashed and she lost all of her notes for the semester because she hadn't been backing stuff up. I was incredibly lucky that Dell was able to get in and pull stuff off my computer, because it could have just as easily gone the other way and I would probably be in some insane asylum right now lol. But the moral of the story is: technology sucks, don't trust it for one second, and BACK EVERYTHING UP (zip drive, cds, email it to yourself, SOMETHING) so in the very worse case scenario you will not completely lose a semester of work during finals week and be up a very unpleasant creek without a paddle...
Good God computers suck...