Google is a confounding company. We all interact with it daily; almost everyone uses Google Search and Google Maps, at least. Android is running on an overwhelming number of new phones and tablets, with such a commanding lead that it’s fair to say that Android is the new Windows.
And yet . . .
Google Now is the remarkable virtual assistant that provides useful information before you ask for it. Here’s some background about Google Now. If you’re in the Google ecosystem, it will remind you about appointments on your Google calendar, pop up boarding passes that it pulls from Gmail as you approach the gate at the airport, and remind you when it’s time to head for the station to catch the last train of the night. […] continued
The Service Soon Not To Be Known As Skydrive got some nice updates recently – along with a court decision that gives Microsoft yet another nasty branding problem.
The good news is that Skydrive continues to add new features at a rapid pace. (If you’re new to Skydrive, you’ll find lots of articles here to help you get caught up.)
PHOTOS If you have photos stored in Skydrive, the Skydrive web site now offers new options for viewing them. Skydrive automatically adapts to the resolution of the display you’re using, so high-resolution photos look better on high-resolution monitors. There’s a new display that shows all photos by date, regardless of the folders they’re stored in, and a new filter in case you want to narrow that a bit. […] continued
We’re right in the middle of a perfect technology storm, a wild ride that makes the last twenty years look tame. A recent article about law office practice management programs will serve as an example but the principle is true in every area for every kind of business.
The storm is caused by a platform shift from computers to mobile devices. For business people, the small devices are largely a complement to the traditional reliance on computers, but there is an increasing urgency to the desire for business information to be available on phones and tablets. There are statistics here: 89% of lawyers are using a smartphone for law-related tasks outside the office, and using them for more than just calendar checks – most of the attorneys specifically claim to be using practice management apps. […] continued
There are two other things to mention briefly about different ways to archive your Outlook mailbox.
I have been asked whether it’s possible to prevent employees from deleting or changing anything in their mail folders. Yes – but . . .
Office 365 has plans that permit a mailbox to be put on “litigation hold.” If a business or law firm is sued in a situation where evidence must be preserved, the litigation hold ensures that no messages ever disappear completely. […] continued
It’s not a secret that the tech industry is being distorted by our imperfect patent system. Companies are being purchased to obtain their patent portfolios rather than, say, their product lines or talented employees. The mobile phone market seems to be driven as much by patent lawsuits as by genuine innovation. Here’s an eye-opening chart of the lawsuits among the major smartphone competitors, which summarizes the state of affairs this way:
“A slew of lawsuits are rocking the smartphone industry as nearly every major manufacturer fights to get cash from the others for using its patents, to block its opponents’ products from being imported into the U.S., or just to bleed out their energy paying for lawyers rather than engineers.
Noted science fiction author and Boing Boing curator Cory Doctorow delivered an important speech last month in London, explaining why attempts by copyright owners to lock down computers and web sites inevitably lead to surveillance and censorship, and how the copyright battles presage bigger fights to come over the very future of general-purpose computers. It’s fascinating and convincing – a must-read for anyone interested in the policy arguments about copyrights, Internet freedom, and how poor decisions now might affect us later. It’s been posted as an article here and deserves to be read and discussed and shared.
We don’t know how to build a general-purpose computer that is capable of running any program except for some programs that we don’t like, are prohibited by law, or which loses us money.
Until now very small law firms have seldom used a true document management system, but even the smallest firm is starting to feel pressured to consider one to deal with an ever-increasing number of files. NetDocuments has the forward-facing features that put it at the top of the list of document management systems to consider.
It’s easy to start out with nothing but a moderately well-organized filing system – folders named after clients, files named more or less according to a system, and drafts emailed from person to person. […] continued
Rocket Matter is one of the most likable online services for small law offices. It handles case management, timekeeping, and billing in clean, well-designed screens presented in a web browser, with all data stored online. Take a few minutes and sign up for a demo! It’s an easy, pleasant way to get an idea of how an online program can take over functions that have traditionally been done by programs installed on your local computer. I watched a demo last week and came away with warm fuzzy feelings – nice people offering a nice product.
Small law offices have had few appealing options for case management and billing in the last few years. The only choices have been old warhorses that are showing their age badly, with interfaces that were obviously designed decades ago, and in some cases running on databases that are long obsolete. Amicus, Time Matters, Abacus, Timeslips, and the rest – quirky, tired, buggy (despite their decades of development), and increasingly unable to cope with new operating systems and new versions of other office software.
The landscape is finally changing. I’m going to call attention to several new programs and services for law firms and small businesses that look just grand. […] continued
There is a fascinating and informative series of articles by a lawyer and former federal prosecutor about his efforts to unearth information about a scammer who sent a phony “invoice” to his firm. It’s a well-known and simple scam – send something that looks like an invoice for a service that was never ordered or delivered, hoping that it will get paid by someone who doesn’t notice that it’s phony. I used to see variations on this for domain registration scams.
The author describes the series this way:
I’ve decided to dedicate some time and money to investigating this scam and the people and companies responsible for it.