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Archive for March, 2003

My TechShow Handouts Posted to Web (PDF)

Monday, March 31st, 2003

I have now placed copies of my handouts for TechShow on my web site in PDF format. The first set is for a presentation called “Are Clients Driving Your IT Strategy?” and the second is “The Technology Manifesto: Working Closer With Your Business Partners.” Both presentations will be on April 5.
Tom Mighell, Sabrina Pacifici and I have been working on getting a group of bloggers and bloggers-to-be together for lunch on Thursday at TechShow after Sabrina and Tom’s presentation on blogging. I invite you to join us. Also, please say hello and introduce yourself to me at TechShow.

Law Blogs All on One Page

Wednesday, March 26th, 2003

Bob Helmer has created the Daily Whirl, a one-stop shop to see headlines from many of the lawyer and law blogs now available. The site also offers a lot of personalization options. Another good example of lawyers creatively using blogs and feeds.

How CIOs Are Responding to Economic Pressures

Wednesday, March 26th, 2003

In tbe CIO Roundtable–Leadership for Tough Times, 5 CIOs discuss their responses to current economic pressures and the emphasis on value. Among the items discussed: outsourcing, maintenance license renegotiation and reduced service levels for cost cutting purposes. This economic reality brings to the surface a legal reality: each of these items raise difficult and important legal issues that can and should be addressed up front.

Law Firms Not Alone in Using Old Operating Systems

Wednesday, March 26th, 2003

Computerworld offers an interesting report on IT managers who have yet to upgrade from aging operating systems. Definitely worth a read and as CW aptly describes it, the article is a “rare look at those users on the lagging edge.” The article on Windows NT is a must-read for those still on that OS.

War News and Blogs

Monday, March 24th, 2003

It seems that everyone is looking for good sources of current Iraq info. Lately, I’m consistently returning to these: The Agonist, The Mercury News War Watch,, and the comprehensive blog, which will lead you to many, many resources.

Setting Up an 802.11b Home Wireless Network

Monday, March 24th, 2003

Wei-Meng Lee’s recent article on the O’Reilly Network is a solid, well-illustrated primer on setting up a WiFi home network.

Tomorrow’s Tech

Monday, March 24th, 2003

ZDNet’s Anchordesk has a good collection of articles in a special report on personal technology choices that may help you make decisions about hardware, software, and services over the next 18 months.

CFOs Eye IT Security, Sell-side Systems

Monday, March 24th, 2003

Interesting report from iSource Online summarizes the results of a recent survey of CFOs on IT issues. While it’s no surprise that security remains a major concern, the primary emphasis for CFOs in 2003 will be improvements in customer-facing systems. Other news of note, most CFOs remain wary of outsourcing and 25% of CFOs do not communicate with CIOs on budgets.

Open Source in the Corporate Environment – Practical Issues

Tuesday, March 18th, 2003

I found two great articles today on the practical issues involved in using Open Source software (Linux, et al.) in the corporate environment.
The first comes from the ever useful CIO Magazine (free to qualified subscribers) and is called “Your Open Source Plan.” The abstract says, “Once a toy for geeks, open source is slowly but surely filtering into the enterprise and transforming the way software is designed, sold and supported. And any CIO without an open-source strategy in 2003 will be paying too much for IT in 2004.” This article is as good a piece as I’ve seen on practical aspects of Open Source in the corporate enterprise, and includes a good number of actual “from the trenches” reports. Highly recommended.
The second, called “Free and Clear?” by Sanjay Murthi in Intelligent Enterprise, sets out a good summary of business issues involved in selecting Open Sources options, concluding that looking at only licensing costs is unwise indeed. It’s a good companion piece for the optimistic CIO article.
Are there many legal issues with the Open Source licenses? Only enough for me to write a law review article. See “A Primer on Open Source License Legal Issues: Copyright, Copyleft and Copyfuture,” from the St. Louis U. Public Law Review. I also keep a set of links to resources on Legal issues on the Open Source licenses at

Revisiting the Legal Technology Primer

Monday, March 17th, 2003

As some of you know, for a few years I have been collecting my articles on legal technology topics in the form of an “online book” as a method of organizing what is now approximately 100 articles. I’ve referred to that online book as “The Legal Technology Primer.”
As a few others of you know, I’ve recently been working on re-editing The Legal Technology Primer, with the idea of turning it into an e-book and/or downloadable PDF book, in large part because it is quite unwieldy to read in its current online version. After finishing up a first pass this evening, I was pleasantly surprised by how well some of the older pieces still stand up and how interested I still am in many of the themes that I addressed much earlier in my writing (simplicity, usability, workability).
There were two articles in particular that I found especially interesting. One was called “Fast Fish and New Technologies: Ten Advantages Small Firms Have Over Large Firms,” which seems even more accurate today, especially since I’ve spent the past 3 years at a firm over 300 lawyers, than it was when I wrote it in 1997. The second is called “Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and Late Night Thoughts on Rethinking the Practice of Law,” ostensibly a book review of the book, Dealers of Lightning, about Xerox and its legendary ability to develop new and compelling technologies but inability to bring them to market. When I wrote that article, it felt very unfinished (hence the title) and I keep thinking that I’m going to return to it and the themes it addressed, but now I’m thinking that it, in its own way, may stand as it is.
I recommend both articles, both to those of you who are familiar with my writing and those of you who are not, as windows into some of the issues about law and technology that fascinate me most.