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Archive for December, 2003

Peter Matthiessen’s End of the Earth

Thursday, December 4th, 2003

Peter Matthiessen is a favorite of mine. I recently finished his book about his two trips to the Antarctic called “End of the Earth,” which I enjoyed immensely. Few of us will ever get to make a trip to Antarctica (and even if we wanted to, the realities of the trip seem a little daunting), so it’s great to see this world through Matthiessen’s eyes. He weaves history, nature studies and travelogue all together in what for me was a compelling read (I mean, I read until I had finished it in one sitting).
So, I couldn’t wait to recommend it on my blog and was thinking of getting copies for presents. I checked it out on Amazon and can only say that the one reviewer seems to be a little grumpy and I had the opposite reaction. It’s a very good avenue to explore one of the last pure areas on earth.

Tom Mighell Solves My Major Acrobat Annoyance

Thursday, December 4th, 2003

Perhaps the best thing about news aggregators is that I can now monitor all the cool things my friends are writing about.
Tom Mighell is certainly one of the leading lawyer bloggers and he provides a ton of great information. He recently wrote about a common Adobe Acrobat problem.
Tom writes:
“I don’t know about you, but I think it’s a pain in the #$! when Adobe Acrobat Reader opens right in my browser when I try to read a PDF file. Worse, when I’m done viewing the PDF, the small Acrobat applet doesn’t unload, often causing my system to freeze up.”
Hey, that happens to me all the time. But not any more because Tom provides a couple of solutions for the problem.
Ah, it’s so great when you can eliminate one of those little irritations. Thanks, Tom.

DigiLearn Online CLE Programs

Thursday, December 4th, 2003

I am the author of several (soon to be more) online CLE programs available through an online CLE provider called DigiLearn. For those exploring online CLE options, I encourage you take a look at what DigiLearn offers.

December Issue of Law Practice Today Now Available

Thursday, December 4th, 2003

The latest issue of the Law Practice Today webzine is now online. The featured theme this month is branding and there are a number of good articles on law firm branding, along with new articles on finance, management, marketing and technology issues.
My “Strongest Links” column discusses good Internet resources on branding.
And a note of congratulations to our ace webmaster and all-around tech and production guy at Law Practice Today, Fred Faulkner, who is getting married ths week. Fred makes the webzine happen and it is a pleasure to work with him. Congratulations and best wishes on your wedding, Fred.

Good Article on the New Nanotech Act

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003

A very good article in Small Times does a great job of summarizing the new nanotech act signed into law by the president this week.
One of the authors, Howard Lovy, has a great blog on nanotech developments called “Howard Lovy’s Nanobot.

Hijacked Computers Responsible For One-Third Of All Spam

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003

TechDirt reports that one-third of spam is sent from “zombie” computers that have been taken over as a result of “Trojan horse” programs.
The important lessons:
1. Even if you think that you are too small or uninteresting for the bad guys to want to break into your system, there are many other reasons than getting your data that make your unsecured computer an inviting target, no matter who you are.
2. Good security practices are a social responsibility of all users of the Internet.
3. I was recently on a panel with an FBI agent who said that some Eastern European hackers command networks of thousands of “zombie” computers. More worrisome, no one knows exactly what damage these networks might produce or exactly why they have been created.
4. At the very least, implement the recommended three basic security steps.
5. Look for Trojans on your computer with appropriate anti-virus or spyware detection software.

Legal Is from Mars, Security Is from Venus

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003

David Holtzman wrote a very good little article for CSO magazine called “Legal Is from Mars, Security Is from Venus,” which points out the often-too-obvious fact that many times lawyers and IT people speak in completely different languages. Holtzman makes some good observations and draws a good conclusion – we can learn from each other. I’m consistently shocked by the number of lawyers who are unfamiliar with even the language of computer security, let alone the techniques and issues. I sometimes feel like a long lost friend who has finally returned when IT people realize that I can talk in their language and understand what they are saying and their points of view. I’m afraid to think about what happens in contracts and other legal work when there isn’t even a basic level of understanding.

The Fourfold Path to Email Enlightenment

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003

Kind of a big day for me in the publishing world. My latest take on e-mail management, “The Fourfold Path to Email Enlightenment,” is one of the featured articles in the new “issue” of LLRX.com. The article sets out my approach to email management that focuses on four key “pressure points” where you can have the greatest impact on taking charge of your email. The article is based pretty closely upon a presentation I gave a couple of times last year and was originally published by the excellent people at Law Office Computing magazine. I am grateful that Sabrina has given the article a wider audience by putting up on LLRX.com.

Beating Information Overload with News Aggregators

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003

The ever-excellent Law Practice Management (now Law Practice) Magazine has published one of my most recent articles. It’s called “Beating Information Overload with News Aggregators” and it is my best effort to explain in plain language why I think RSS Feeds and news aggregators are the most amazingly cool thing going these days.
I focus on the user experience of having the info you want coming to you, the sense of control you get, and other benefits of being able to process info efficiently.
In short, I try to explain why THE NEXT BIG THING IS ALREADY HERE.
Anyway, I give you my take on it and hope that people find the article helpful (1) in using feeds and aggregators in cool and useful ways and (2) in explaining to unbelievers what all the fuss is about. Blogging is cool, but feeds and aggregators are way cool. I’m interested in feedback on this article.
Also, the rest of the articles in the current issue are uniformly excellent and I especially recommend Marc Lauritsen’s article, “Smart Pads on the Wireless Web,” and Dan Pinnington’s article, “Working With Microsoft Outlook,” to lawyers and non-lawyers alike. I have badgered both Marc and Dan to start blogging because they have so many good ideas and cool things to say.
And, of course, many thanks to Dave Winer, Nick Bradbury and the many others who have helped to bring all this to us.

ABA Journal – The Top Ten in Tech

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003

Maybe I’m a little silly, but I’m excited to be quoted in the ABA Journal for the first time. It’s not making the cover of the Rolling Stone, of course, but it’s cool.
And it’s fun to be quoted in an article with luminaries like Ernie the Attorney and others.
Jason Krause has written a very good article called “The Top Ten in Tech,” an overview of some of the leading tech trends in the legal profession. He covers most of the significant trends that have unfolded in the last year and I definitely recommend the article.
For those who have grown accustomed to my annual legal tech predictions article (see last year’s article), I’ve started work on my 2004 article, which will have some cool and provocative ideas, I believe.