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Archive for March, 2005

By Request Tuesday – Is It Possible to Do a “By Request Tuesday” on a Tuesday On Which You are Traveling?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

Apparently not this Tuesday. Maybe tomorrow.

The Best Article I’ve Read on Blawging

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

Reid Trautz points to a great article by Sarah Kellog in the Washington Lawyer that covers the blawg world more comprehensively and more insightfully than any other article I’ve seen so far. If you want to get a good grasp on lawyer blogging, this is the article you will want to start with.
I would say this even if I wasn’t quoted in the article.
I had a great time talking with Sarah when she interviewed me for the article, but I had all but forgotten about it. I’m grateful to Reid for pointing out the article and grateful to Sarah for telling the story of legal bloggers and blogging in such an effective way.
By the way, the money quote from me is this one:
“It opens up a question that is going to become increasingly important as years go by: How do we teach people to evaluate resources critically?”
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Announcing “Between Lawyers” – An Excellent New Adventure in Blawgland

Monday, March 28th, 2005

Let me join Denise Howell, Tom Mighell, Marty Schwimmer and Ernest Svenson in announcing our new joint blogging adventure called “Between Lawyers.” Thanks to visionary genius and generosity of Hylton Jolliffe at Corante, we have started a group blog that will join the family of great Corante blogs, all of which you will want to spend some time reading.
The Between Lawyers feed is here.
As Ernie mentions, the five of us have been having a bunch of great conversations on a back channel email list for a while and decided that some of those conversations would work well in a public forum. I’m intrigued by the way that we can use Between Lawyers to take some experimental approaches to blogging and how we can open up the way practicing lawyers work to the public.
As usual, the goal is to be both educational and entertaining. Ernie gives the original derivation of the blog title here. We were also thrilled when Hylton instantly approved our idea to have a “Lawyer X” contributor that we can each use as an avatar for “anonymous” posts.
If our email list is any indication, we’ll cover quite a range of topics.
It’s worth taking a look at the mission statement for Between Lawyers:
“Between Lawyers provides just-in-time group commentary on the issues raised when technology, culture and the law intersect. We take you behind the firewalls and conference room doors to show you how experienced lawyers deal with these issues and help you prepare for the new challenges we all face.”
Lawyers are often seen as one of the last bastions of an era when a select group of high priests controlled access to specialized information. The Internet and blogging point us toward the end of that era. In our own ways, we want to be the lawyers in the space between the old era and the era to come.
If we can’t reach that high ideal, then the Wayne’s World thing would be a good result too.
We hope you visit the new blog and subscribe to the feed.

New Electronic Discovery Blog from Mary Mack Debuts

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Julia Wotipka, the driving force behind the great site, let me know about Mary Mack’s new electronic discovery blog called Sound Evidence: E-Discovery Simplified (RSS feed). It looks like it’s off to a great start. Mary is a well-respected authority in the electronic discovery world.
Electronic discovery is such a huge topic that it’s always good to see more coverage of the topic.
Mary will be at BlawgConnect 2005 and you’ll have the chance to congratulate her on her blog launch there.

Being an Idea Person

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

People often tell me that I am an “idea person.” I’m starting to believe it. As they say, it’s a blessing and a curse.
I found a great post from Curt Rosengren on “idea people” called “Half my ideas are stupid (and that’s the way I like it).”
Rosengren notes three lessons he’s learned about being an idea person:
1) I’ve got a lot of ideas
2) Half of them are stupid
3) The other half are exactly what’s needed
As he notes, you have to allow yourself to have #2 so you can get to #3.
I’d note that his ratio of #3 to #2 is pretty darned good.
He goes on to say: “There’s something incredibly freeing about just being able to have ideas, and not tying your ego to how amazing each and every one is. And it unclogs the pipeline to make sure that the absolute best ones make their way out to a place where they can be put to use.”
Great post.
My observations on this subject are:
1. It’s pretty rare to find people who will throw out idea after idea and have them shot down because of the ego factor. People like working with me because I can do that (or so they tell me) without reaching a point where it becomes necessary to start throwing things and walking off in a huff.
2. Being known as an idea person actually helps you get through the bad ideas without getting too ego-involved.
3. Some people have much less patience for the ideas in stage #2 than others do. No one has as much patience for my stage #2 as I do.
4. If you treat as ideas as simply ideas (not “your ideas”) and are willing to free up ideas and let other people judge whether they are “good” or not, you really do get the best ideas “out to a place where they can be put to use.”
5. Removing as much ego as possible from the process makes you much calmer when the day comes when, inevitably, you see someone claim credit for an idea you originated. The good news on those days is that your friends always remember the idea came from you.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

By Request Tuesday – Weren’t You Hinting at Some Big BlawgChannel Announcement a While Back?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Yes. Any day now.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

By Request Tuesday – What New Technologies Have Gotten Your Attention Lately?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

I noticed this past weekend that I had two new technology obsessions. That doesn’t count my ongoing RSS and .Net / web services passions. I also consider my Tablet PC / OneNote thing as more an infatuation with tools rather than a true new tech obsession.
The first of the two new tech obsessions is the newest one and most amorphous. It’s Microsoft SharePoint Services and what its potential might be in an outsourced hosting environment.
The second grows out of some conversations I had with Bill French last year and goes back to my interest in the most fundamental concept about XML – the division of content from display. This one is a cool tech obsession because it has a high acronym ratio. It is XML and XSLT and, in particular, the ways you might be able to use XML in Microsoft Office.
I’m still at the thinking, rather than doing, stage in obsession #1, but I’m starting to take baby steps in obsession #2.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

By Request Tuesday – Are You Writing Less Frequently about Technology?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

No and yes. It appears that I am writing less frequently on technology topics for a few reasons.
1. I’ve written a good number of chapters for books and articles for print publications that simply have not appeared yet. I’m pretty much in a holding pattern on those topics until those articles and chapters appear in print.
2. I’ve been working on quite a few new presentations and handout materials. Some conference organizers prefer that you not publish handout materials before you make your presentations.
3. Some people don’t count articles on blogging and RSS feeds as “technology” articles, so they “overlook” those writings. It’s long been interesting to me how a good number of people seem to think my articles on Internet topics are not “technology” articles.
4. I’ve been asked on a more regular basis to write on topics that are not specifically technology topics.
5. I’ve been gradually moving my focus toward Internet technologies in my writing, where I believe there is a lack of coverage in terms of technologies for lawyers, and letting some of the excellent young writers on hardware and software topics for lawyers cover some of those areas.
6. I’ve published articles in a number of different outlets and stopped writing a regular legal technology column.
I suspect that if you count up all of the articles in the last year or so (something I’m embarrassingly overdue in doing – and am considering hiring some help to get done – or maybe finding someone to do one of those Lawrence Lessig style fan club echo blogs that covers when my articles appear and when I’m quoted), the numbers won’t be all that different.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

By Request Tuesday – How’s the Tablet PC Experiment Going?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Awesome! I’m finishing up an article on my experience with my HP Tablet PC TC1100 to-date that will appear soon as a TechnoFeature on
A few preview notes:
1. Add Microsoft OneNote to a Tablet PC and you’ll be saying, “Got a Hemi.” OneNote supercharges the Tablet PC experience and is the coolest program I’ve used in a long while.
2. I really like using the stylus instead of a mouse for things like ticking through my email inbox and moving through FeedDemon and reading RSS feeds. Very efficient.
3. I’m a big fan of the smaller form factor and the benefits of a smaller screen when traveling.
4. I’m even more convinced than ever that the Tablet PC is the best computer choice for lawyers.
5. I’ve changed a lot of my thinking about inputting data. There are times when a keyboard makes sense. There are times when writing with a stylus makes sense. There are times when a stylus makes more sense than a mouse. There are times when an external mouse makes more sense than a stylus. I now have also begun to see speech recognition as a much more usable form of input.
6. The Tablet PC starts to make the “paperless” office more realistic to me. Why take notes on paper when you can take the notes on your Tablet PC and have them in digital form?
7. I’m not yet convinced about the actual utility of handwriting recognition, but I can say that the capability of the software to recognize handwriting is, at times, magical.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

By Request Tuesday – Is There a Way to Come to TECHSHOW Just to See Your Presentations?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Of course, you meant “is there a way to attend TECHSHOW just for one day without paying the full registration fee?”
Indeed, there is. Check out the TECHSHOW registration page for special single day rates and, for the bargain hunter, the free exhibits-only option.
We’re trying to make it easy for you to attend. There are many options and one might work well for you.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]