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

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?

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?

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?

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 (]