Lunch with Randy Holloway

I was interviewed this morning for an upcoming article about lawyer blogging and ended the interview with my usual comment that the coolest thing about blogging is being part of the community of bloggers and getting to talk with, meet and become friends with other bloggers.
I got off the phone from that interview and had lunch with St. Louis blogger and star Microsoft employee, Randy Holloway. It was great fun and Randy has posted some very nice notes about our conversation on his blog. After those flattering comments, which make me blush, I’ll think I’ll be buying lunch next time. We have a mutual admiration society going because he is very talented and impresses the heck out of me – and he’s fun to hang out with.
I was thinking after Randy and I spoke about some of the difficulties in the field of legal technology. Often, I speak with lawyers who don’t quite get technology or the benefits it can bring. More often, the technology people don’t understand what lawyers do. It can be quite a disconnect.
That’s why it was fun talking with Randy today. He spent a bit of time working at a law firm on a big case with lots of discovery (in the pre-electronic discovery era) before his Microsoft career. He obviously knows the tech side, but he has an uncommon grasp of what lawyers do and how they work. He asks great, insightful questions and has a lot of useful comments and ideas for me. Plus, we get to talk about blogging, podcasting and stuff like that.
I’m also looking forward to getting the chance to see Randy speak at an upcoming SQL 2005 rollout event this fall.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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New Issue of Law Practice Today is Out and Has Podcasting Resources for Lawyers Article

As you know, I confess to a little bias because I am an editor and board member of the ABA’s Law Practice Today webzine, but the new issue is out, with a solo practitioner theme, and it’s great. Lots of good articles and columns.
I must especially recommend Tom Mighell and I’s “Strongest Links” column, called “MP3s, Podcasts and Internet Audio Resources for Lawyers,” which points to a variety of great resources for lawyers interested in podcasting, either as consumers or producers.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Answering Your Questions About Internet Telephony

I’ve been thinking a lot about Internet telephony (VoIP, Skype, et al.) after seeing a great presentation on VoIP and demo by Christian Na of Mitel in May.
One of the most helpful intros to Internet telephony I’ve seen is James Gaskin’s “Top Ten Questions People Ask About Switching to Internet Telephones.” For more reading, you can grab a chapter from his forthcoming book on the subject – Talk is Cheap: Switching to Internet Telephones – on the O’Reilly website (PDF).
As he says, “Everyone leaves home sooner or later, and thousands of people just like you are weaning themselves from Ma Bell every week.”
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A Great Primer on Collaboration Tools

Denham Grey has a great, short primer on the various types of collaboration tools out there today and when, where and why you might find each of them useful. Very helpful, as are the other recent posts on Denham’s blog, making it well worth your while to visit.
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Springsteen on the Floor – Part 2

For those of you who were curious . . . .
Doctor Jeff and I had great luck on Saturday, landing sixth row, orchestra pit tickets for the St. Louis Springsteen show. These are the best seats I’ve ever gotten for a Springsteen concert. Our results for the Milwaukee and St. Louis shows almost make up for the terrible luck we’ve had for the last few tours.
For those of you who like to keep track of these things, my best reserved seats for concerts have probably been:
second row, right in the center, for John Cougar Mellencamp; second row for the Joe Strummer version of the Clash; second row for Neil Young on his great tour with the country band, the International Harvesters; fourth row for Midnight Oil; and fourth row for Neil Young’s “grunge” tour. I’m probably forgetting something that a friend of mine will remind me about.
This doesn’t count the results of various efforts to work my way to the front of shows, especialy in the days of festival floor seating before the Cincinnati Who concert tragedy (like others of my age, I do know someone who was knocked to the ground in that incident, but fortunately was not hurt). I’m also not counting shows in very small venues.
There are, of course, plenty of not-so-good seats on my concert list.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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