A Reflection on Blogging at the End of 2005

This quote from Rich Karlgaard via Doc Searls captures something essential about blogging at the end of 2005:

Blogging is not overhyped. You may be forgiven for thinking so, as no day goes by without a story on blogs. But blogs are no fad. They are cheap and easy to do. And blogs fulfill that deepest of human needs as defined by psychologist Abraham Maslow: self-actualization. People write blogs because they want to know themselves and want to be known by others and because they want their lives to count. When a communications medium is both riding the Moore’s Law cost-capability curve and tapping into a deep need, it’s no fad.

All best wishes for 2006!
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

X1 Licenses Are Almost – Get Yours Now

As I mentioned here, the nice people at X1 are providing fifty licenses for the X1 Desktop Search tool for readers of this blog who email me with a request for the URL for the download. My rough estimate is that there are around fifteen of them left, so if you would like one be sure to email me (denniskennedyblog @ gmail.com) with your request for the down load URl soon. I appreciate it when you include comments about this blog with your request. As any blogger will tell you, it’s fascinating to see who reads your blog.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www/denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Disaster Remembrance Week

Blogs got a lot of attention in 2005 – for a lot of reasons, good and bad. However, there probably has not been enough attention paid to the practical impact blogs have had in times of disaster to assist others in need.
The WorldWideHelp Group is promoting this week as Disaster Remembrance Week.
From the announcement:
Last December and this January, the online community came together as never before to help in the aid efforts in South-East Asia. The lessons learned there were put to use, and improved upon, when the other tragic events of the year unfolded.
Can we harness that goodwill, that togetherness, that willingness to help once more?

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

Looking for a Little Help Researching “Of Counsel” Arrangements

I’m working on a little research project, maybe it will turn into an article, on the practical aspects of “of counsel” arrangements between lawyers and law firms.
In part, my working hypothesis is that “virtual law firms” (I know that some of you don’t like that term, but bear with me) will be founded on the evolution of “tried and true” legal relationships between lawyers rather than on some kind of new form of “affiliation” or other relationship model.
It seemed like a straightforward topic, until I started doing a little research and couldn’t find much of anything.
Here’s what I’m looking for some help on:
1. Collections of resources, outlines and articles on this topic (non-premium resources, to the extent possible). Send me the URLs.
2. If you are willing, sanitized copies of “of counsel” agreements so I can see what the standard approaches are.
3. Information, including anecdotal info, about financial and other arrangements and the successes and failures of this approach.
4. Discussion of ethical and practical issues.
I’ll create a page of links to the best of the resources I find and post it here and/or on my website.
Thanks for your help.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Free X1 Desktop Search Licenses as Gift to Readers of this Blog (Limit of 50)

The nice people at X1 have graciously agreed to provide up to 50 of the readers of my blog with a free license to the X1 Desktop Search tool ($75 regular price). I wanted to used this offer as a way to say thank you to readers of my blog.
There’s been no category of software hotter in 2005 than the desktop search category. X1 is one of the leaders in the category. The tool will let you swiftly search files and email as if you have a search engine for your hard drive. I can tell you that Microsoft Outlook seems like a completely different program once you use a desktop search tool for searching your email.
All you need to do is to be one of the first 50 people to email me (preferably at denniskennedyblog @ gmail.com) with a request for the URL you’ll need for the download and I’ll get you the info you need. The URL has a built-in counter that will cut things off at 50 or at an expiration date in January, so I’ll simply ask you to download one copy only. Once the 50 downloads happen, the offer will end. If you’d like to pass along some comments or suggestions about my blog, I encourage you to do so.
By the way, although I am, of course, interested in sponsor inquiries, I’m also happy to talk to vendors about doing promotions like this one that provide benefits to readers of this blog (without requiring any more effort from me than this one does) or other discount / affiliate marketing arrangements.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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