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Archive for January, 2006

How Can Web 2.0 Help 24 and Jack Bauer Fans?

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

Brad Feld points to the JackTracker, a way to track Jack Bauer’s activities on 24 using Google Maps. If you are a 24 fan, this app will give you a nice example of what a Web 2.0 app is.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Will NSA’s Guide to Dealing with Word Metadata and PDFs Give You All the Help You Need?

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

As the report says, it should work. Ahem.
Lots of people are linking to the NSA’s Redacting with Confidence: How to Safely Publish Sanitized Reports Converted From Word to PDF. I especially like Ed Bott’s reaction to the guide, which points out a few concerns you might keep in mind if you plan to rely on the guide’s content.
Bott highlights the following quote from the guide:

The following steps were tested with MS Word 2000 and Acrobat 5.0 and 6.0. Other recent versions should work similarly.

The money quote from Bott:

“Should work similarly”? That doesn’t give me a lot of confidence. If you’re going to go to the trouble of producing a definitive set of guidelines for such a crucial subject, why use only one seven-year-old version of Word? How long could it have taken to test these procedures with Word 2002 (from Office XP) and Word 2003 (from Office 2003)? And why not give it a run-through with Acrobat 7.0, the current version?

Caveat emptor. Take advantage of the good information, but be wary of relying only on this guide, especially if you routinely use current versions of software.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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How Do I Trace an Email?

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

Raven on Onimoto has posted a step-by-step explanation, with screen shots, that covers the basics of tracing the paths of emails back to their senders. You can run into the need to trace emails in any number of situations. Keep this helpful guide handy.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)
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How Can I Learn More About Using Adobe Acrobat in the Legal Profession?

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

Rick Borstein at Adobe, who writes the very informative and useful Acrobat for Legal Professionals blog, let me know about the Adobe Acrobat Legal Forum – St. Louis hosted by ILTA and Adobe Systems on January 25.
The agenda includes:

Leverage Acrobat and PDF for eFiling, Archiving, eBriefs, Accessibility and Security.
Create PDF Files from Office Applications such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Internet Explorer.
Assemble an eBrief in Acrobat including Citings and Hyperlinks.
Convert Microsoft Outlook eMail Folders to PDF.
Roundtrip Comments from Acrobat to MS Word.
Discover New Acrobat and Adobe PDF Trends in Legal Services.

To get more information and register online, go to http://www.regonline.com/87961. Registered!
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Welcoming DiscoveryResources.org and Fios as Sponsors

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

I’m so pleased to welcome DiscoveryResources.org, the premier electronic discovery resource center on the Internet, as a new sponsor of DennisKennedy.Blog. In addition, Fios, a leading electronic discovery service provider, will be sponsoring the Legal Technology Central section of my website, which I am now in the process of updating and adding resources and new pages.
Please take a look at what’s going on at DiscoveryResources.org and Fios by clicking on the sponsor banners when you see them.
I’m so pleased to see legal technology vendors seeing the potential of using blogs as a way to reach their target audiences and am pleased to be associated with an innovative and forward-looking company like Fios.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

Will I See You at Legal Tech NY?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Well, I certainly hope so.
Thanks to my friends at Caselogistix, who bringing me out to speak about trends and predictions in electronic discovery, I’ll be attending the big Legal Tech NY legal technology conference/show in just over a week from now.
I’m so enthused about getting the chance to attend the show and see what’s new in legal technology and meet tons of people I don’t get to see often enough.
I’ll be speaking on Tuesday, January 31 in the afternoon and would enjoy getting a nice audience for the session.
Otherwise, I’ll be around the exhibit floor, probably walking around with Tom Mighell. You might hear Tom and I mention the new podcast series we are planning.
You are also likely to hear some more details about a new LexThink event that Matt has been hinting about.
Tom, Marty “The Trademark Blog” Schwimmer and I (all of us are at the Between Lawyers blog) are also looking to pull together a lightly-coordinated blogger meet-up while we are there. If you are interested in joining us, let us know (it’s probably best, and safest, to let Tom know – he’s the best organizer of this group – by far).
If you are a reader of my blog, then I’d love to meet you. We can try to set something up in advance, if you’d like, but I hate to get too much on the calendar. If you see me, even if I seem to be busy, please tap me on the shoulder and say hello.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskenendy.com/blog/)]
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Do You Have a Single PDF File with All of Your Articles You Republished on Your Blog at the End of Last Year?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Why, yes, I do have one handy PDF file with all forty of my articles I republished by posting them on my blog between October and December 2005. It even has each of the forty articles bookmarked for easy navigation.
Here’s the URL: http://www.denniskennedy.com/pdfs/dkblogarticlesarchive.pdf
As you may recall, I posted the articles as a way to put them into my Movable Type blog database and get them into one convenient place.
There are forty articles in the collection. They range from 1997 to 2005 and cover both legal technology and technology law topics. That’s not all of my articles, but I wanted to get a generous number of them up on my website and freely available again. I believe that I was able to clean up all of the strange characters that Word introduced into the posts when preparing the PDF file.
For those who don’t like PDF files, remember that all of the articles are available in HTML in the articles archive of this blog. See the archive listing in the right-hand column.
This PDF file will let you read them at your leisure or print them out for offline reading. If while reading them, you get the urge to talk to me about hiring me to do some consulting, speaking or writing for you, that’d be great. Please get in touch. I’m also happy to talk with you about reprinting the articles or licensing them for other uses. And, of course, I always enjoy getting feedback on the articles. It was fun (and satisfying) to see some of the articles get a new life with a new audience when I posted them on my blog.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Why is Martin Luther King Day One of Your Favorite Holidays?

Monday, January 16th, 2006

As I’ve written before, I have some historical reasons for considering Martin Luther King Day as one of my favorite holidays. I was also thinking today that this is a reflective holiday, one that allows you some welcome time to reflect after the hustle and bustle of the Christmas / New Year’s / winter holiday season.
For 2006, I thought I’d note the day by linking to some of the posts on the day that I especially enjoyed from people like Dan Oestrich, Halley Suitt, Heather Leigh, Bernard Hibbitts, Joyce Wycoff, Lisa Stone, Tom Watson, Betsy McKenzie, Troy Worman, Doc Searls, W. David Stephenson, Paul Caron, Don Blohowiak, Tony Colleluori, Ernster the Virtual Library Cat, Will Richardson, and Marty Schwimmer.
From MLK: “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become reality.”
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What’s a Monk-Fest?

Friday, January 13th, 2006

My daughter and I are big fans of the Monk TV show. My wife is a much more casual watcher of the show.
So, Grace and I have been gearing up for the season premiere of Monk tonight. Yesterday, she decided to invite three of her seventh grade classmates (also Monk fans) over for what we are calling a “Monk-Fest” to celebrate the new season. I understand that I will be allowed to watch the episode on the same TV that they will be watching, but then will probably have to clear out of the way.
I’m also gearing up for the first four hours of the new season of 24, which starts Sunday night. I’ve long been a fan of that show. Unfortunately, I don’t have any friends who are fans that I’ll be inviting over for the premiere. I’ll be waiting to see what other bloggers who watch 24, such as Professor Yin and Fred Faulkner, have to say about the new season. However, it’d be more fun if geography weren’t an issue and I could watch the premiere with Professor Yin, Fred and a few others simply by walking over to his house or having them over to mine. That’s one of the limitations of the blogosphere.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Does Bernard Hibbitts Have a New Editor’s Blog at JURIST?

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

I’m still not sure that my all question-and-answer format experiment is going to work (as the title of this post suggests), but I am sure that it’s great news to see that another legal internet pioneer, Professor Bernard Hibbitts, has launched a new blog called the JURIST Editor’s Blog over at the widely-praised JURIST legal resources website, which has long been one of the premier legal websites.
The Editor’s Blog will highlight what’s new on the site and share some views on legal news and resources. Professor Hibbitts tells me that the JURIST site, among others things, integrates seventeen separate blogs into their legal newstream so seamlessly that many people do not realize that it is, at heart, a blog.
The Editor’s Blog has started out with coverage of the Alito hearings and links to useful resources about the hearings.
It’s great to put a human face on the JURIST site and learn more about Professor Hibbitts’ point of view on legal matters. I’ll also note that he looks younger in his picture than I had imagined him to be. Check out the new Editor’s Blog and its RSS feed. As they say, subcribed!
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
This post brought to you by Dennis Kennedy’s half-day electronic discovery seminar – “Preparing for the New World of Electronic Discovery: Easing Your Transition from Paper to Electronic Discovery.” Contact Dennis today for more information and to schedule a seminar for your firm or legal department.