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Archive for February, 2008

It’s Blawgiversary / Birthday Week at DennisKennedy.Blog

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

This blog got started on February 15, 2003. I got started on February 17, 1958. This blog was a birthday present to myself. I have a tradition of doing a week of special posts on this blog to celebrate. Welcome to the 2008 version of blawgiversary / burthday week.
If someone asked me what has changed the most in the world of blawgs in the last five years, I’d have to say that things have gotten a LOT more serious and focused. Perhaps it was the freedom that came in the early days with knowing that you had about a half a dozen readers (all of whom you knew), but I used to do some posts that no one would ever advise a lawyer blogger to do these days. A great example was my somewhat infamous “Metallica post.” Ah, well, one of my essential blogging guidelines is to be sure to break the “rules” from time to time.
In its own odd way, blawgiversary week has proven to be almost as controversial as my Blawggie awards. It’s meant to be a way to have fun (especially some fun at my own expense) and as a form of a reader appreciation week. So, let’s have some fun.
This is a big year for this blog and me. Five years for the blog and fifty years for me. It’s also a big year for multiples of five around me. My father-in-law will be celebrate his 90th birthday this weekend. My daughter turns 15. My wife and I celebrate our 20th anniversary this summer. This is my 25th year of practicing law. You see the theme.
Every year, I try to arrange some special things to recognize blawgiversary / birthday week, and I’ve outdone myself this year. I’ve talked NASCAR into running the Daytona 500 (also celebrating its 50th birthday) on my birthday and the federal government into making this a three-day weekend. Ahem.
So, for the next week, I’ll be doing a few things to celebrate. First and foremost, I’ll be doing as many “by request” posts as I can. If you have a question for me, leave a comment or drop me an email at denniskennedyblog @ gmail.com and I’ll turn the answer into a post.
I’ll also try to come up with a treat or two. In the past, I’ve been able to make special discounts and free downloads of software available. If you are a vendor and want to do a special promotion this week, let me know and we’ll see if we can put something together in the next few days or at a later time.
Anyway, this is a time to remind people that the best part of blogging is that it is fun.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Read the blog posts and RSS feed items I find most interesting on Google Reader Shared Items or subscribe to its RSS feed. High volume, but lots of interesting items that will get you thinking.
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By Request: Recommended Digital Audio Recorders

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

A reader asks:

My boss thinks the office should be in the market for a digital audio recorder, maybe something we could use for phone conversations that we could turn into podcasts. Any recommendations?

As a general note, for interview or roundtable podcasts, most podcasters these days do the calls over Skype and record the session (either recording each side of hte call and mixing the audio files or using one of many Skype recording software programs). Some conference call services and Webex will also record conference calls and send you the audio files. The laws around the country make me a little nervous about devices that record directly off of regular phones, so I haven’t explored that area much. You generally want to avoid using a cell phone for any podcast.
If you are looking for a digital audio recorder that’s portable, versatile and good for recording podcasts, the ones I hear people recommend most highly for podcasting are:
Edirol R-09 WAVE/MP3 Recorder

Zoom H2 Recorder (also the more expensive H4)

If I were buying for myself today, I’d probably buy the H2.
However, I bought a digital recorder last year and it has really impressed me. It’s the Sony ICD-SX57DR9.

I bought it primarily because you basically get a free copy of Dragon NaturallySpeaking with it. I use it to record my presentations live for myself and it does a great job. I also recorded my daughter’s 8th grade graduation from my shirt pocket with it and the sound quality was amazing.
A key consideration is how you expect to use the recorder – stationary or portable.
For my podcasts amd when interviewed for a podcast, I like to use a Yamaha mixer

with an Audix microphone

and record directly into my computer. When I podcast with Tom Mighell, he uses a USB headset mike and we have the call via Skype. We generally record each side of the call separately and mix the tracks together using Audacity. Sound quality on podcasts is a big thing for me, so I think it’s important to start with a good quality recording.
The podcasters who use the Zooms and Edirols tend to do some on-location or portable interviews. They might use the built-in mikes or the might mike temslelves with a lavaliere and use and external hand mike for interviews.
As I said, I’d look hard at the Zoom H2 when going the digital audio recorder route. I like the Sony a lot, but you do have to convert the files from Sony’s format and the Zoom gives you more flexibility for podcasting.
Another interesting option (although it might be hard to sell your boss on buying you an iPod) is the XtremeMac Micromemo:

It fits onto an iPod. I’ve used it to record some of my presentations, especially when traveling (I got it before I purchased the Sony recorder). It does a surprisingly good job. If you do some shopping, you might be able to find the Micromemo for under $50.
For great information about hardware and other technical aspects of podcasting, I highly recommend Podholes.com and the podcasts you’ll find there. Sadly, it’s been a while since the last podcast, but the podcasts you’ll find there are a treasure trove of information on practical and technical issues involved in podcasting, sound recording, and audio equipment.
Great question. I welcome any comments or suggestions.
Note: I like the handy way the Amazon links let me show the items, but I haven’t gotten the display info finetuned enough to suit my taste. Please excuse the catalog-y feel to this post.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Coming in March from ABA Publishing – The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell
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Dennis Kennedy’s Links of the Week – February 10, 2008

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Links of the Week is a regular feature on this blog where I ist some of the most interesting links I’ve found during the previous week – sort of a “best of” from my Google Reader Shared Items. The idea is that I pick out a set of links that I might have wanted to write about or that I found especially thought-provoking or useful. I might or might not agree with the posts or items I link to, but I found them to be something I wanted to share.
In general, I’m just going to give a link to the item, without any explanation. I’ll try to do this every weekend, and I’ll include the latest additions to my 52 books in 52 weeks project.
Osinga Roundtable on Science, Strategy and War
Freerunning for fitness
A model or a practice?
Your Copyright Fair Use Crash Course
Departure Assessment of Embassy Baghdad
Shave Like Your Grandpa
Hunting with the Wolfpack
How Do You Find Private Advertisers for Your Blog?
Freeconomy
Download the Medici Effect
LegalTech Wrapup
Some of the Best Speaking Advice Ever
Progression in a Recession
Remote Workers Don’t Practice Safe Computing
Bibilotecha Alexandrina – Library to the World
Downtailing
TipJoy – A Better Tip Jar for Content
LegalTech NY Day One: Microsoft and the Next Big Thing: “Intrasocial Networking”
Web-based Networks for Disaster Response
This Week’s Additions to 52 Books in 52 Weeks:
Coltrane, by Ben Ratliff

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Read the blog posts and RSS feed items I find most interesting on Google Reader Shared Items or subscribe to its RSS feed. High volume, but lots of interesting items that will get you thinking.
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Is It Time for Lawyers to Encrypt Data?

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Has the time arrived for lawyers to begin routinely encrypting data, especially data carried on laptop computers and USB drives?
I take a look at some of the practical questions involving data encryption and the state of encryption in 2008 in my latest legal technology column in the ABA Journal called “Hidden Assets.” I focus on recent developments in the area of disk encryption.
The money quote:

When you balance the risks of loss or exposure of sensitive data against the costs and effort in encrypting data and drives, it’s becoming clear that we’ll see many lawyers moving to disk encryption in the very near future.

Disk encryption looks to be a simple, effective way to address some, but not all, data security concerns. Have you tried it? Is it working for you? Have you become less comfortable with not encrypting data in the past year?
Here’s the article. Your feedback is appreciated.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Coming in March from ABA Publishing – The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell
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Cole Silver’s Expert Audio Series

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Lawyer and career and marketing consultant Cole Silver has put together an amazing collection of audio interviews with a who’s who of experts in all phases of law practice management as part of his Expert Audio Series.
It’s a collection of top experts interviewed about their best topics, with coverage of key aspects of business development and marketing, career planning and development, and organizational development and management. I’ve contributed an interview on “Technology that Drives Operational Efficiency.”
What is great about Cole’s collection is that I’ve heard many people (including me) with the idea (and best intentions) of putting together a collection of interviews like this, but Cole has actually done it. And done it extremely well. Even a cursory glance at what is already part of this collection will show you the potential value of this material to your practice. It’s a great example of what the audio/podcasting world is bringing and how an iPod (or other mp3 player) might be the best business and educational tech investment you can make these days.
Check out Cole’s Expert Audio Series.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Coming in March from ABA Publishing – The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together
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Dennis Kennedy’s Links of the Week – February 3, 2008

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Links of the Week is a regular feature on this blog where I ist some of the most interesting links I’ve found during the previous week – sort of a “best of” from my Google Reader Shared Items. The idea is that I pick out a set of links that I might have wanted to write about or that I found especially thought-provoking or useful. I might or might not agree with the posts or items I link to, but I found them to be something I wanted to share.
In general, I’m just going to give a link to the item, without any explanation. I’ll try to do this every weekend, and I’ll include the latest additions to my 52 books in 52 weeks project.
The Rule of Five
NO!!!!!!!!!!
The End of the Battery?
Don’t Congratulate the Butterfly
Boyd Blogging Bonanza
Chris Anderson on the Future of Public Radio
Focus on Two Priorities, One Month at a Time
What’s Your Sticking Point?
Music and Movies – Give Away the Soundtrack
Better Than Free
Law.com to Highlight LegalTech Bloggers – I won’t be at LegalTech NY this year, but am hoping to follow happenings there from the reports of bloggers.
Morimoto
Great Rooms All Over the Place
New University-Industry Collaborations
Write Better Posts, Every Time
This Week’s Additions to 52 Books in 52 Weeks:
How to Pick a Peach, by Russ Parsons

The Sign of Four, by Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Read the blog posts and RSS feed items I find most interesting on Google Reader Shared Items or subscribe to its RSS feed. High volume, but lots of interesting items that will get you thinking.
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