Top Tech Tips for Today’s Travelers – Podcast

Tom Mighell and I have recorded another episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast and it’s now available on the Legal Talk Network and on iTunes, with an RSS feed here. The episode is called “Top Tech Tips for Today’s Travelers” (show notes here), and it’s sponsored by Clio. A special thank you to readers of this blog who listen to the podcast – consider trying out an episode or becoming a regular subscriber through iTunes or our RSS feed.

Here’s the episode (#41) description:

Traveling with technology today has, simultaneously, gotten both easier and harder. On the road, you need to be resourceful and give yourself plenty of options to meet unexpected challenges. At the same time, you still want to “pack light.” In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell share their notes and experiences from a recent trip, offer some of their best travel tips, and make a few predictions about where traveling with technology is headed.

Tom and I had just returned from a great trip to Washington, DC for the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section’s fall meetings. We had compared notes with other attendees about what we have learned about traveling with technology over the years. We thought it would be fun and instructive to share some of our favorite travel tips and observations with our listeners.

We talked a bit about how our traveling styles differ. It’s essential to have a good understanding of your own style, what technology you actually use, and what you really want to accomplish. From that base, you can make smart choices about what you need for each trip.

Tom and I joked a bit about how your bag is really the most important “technology” tool you need, but it’s clear that your choice of computer bag (or backpack) can be important. My big observation from my recent trip was how valuable a sportscoat with lots of pockets can be.

We talk about Internet connections, power cords, the rise of smartphones and much more. Tom also gives his opinion on whether you can travel with an iPad and no laptop. We also talk about software and Internet services we find useful while traveling.

When traveling, I’m a big believer in giving yourself a number of options while still consolidating what you take down to the acceptable minimum. You have to be resourceful and be prepared for the unexpected. In the podcast, you’ll hear lots of our practical tips, both those that we have learned the hard way and what we’ve learned as helpful advice from travelers we know.

In our “stuff Tom and I have been talking about” segment, we discussed the upcoming 25th anniversary of the ABA TECHSHOW, the promotional video we shot for TECHSHOW, and the value of attending legal technology conferences.

We end the podcast with our Parting Shots – practical tips you can use right away. Tom recommended Google’s Gmail Security Checklist. I like a post from Dave Taylor that explains how to download your personal information from Facebook.

Give our new episode a listen and let me know what you think. Show notes for the podcast are here. And try some of the back episodes as well. You can also now follow the podcast on Twitter at @tkmreport.

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

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The Summer of the Smartphone – Podcast

Tom Mighell and I have recorded another episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast and it’s now available on the Legal Talk Network and on iTunes, with an RSS feed here. The episode is called “The Summer of the Smartphone” (show notes here), and it’s sponsored by Clio. A special thank you to readers of this blog who listen to the podcast – we’re very pleased with the growing numbers of downloads the podcast is getting.

Here’s the episode description:

The demand for pre-orders for the new iPhone 4 knocked out the AT&T order site on the first day. It seems like someone announces a new Android phone every few days. HP recently bought Palm. And the love affair between lawyers and BlackBerries seems to be cooling off . . . maybe. There’s never been a more confusing time to be looking for a smartphone. In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell survey the current smartphone landscape, try to make sense of where we are and where we are going, and offer some guidance, tips and opinions on the ever-changing world of smartphones.

The episode was recorded about three weeks ago and, if anything, it seems like the consensus that we have arrived at the smartphone era is growing faster than we expected. For example, I saw reports recently that Nokia had commented that the demand for smartphones was knocking down sales of traditional cellphones.

We started with John Pazkowski’s recent humorous headline on Digital Daily: “Analysts Raise iPhone 4 Sales Forecasts from Huge to Ginormous.”

Since I have historically struggled with even the rudimentary use of a phone, I’m delighted to find that phones are becoming more like computers.

Tom and I share our thoughts on the iPhone 4, Android phones and other shartphones and give our tips for selecting and purchasing a smartphone. For me, it’s difficult not to consider the carrier as the key factor in your decision.

In our “stuff Dennis and Tom have been talking about lately” segment, we bat around the question whether Tom and I should create an iPhone app for our podcast, book and other projects. Tom remains dubious, but the conversation will help you consider some of the factors that come into play when looking into the iPhone app platform.

A few days after we recorded the episode, I convinced myself that Facebook (fan page or application) was a better route to take than an iPhone app, even though I remain intrigued by the idea of creating an iPhone app.

We end the podcast with our Parting Shots – practical tips you can use right away. Tom recommends Judgepedia, “an interactive encyclopedia of courts and judges.” I recommend a favorite podcast of mine – the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects.

Give our new episode a listen and let me know what you think. Show notes for the podcast are here. And try some of the back episodes as well. You can also now follow the podcast on Twitter at @tkmreport.

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

Follow my microblog on Twitter – @dkennedyblog. Follow me – @denniskennedy

Now Available! The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell. Visit the companion website for the book at LawyersGuidetoCollaboration.com. Twitter: @collabtools