LawComix Blog Lawyer Cartoons by Charles Fincher, Esq.: Leaving the Kids Out of the Will. Charles Fincher has his finger on law practice reality. Every lawyer has sat in this chair.
Huawei Watch Is Powered by Android Wear, and It's Stunning. The Mobile World Congress, like CES International, is a place where companies announce new products. Huawei (pronounced Wa-Way) has announced a new Android Wear watch that is really stunning, and looks like any round designer watch. Inside, though, it is water resistant, runs Android Wear, pairs to any Android phone with Bluetooth L, and is Google Now compatible. I still favor the rectangular design of the Tizen based Gear S, both for its better larger screen for text, and for its phone chip for taking calls on the watch independent of the phone. However, this watch is another step in the evolution of the superior Android Wear ecosystem. Android and Android Wear; it's all about choice, isn't it?
Home | Parrot Lovers Cruise. This coming October, you can learn about parrots from the experts and cruise the Caribbean all at the same time. I am considering this voyage; although I have cruised to the Caribbean many times. Since it sails from New Orleans, you can spend some time in the Big Easy before you go on the cruise. If any of you want to go, or to contribute cash to my fare, let me know. :-)
WordPerfect Office Tips & Tricks - Tips & Tricks. While correspondence on paper is a dying breed, lawyers and professionals still need to send written correspondence on a regular basis. Quality laser printers have made the process of letterhead creation easy, and it can be done in any modern computer with laser printer attached. Using the Template option in WordPerfect X7 allows the creation of a Header containing the Letterhead information, which can be inserted at the top of any new correspondence. No more pulling a professionally printed piece of expensive stationery out of a box, inserting it into a typewriter and typing manually. I still have a couple of old electronic typewriters around the office as conversation pieces; and, I suspect some of you are young enough never to have seen one in action. Type on.
7 things Net neutrality won't do - CNET. Okay, how many times in the past year have you heard the phrase: "net neutrality" bandied about and not bothered to read any further? You know you have. We live in a world of the Internet, and we don't really care how it is regulated or not regulated. We don't care whether the net is neutral or not. We don't care if the Government or someone else controls the flow of data or not. What do we care about? Will our new episodes of House of Cards stream without a hiccup or not? Of course, any normal person with a broadband connection, whether supplied by a cable company or a satellite company or a phone company (there are still phone companies?) knows how frustrating it is to have blips and jags and black screens in the middle of our programming. Streaming video is not a perfect product yet. Without net neutrality some of our programming streams would likely get better, if, say, Netflix, for more money, got a faster pipe. But, who would pay for that? Would we? Well, that is what free markets are about, no? Now, with net neutrality a real reality again, with the FCC's latest rule making explosion, nobody gets preferential treatment in the flow of information. The catch? There is always a catch right? Now, the regulator isn't the free market. The regulator is your friendly government, which is here to help you. God help us.
Project Anywhere %u2014 Virtual Reality System Which Utilizes 3D Printed %u2018Inteligloves%u2019 & VR Headset - 3DPrint.com. I have written before about the promise of a combination of augmented reality and virtual reality, and the ability to change the way we communicate and interact with others in a virtual space. A SmartPhone app now available creates a decentralized network, allowing users to enter anytime, and to communicate with others via the cloud in real time. In the future, lawyers will use technology to do the same thing, making expensive travel and location irrelevant. Need to take a deposition in Europe? Just power up the headgear and "Inteligloves", and enter the Matrix.
The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress | WIRED. Unless you have been under a rock the last 24 hours, you know about the viral dress that has been making the rounds of the Internet. Apparently, how we perceive background light or dark has a lot to do with how we perceive the color of the dress. I am a morning person, and I am predisposed to see light; so, my first perception was that the dress was white and gold. However, once the background light darkens, I can see that the dress is actually blue and black. This reminded me of the old joke about law practice, which I shall not repeat, except to comment that our job as lawyers often is to paint a picture of facts that favorably impacts our clients. We create the background light that illuminates our client. The lesson here is that perception is not always reality; but, it certainly can color our reality.
Google's 'Android for Work' Gives Your Phone a Split Personality | WIRED. BigLaw IT Departments will welcome the introduction of Google's APP FOR APPS, "Android Work", which creates an island on a Smartphone with apps just for business use. In effect, this creates a dividing line between personal and work use that will be easier to manage and control. The increased security should placate IT personnel who see BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) as a nightmare. Need to separate personal data from business data? Expect many business apps to be available in the Google Pay For Work store.
WinZip OnLine Store. We have all used the venerable WinZip at one time or another. We all get zipped file attachments, which contain more than one document or file. Zipping and unzipping file groupings is an efficient way to transmit files across the Internet. WinZip has a new version, 19, that costs $49.95; but, which can be purchased as an upgrade for $14.95. I confess that I don't use it as much as I should, but I have made a resolution not to make my correspondents download a group of files one at a time from now on. What are you using?
Motorola Moto E (2015) with 4G LTE for $149.99 thanks to new 64-bit Snapdragon 410 SoC. Hey, I get it. Many of you don't want a huge Android phone that has the fastest processor, the biggest screen, and more memory than God needs. You don't want to pay Apple prices, and you want something that is competent and gets the job done. You want a phone that is smart and lasts all day. Well, hello Moto. The Moto E runs the latest version of Android, lasts all day, has a big, but not too big 4.5 inch screen, and a fast, but not the fastest, processor. It has 8 gigs of memory, which is enough for most people; but, best of all, it costs $149 without a contract. Hello Moto E.