Kim Dotcom Launches Skype Competitor MegaChat | TechCrunch. Many of us have used Skype and Google Hangouts for video and voice and chat services. The question for lawyers and others who require secure communications is that the communications are not encrypted, and can be monitored. While it is unlikely that communications that can't be monitored by the NSA are required for lawyer client communications, it is certain that some clients require more security than others. I am of two minds about services like MegaChat. When it goes live, it will allegedly be able to encrypt voice, video, text, and chat communications in a way that won't be able to be seen by anyone other than the participants. Thus, it can be misused. However, suppose a lawyer and a criminally charged defendant need to communicate? How far must the lawyer go to see to it that the communication is protected from the eyes and ears of the government? MegaChat is only beta file sharing for now. But, when it goes live, it could send Microsoft's Skype and Google's Hangouts to oblivion. What do you think?
What your law firm can learn from the National Championship game tonight. | Real Life Practice. I love Atticus. I love Nora Bergman. Their advice and counsel has helped me a lot. I enjoyed the Atticus seminars, and learned much about time and work management. However, I am what Atticus calls a technician. I don't profit from the work of a lot of other lawyers. I work alone. So, I don't have to have meetings or huddles with myself to decide how the firm is going to go. I like it that way. I hardly ever disagree with myself. And, I don't need a meeting to decide what to do. I get the benefit of huddles for larger organizations. Water cooler meetings have been known to get a lot accomplished. But, count me out. I am a company of one, and I like it that way.
90 days from Jan 23, 2015. Attorneys often need to compute the day which occurs a number of days in the future. For instance, this calculation required me to know what day was 90 days in the future from a date of publication of a Notice to Creditors in a probate matter. We are always computing deadline dates, and ConvertUnits does a great job, for free. The website also does scientific calculations, measurements, and much more.
Blogging as a lawyer requires a commitment. I love this piece by my blogging mentor, Kevin O'Keefe. Back in 2005, when my web page was stagnant and floundering, he introduced me to a new version of website, the blog. It required frequent updates, passion, and commitment. Although, when he says it requires commitment, I wonder whether he means that bloggers should be committed to a psychiatric institution. Regardless, as I sit here at 5 A.M. every day, blogging my little heart out, I have to wonder sometimes why I do it. In a way, I suppose that it is a passion. I enjoy the back and forth from those who agree with me, and those who disagree. But, as the image Kevin chose for his piece indicates, a photo of a victorious Vince Lombardi being carried off the field, on a day after Aaron Rodgers exemplified everything the Coach used to talk about, it is the pursuit of excellence that really matters. Many misunderstand the famous quote from Coach Lombardi about winning being everything. He wasn't talking about victory; although, that was always the goal. He was talking about commitment, about leaving everything on the field of battle. His words:
“Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while…you do them right all the time.”
“Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it – his mind, his body, his heart – what’s life worth to him?”
“Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.”
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”
“I would say that the quality of each man’s life is the full measure of that man’s commitment of excellence and victory – whether it be football, whether it be business, whether it be politics or government or what have you.”
8 Things You Didn't Know Your Chromecast Could Do - Slideshow from PCMag.com. The recent updates to Chromcast make it an ideal presentation tool. Just plug the Chromecast into a TV or projector's HDMI port, connect to a local network (either in the meeting room, or a portable router), and connect your phone. You can mirror the Android screen if it is running KitKat (4.4.2) or later. You can also use it in a hotel room to cast your favorite home stuff if you have a SlingBox at home. Check out some of the other things you can do with a $35 Chromecast. You will buy several.
How to Move from Fear to Courage. Someone once described courage as the ability to function while afraid. Each of us carries some fear inside of us; unless, of course we are sociopaths or psychopaths. The ability to fear is the defense mechanism that has enabled our species to survive. However, in most lives, fear can limit our ability to succeed, and to enjoy our lives. No trial lawyer ever entered a courtroom without a healthy dose of fear. No soldier ever entered combat without fear. Don't try to conquer your fears. Learn to use them. Never allow a critical comment to immobilize you. Criticism can be a good thing, as long as you move on from it. I love this piece by Carolyn Parr. Now, go do what you have to do today, and embrace your fear.
Okay, one tech post today. I have to wait for SWMBO to wake up anyway. Trying to explain to her that it is worth rising at 6:30 A.M. to see a Canyon sunrise from Mather Point is like trying to explain God. So, I will risk life and limb to get her out of bed in sub freezing temperatures so that she can see it for herself. Sometimes, you have to be cruel to be kind. In the meantime, I am checking my email, reviewing pleadings in active cases that have been efiled by opposing counsel, responding to email from clients, and, generally, doing the same things I would be doing at home. Ain't technology wonderful? This image was taken by Brian Lumley. I hope I get something decent this morning:
GoldKey Vaults %u2014 Encrypted Cloud Storage | GoldKey Corporation. Many lawyers are debating the placement of client data in the cloud. Given the spotty treatment of the reasonableness standard, as applied to lawyers and the duty of confidentiality, I still think there is big risk in the cloud. Even companies which are security conscious don't provide end to end encrypted security. I signed up today for a Premium Gold Key account, which provides 10 Gigs of absolutely secure storage, along with USB key or softkey protection for devices, and end to end email encryption with others, as long as they have a Gold Key account. If you need more than 10 Gigs, you can get it for 50 cents a Gig. Military grade end to end encryption, multi-factor authentication, and hardware driven key management. A bargain at 20 bucks a month and FutureLawyer recommended.