TechLinks: Making the office more efficient

TechLinks_logoAn Oct. 10 article on The Wirecutter reviews Bluetooth keyboards. Their reviews are based on several characteristics, including price, size, and comfort.

An Oct. 6 post on PaperlessChase.com has a video tutorial on how to set up a paperless office scanner. It includes a recommendation of a specific scanner to use as well as a link to a paper on creating a paperless law office.

On Divorce Discourse, Lee Rosen talks about how his law office uses Slack for communication, including how they made the decision to use that particular application and what a day in the life looks like.

In an Oct. 4 post on Above the Law, Jeff Bennion makes four recommendations of simple tech upgrades for any firm. “Legal technology is not about sweeping changes to your practice as much as it is about small things that can be big time savers or help you work more efficiently,” says Bennion.

TechLinks: The relationship between humans and computers

TechLinks_logoFrom the NCRA Technology Committee comes a series of articles that explore the relationship between humans and computers, including a device that literally puts your keyboard and mouse into your hands, how social engineers create security breaches, and an adjustable laptop stand that changes the way you work.

A 2012 post on Mashable looks at The Leap – a proprietary technology that replaces a mouse and keyboard with the human hand. As Leap Motion CEO Michael Buckwald and CTO David Holz explain, The Leap is a “tightly-packed cluster of sensors” that “can see even subtle gestures in all five fingers on each hand at any given time.” The article was part of Mashable’s Tech Innovators Series. Read more.

On Law Technology Today, Rick Lutkus, an information security attorney, explains how social engineers’ skills and human knowledge can lead to serious security breaches. Using an example, Lutkus explains how people who are just trying to help out another human being are actually helping a social engineer have access to private personal and business files. This is the second article of a four-part series on information security and the law. Read more.

On the American Bar Association website, Nicole Black reviews the Pwr+ adjustable laptop stand. The laptop stand allows the user to alternate between sitting and standing while working, and Black shares some pros and cons to this particular product. Read more.

TechLinks: Nifty everyday gadgets

TechLinks_logoThe best new technology seamlessly integrates into your life. These gadgets recently shared on the Technology Committee email list may be the next thing you can’t live without.

The iFusion is a desktop phone that doubles as a deck for an iPod. Coroflot shared photos of the gadget here.

It looks like a Swiss Army knife, but this utility charging cable kit on gadgetsin.com charges your mobile devices through your laptop, no matter what USB connector they have.

A post on Cool Mom Tech showcases three stylish bags that can charge your devices, including a laptop tote.

End cord terror

The JCR provides newsworthy information on reporter-related products and technologies. This column is for readers to use in their research; neither NCRA nor the JCR endorse or critically review these products and services in any way. Statements of fact or opinion are the author’s unless they are specifically identified as NCRA policy.

 

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Christine Phipps, RPR, is an agency owner in West Palm Beach, Fla., and a member of NCRA’s Technology Review Committee.

Reminder: Check steno writer time and date

Daylight saving time ends on November 3. While people who live in one of the many areas that observe DST will be setting their clocks back one hour over the weekend, court reporters should also check the date and time settings in their writers to prevent any files from being lost due to repeating an hour.

Tech Wire: Speedtest.net review

Have you ever wondered if your computer upload/download speed was slow? I found this website, speedtest.net, a sophisticated broadband testing and analysis tool, and it showed me just how connected I actually was.

For example, I was transferring about 150 small files to a new computer via Dropbox, a cloud-based sharing site, and it just slowed everything down, including incoming email attachments. The speed in my SysTray was indicating 2kbps; however, since I was at home on my wireless, it shouldn’t be this slow. I ran speedtest.net and it showed me that my speeds were 2.10/1.99mbps respectively, not what my normal rates are. The problem was that the large number of files placed in Dropbox was maxing out my bandwidth, which was greatly decreasing my Internet speeds. The thing is that I was still able to deduce that I indeed was connected and these are the rates. I thought it was amazing that it even told me who the Internet Service Provider (ISP) was and the IP address, which can come in handy when streaming. This site even comparatively analyzes, via a grading system, your connection with others around the world.

This tool should actually be used on a fairly consistent basis and it will keep track of each time you test your computer, this is so you will know what your norm is, and then when things have slowed down, you can go to the next steps to diagnose your problem. Another reason to do this is because you can go to your ISP and see if you are actually getting the promised rates, and if you’re not, you can report your test results and the ISP will then have to analyze and improve your connection. Also, with many ISPs, you can purchase faster connections by opting to pay more.

Tech Wire: Data plans for iPads

Quick tips from the techies…

I was recently asked, “Do I need a data plan with an iPad if I want to write real time feed to it?”

All iPads models come with built-in Wi- Fi. That means every iPad can join networks (whether at a deposition for realtime or at Starbucks to surf the Web). If you want to access the Internet in more places, choose a model that supports mobile data and sign up for service from your carrier.

Believe it or not, having a data plan has nothing whatsoever to do with your realtime feed! The quick-and-easy answer: No, you do not need Internet access to use iCVN for realtime purposes. When using your iPad for realtime purposes, your CAT computer and your iPad must be on the same LAN (Local Area Network) to properly work. Yep, it’s just that simple! It’s as easy as jumping onto your local Starbucks’ Wi-Fi!

So the choice is all yours! Black or white? 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB? Wi- Fi or Wi-FI+Cellular?