I'm a little obsessed with my computer and internet based calendars. And for good reason. I can't remember when to do anything unless I have it "written down" somewhere. Ironically, in the age of the DayTimer calendaring system, I never maintained a written schedule. But the practice of law involves a host of dates and appointments such that the process is much more complicated - and that's where I look to Read More
Law Practice Management Using Daylite 3
When I first opened my solo practice, one of the first questions I confronted was "What am I going to use to manage my practice?" Being a long time Apple Mac fan boy, I knew that it had to be Mac based as that is the only hardware platform I would consider. At the time, there was no iPhone nor iPad to extend the office virtually so my focus was on a package that could run on both my office and home systems. And for Read More
The Last Believer: Why I Like Lance Armstrong
So this has nothing to do with Montgomery County, the practice of law, nor the use of Apple products. OK, maybe a little bit of due process. But I am THE guy, the last believer, the lone sole in the wilderness who seems to think that Lance Armstrong is getting railroaded. Judging by everything that has been said and written about Lance and the assertion (no longer seemingly an allegation) that he cheated along the Read More
As a devoted Apple geek, one of the things I wanted to do with my law practice was to make the greatest use of technology in order to leverage my resources and hopefully become and remain profitable. To a large extent I have been able to do just that. But a couple of things lately have caused me to ramp up my efforts to be even more technologically resourceful. Paperless, A MacSparky Field Guide by David Sparks Read More
What’s In Your Legal App Folder?
As this is supposed to be a blog that addresses the use of Apple products in a law firm, I thought we would do the standard end of the year app review. While I have not yet incorporated the use of these products in the courtroom, I do use them all of the time while in the office, on the road, and at home. There are some real Mac studs out there using all kinds of Apple hardware and related software products in really Read More
Virtually in the Courtroom
The recent Lululemon murder trial provided an opportunity to literally monitor the trial in great detail, in near real-time, from anywhere literally in the world. I followed the courtroom action via Twitter by saving the hashtag search term #lululemon. A hashtag is a way to filter the billions of tweets (Twitter messages) down to the item of interest. In this case, the reporters and courtroom observers who were live Read More
Murder, Martial Arts, and Macs!
Seems like a couple of themes are coming together to prompt me to get back to posting. Sadly, it is the tale of a gruesome murder here in Montgomery County - the trial for which is about to wrap up. Brittany Norwood stands accused of first-degree murder in the killing of Jayna Murray inside the Lululemon Athletic store in Bethesda earlier this year. Courtroom observers are reporting on Twitter today that the Read More
Is Apple Following Me?
I don't know who broke the story first, but Fox News and CNN both have reports out, as do others, breathlessly warning iPhone and iPad 3GS users that a "secret file" is stored on your device which allows Apple to track your whereabouts at all times. They infer that this information could fall into the wrong hands - quoting that Apple has "made it possible for anyone from a jealous spouse to a private investigator to Read More
1Password Is The Way to Go!
As I mentioned, one of my longstanding and only recently realized New Year's resolutions was to get a handle on my password security. If you are like me, you have literally dozens, if not hundreds, of login/password combinations to try and manage. Email accounts, websites, bank accounts, etc. And like most people, it is easy to fall into the trap of just using one password for everything. And therein lies the Read More