Periodical Writing Samples

What’s the video buzz about?

originally published in Microsoft Home Magazine Remember The Blair Witch Project? To make the 1999 low-budget hit horror movie, three amateur actors ran scared through “haunted” woods. The actors also did their own filming and editing — all with their personal video equipment. Add today’s inexpensive moviemaking

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Cityplace Luna

originally published in Award Magazine On a clear evening west of downtown Toronto, passersby may find their eyes drawn to the glowing rooftop of the city’s newest residential community, CityPlace Luna.

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The power of web videos

originally published in Profit Magazine Web video isn’t just for clips of cute kittens. A fast-growing number of firms are using the medium as a serious business tool for everything from product demos to customer testimonials. New York-based eMarketer, an Internet market-research company, forecasts that the online

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E-trials save money and time, say proponents

originally published in Lawyers Weekly Magazine Do you have what it takes to work in an electronically enhanced courtroom? Wonder no more — just take “Tom’s test.” Can you: Turn on a computer and monitor? Use a mouse? Use the scroll wheel on your mouse? Open a

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CityPlace Panorama

originally published in Award Magazine What do a grocery chain distribution centre, a long-lost pier and Lake Ontario have in common? They each occupied or influenced the land where Toronto’s CityPlace Panorama condominium now rises.

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Going paperless at the office is possible with some astute planning, determination

originally published in Lawyers Weekly Magazine If a clean desk is a clean mind, what do the papers on your desk say about your mind? Increasingly, lawyers answer that question by replacing piles of paper with that most prominent of paperless-office machines, the scanner. While critics argue

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Group aims to standardize and improve court websites

originally published in Lawyers Weekly Do Canadian court websites do anything well? Faced with this question, Patrick Cormier audibly hems and haws. “The only thing I can think of is that they all have contact information,” he finally said, “and often a welcome from the chief justice.”

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Updating to Windows 7 has perks, drawbacks

originally published in Lawyers Weekly After years of galling “Hi, I’m a Mac – And I’m a PC” ads, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may want to make an ad out of the following anecdote: Toronto real estate lawyer David Feld updated all 8 Vista PCs in his

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Self-publishing: lawyers can produce and sell books online with new online tools

originally published in Lawyers Weekly Dean Fueroghne, vice president and creative director for Critical Mass Creative Group in Pasadena, CA, attended UCLA law school after years as a creative professional. “On the first day of advertising law class, the professor announced that there was no textbook for

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Ensuring smartphone security

originally published in Lawyers Weekly Take a good look at your mobile phone. The thing you use to make calls on the go now does email, chat, web surfing, takes pictures and voice recordings, and lets you use practice management systems. Legions of software developers and users

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