Periodical Writing Samples

Looking for efficiencies in a complicated system

Remember that children’s board game, Mousetrap? It’s a Rube Goldberg machine that uses an unnecessarily large number of moving parts to catch a mouse. Part of the entertainment came from wondering whether the machine would effectively transfer the kinetic energy required to catch the mouse. Now replace

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Hosted solutions shift expenses away

  This is the second instalment in a two-part series in The Lawyers Weekly offering basic advice to law firms that want to make cost-effective technology decisions. This time, we’ll look at hosted solutions. Businesses of all stripes use applications and data storage outside their own (fire)walls, and law

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Technology changes don’t need to be expensive

Automobile owners and business computer users face similar decisions and anxieties. They each rely on complex machines, rarely understand the inner workings of these machines and they often don’t know how to cost-effectively acquire and maintain them. This is the first of two-part series to offer basic advice to

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Beacon technology finding footing in Canada

Smartphone-toting film, music and technology fanatics who converged on Austin, Texas, in March for South by Southwest (SXSW) got to connect with the festival and each other a little better than in previous years. The SXSW Go mobile app responded to more than 1,000 beacons deployed at event

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Out with wet ink, in with Acrobat DC

Hiding at the back of the room during an April seminar, I checked e-mail on my iPad. A prospective client had sent me an NDA to sign and date. I opened this Word document using Adobe’s recently released Acrobat Document Cloud (DC), converted it to a PDF,

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Connect the Docs offers unique online tools for documentary filmmakers

The Victoria documentary film community gathered on Wednesday, January 28 to discuss and watch clips from the upcoming doc Election Day in Canada. The screening happened in other locations simultaneously thanks to everyday tools – streaming video, social networks and the Open Cinema site – that helped remote viewers participate

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Hacking the connected car

Insight into a new threat to auto owners and drivers Today’s cars are computers on wheels. Like their stationary cousins, connected cars run millions of lines of code every day, and that technology delivers a better driving experience. There’s a flip side to progress: like computers, today’s

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Securing the gateway to confidential information

Phones, tablets and notebook computers help lawyers be more productive, since they connect to the law firm network when the lawyer is out of the office. They also represent an information security risk because they connect to the law firm network while the device is out of

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Hanging up on the traditional phone system

When Michael Berger and his partners started business law firm Aluvion Law, they deliberately made what might seem a strange omission: the firm has no phones.

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Managing all those files

For all the modern technology law firms use to manage their documents, skills and productive habits contribute just as much to effective information governance as the document management systems (DMS) they choose. Acquiring a DMS and its operation costs a law firm up front and over time.

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