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Even the most progressive law firm owners sometimes forget to ask for ideas from people that are usually overwhelmed with work… Yes, we are talking about office managers!
Below are 3 facts we found to be true for most of office managers we are working with! Why they are open to legal innovation.
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Deborah Savadra

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Think #msword has too many features to learn? Concentrate on these four for a quick productivity boost.
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Deborah Savadra

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You may love the convenience of having #msoutlook #autocomplete your email addresses in the To: field, but it's a dangerous feature. Here's why.
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Deborah Savadra

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7 Ways to Screw Up a Table of Authorities

The Table of Authorities feature in #msword is not, shall we say, user-friendly. And if you don't use the #TOAfeature very often (in my state, for example, only the #appellate courts require it), you're in for a rough ride. To add insult to injury, if you try to get ahead of the game, you end up making things worse.

Fortunately, I've made your mistakes for you so you don't have to suffer through your next #TOA .  I'll show you 7 common mistakes you're probably making with your Table of Authorities so you can prevent (or, if it's too late for that, fix) them.

See the full post here: http://buff.ly/1BqxFUn

Did I miss one? Have any other #TOA questions? Let me know in the comments below!
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Jeff Taylor

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Here's my response to +Christopher McKinney on the premise that lawyers who care about security don't use Android OS.
Christopher McKinney argues that using Android violates a lawyer's ethical duties because of the open Android architecture. Here's the post that shows why Android is for lawyers.
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Well said Jeff. As with most tech the biggest security problems lie between the user's ears. 
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Michael Jackson

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Re-purposing on old XP computer:  I'm looking for f recommendations to help me re-purpose or experiment with some old computers that I'm no longer using because they have Windows XP.   First, any recommendations for software to wipe the hard drive?  Second, I was thinking about installing another OS, probably Linux or Ubuntu but maybe Chrome OS if that is available to install. Can someone recommend a site with good basic directions on how to install Linux, Ubuntu, or Chrome OS on a computer that has been running Windows XP?  Some other OS recommended? 
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Nobody has mentioned software for wiping the hard drive. I would suggest DBAN a/k/a Darik's Boot and Nuke. http://download.cnet.com/Darik-s-Boot-and-Nuke-for-CD-and-DVD/3000-2094_4-10151762.html Of course, you might also be able to wipe your hard drive in the process of installing Ubuntu. (I've never wiped a hard drive while installing Ubuntu because I'm usually setting it up to dual boot on a Windows laptop, but it might be possible.) 
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Austin Brandt

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This is what Dropbox looks like if it was built for Enterprise from the ground up. Price is pretty good. Haven't looked too much into the protocols but built-in encryption (both in transit and at rest data) is killer too.
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I do not see any indication they use private encryption. Looks like basic SSL to me, just like DropBox/Box/Google Drive/Accelion.
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Sam Glover
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Austin Brandt

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Important notice for TrueCrypt users: The anonymous developers of the project have allegedly quit. They've replaced truecrypt.org with a message urging users to switch the MS proprietary bitlocker. Without active maintenance, the software will quickly become more vulnerable to attacks. See attached story for more details.

For the conspiracy theorists among us, there's many in the security community who believe this whole thing is suspicious. The reasoning is that the developers couldn't possibly believe that bitlocker, developed by NSA-friendly MS, is actually a good alternative. One popular theory is that this is some type of crypto distress signal and the developers have been approached by the authorities. Regardless, TrueCrypt is no longer a great option for protecting your data.
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Fascinating.
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Kim Bennett

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Does anyone have a good option for an email app for iphone? I recently switched back and I am looking for an email replacement to the mail app. So far, I've found these...

Accompli
Boxer
Seed
CloudMagic
Mailbox

I like Accompli because of the integration with your calendar and in-app file storage, but it houses the files on its server (which I think would be a problem for my firm email...less so for my personal). I am attempting to do the inbox zero thing too. Seed may do similar functions as accompli..but again, I am concerned with the storage of files issue. Any thoughts on getting an app that combines Mailbox and Accompli functions. (inbox zero, unified inbox, integration with calendar, in-app access to downloaded files, etc...).

Thanks in advance!
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I use the calendar app but I would prefer to access/view it, particularly when scheduling appointments, right from the email app (which is what accompli does). Nothing is particularly wrong with mail app but I prefer the swipe features of other apps that allow for easier management of my emails..either for archiving, responding to at a later time or filing away. I find I have an easier time accomplishing inbox zero and some GTD principles with other apps.

If gmail had a unified inbox and easier access to my calendar, I might use it exclusively (but for my aol which I cannot seem to auto forward to gmail). 
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Deborah Savadra

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What's wrong with bcc and Reply to All in #msoutlook ? A lot. Here's how attorneys can use those features without compromising client confidentiality.
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LegalTrek

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#Lawyers, do you agree that clients are becoming more and more tech-savvy and this requires focusing more closely on what is important for them – that is to say – fast, consistent and value-providing service. Here are four ways for fast service capability:
Transforming your law firm into profitable, efficient and agile business may seem hard. And it will truly be hard if you are notoriously averse to legal
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Jeff Taylor

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I'm giving away free stuff here, don't forget to enter.
+EnerPlex #enerplexgiveaway
Here's a giveaway for the EnerPlex Jumpr Mini portable power bank.
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Christopher McKinney

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Android tablets are dead? 
The high cost to low value ratio for an Android tablet means we're going to see a decline.
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Jeff Taylor

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We haven't had too much discussion on here, so I thought I'd rekindle the flame.

Do you use law practice management software? If so, what brand and why?
Legal practice management software is an important element in any law firm, despite your reliance on Google Apps as an alternative.
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Deborah Savadra

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Any of you #litigators have any #msoffice plugins you can't live without?
 
Calling all #litigators - what #msword or #msoutlook #plugins do you consider vital to your #litigation practice?
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Sam Glover
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Wondering what other people think of your website? Post the link in this Lab discussion, and comment on other law firm websites!
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