Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rocket Matter Now Integrates With Dropbox

Rocket Matter®, legal practice management and time and billing solution for small to mid-sized law firms, today announces integration with Dropbox, a popular Internet document backup service.

Rocket Matter users can associate matters with Dropbox folders, allowing them to view documents associated with a given client case. Because Dropbox synchronizes with the user’s local file system, no file uploading is necessary. Users can leverage the massive amounts of documents they currently maintain with Dropbox and easily access them through Rocket Matter’s web interface.

“We’ve found Dropbox to be immensely popular in the attorney small office community,” says Larry Port, the company’s CEO and Co-Founder. “At a recent conference devoted to legal technology, nearly 80% of the participants discussed using Dropbox and it was mentioned in almost every presentation. We feel Rocket Matter integration will make their lives even more productive.”

In addition to Dropbox integration, Rocket Matter also added matter-level user permissions based on requests from some of their larger firms. Now, each matter can be viewed by everyone in the firm, only the matter creator, or specified individuals.

“Some of our larger customers require the ability to protect information on a matter-by-matter basis,” explains Ariel Jatib, Rocket Matter’s Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder. “Our initial permissions capability revolved around role, such as access to billable information, which is fine for smaller firms. But when a law firm has fifty people, then more data isolation is required.”

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Monday, November 29, 2010

BGR Breaks It Down: How to use AirPrint with any Printer

From Boy Genius Report and Zach Epstein | Nov 29th, 2010 at 09:20AM

Apple’s latest iOS update finally adds AirPrint to iOS devices, bringing wireless printing capabilities to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in order to use AirPrint, you need a compatible printer. Since very few printers are compatible at this point in time, odds are pretty good that yours isn’t one of them. Don’t worry, though — that’s where hobbyist hackers come in.

If you own a Mac [update for Windows PCs added below] and a printer, you can use AirPrint. In fact, your printer doesn’t even have to be wireless. A simple new hack using an OS X app dubbed AirPrint Hacktivator will enable printing via AirPrint for nearly anyone in a matter of minutes. Hit the jump for a guide that will get you up and running in no time.

1. Download the latest version of AirPrint Hacktivator
2. Unzip the AirPrint Hacktivator to your desktop or Applications folder, then run it
3. Slide the toggle switch in the app to ON, then enter your administrator password when prompted
4. Click OK to confirm
5. Now, go to System Preferences -> Print & Fax
6. Click the minus symbol to remove your printer, then add it back and check the box share it on your network (see video below for instructions)

You’re now ready to use AirPrint from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later. Just remember that your Mac must be on and connected to your network in order for your hacktivated AirPrint to work.

UPDATE: BGR reader Andre just sent us an email to let us know that German blog Macerkopf has an app that will let Windows users hack their PCs to enable AirPrint as well. Check out the translated post for more details and make sure you download the English version of the hack if you want to get in on the action.

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Schawbel on Branding

Here are Dan Schawbel's latest thoughts on branding

Entrepreneurs need branding advice more than ever before. I recently wrote a very popular article for Entrepreneur Magazine that received over eight hundred shares on social networks. It was an introduction to personal branding specifically for entrepreneurs. Most entrepreneurs focus on building their corporate brands, and forget about their own. The issue with this is that if you neglect to build your personal brand, and your company fails like most companies do (in the first two years), then you die with it. In order to increase your long-term success rate as an entrepreneur, you need to focus on four types of brands: yourself, your company, your concept, and your community. By thinking about all of these types of brands, you will start to realize how they are all interconnected, and that each can support one another.

1. Yourself

What are you an expert in? What do you want to be known for? Entrepreneurs need to align their brand with that of their company. For instance, I'm a personal branding expert, and my company specializes in helping individuals achieve career success through personal branding. It's a fairly obvious connection that makes sense to my audience. This also works if you're into personal finance, or human resources, or if you're a doctor, lawyer, or any other type of profession. By building your personal brand as the go-to expert in your industry, it will be much easier for you to promote your company. An expert can be interviewed by radio, TV, magazines, blogs, etc, but a company can't be interviewed. A corporate spokesperson is extremely important because the media, and your customers, want to hear your story and opinions.

2. Your company

As an individual, you can't scale, but your company can. By getting your name out there, you have the opportunity to cite your company's name. When you're on TV, you can use your company to identify who you are. For example "Dan Schawbel, Founder of Millennial Branding." The more your company gets recognized, or just cited, in the media the more brand awareness it will have. Your company, whether you have two or two hundred employees, can scale because your employees can become evangelists and spread your corporate gospel to a global audience using the internet.

3. Your concept

If you want to grow your business, as well as yourself as an expert in your industry, then you need to build your concept. By developing primary demand for your offerings, you will become more successful in the long-term. If more people understand and enjoy the concept of personal branding, it will help both myself and my company survive and thrive. If you're in an industry where the concept has been around forever, then try and take a different approach than your competitors to create a brand new concept that you can own, but share. A well-known concept will help the top experts in that field more than anyone else, so it's critical that you position yourself as the leader.

4. Your community

Your community is a group of people that support you and your company. There's also an obvious connection between your community and your concept because the community is gathering together to talk about and spread your concept to more people. You need to activate members in your community, and engage with them, in order to keep your concept in the spotlight, and therefore your company, and yourself. You have to feed your community content and interact with them if you want them to remain because there are too many other choices that could divert their attention now
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nerino on Dropbox

Dropbox is a great program. It allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically.
  • 2GB of online storage for free, with up to 100GB available to paying customers.
  • Sync files of any size or type.
  • Sync Windows, Mac, and Linux computers.
  • Automatically syncs when new files or
    changes are detected.

Nerino Petro has posted is thoughts regarding Dropbox.

I’m a big fan of Dropbox and wrote about this terrific tool in my recent post Dropbox: Have you Got Yours? With consummate timing, the folks at Makeuseof.com posted an article entitled The First Unofficial Guide to Dropbox , making available for free download or online reading, Matt Smith’s Using the Magic Pocket: A Dropbox Manual ebook.

Using the Magic Pocket: A Dropbox Manual is full of helpful How To’s, tips and tricks in its 30+ pages covering Dropbox free and paid plans to file syncing; file sharing and online backup as well as advanced tips and tricks. For example, did you know that you can use Dropbox to keep data for a program that you have on multiple computers in sync? I hadn't thought of this, but in Chapter 7: Advanced Dropbox Tips, Matt explains:
Syncing documents, however, is just the tip of the iceberg. Dropbox isn’t picky about
what it syncs. Stick a file in Dropbox and zam! – it’s instantly sent to your other
devices. This includes files like bookmarks, calendar databases and email
In effect, you can use Dropbox to sync client software that relies on a local file to
store information. Any software that has the capability to export or import the
information used by the software can take advantage of Dropbox. This includes
browsers like Firefox and Internet Explorer, calendar applications, financial
applications and much more. Taking advantage of this functionality can make it
much easier to keep software installed on different computers in sync. Just change
your software’s settings so that such information is stored in the Dropbox and you’re good to go.

This guide is a great adjunct to your use of Dropbox and more than worth the low, low price of free

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7 Inch Tablet Deals Are Busting Out Everywhere!

Here's another one for you. The Maylong M-150 7" tablet is available at Walgreens for $99. Yes I said Walgreen, and yes I said $99!

M-150 Universe Tablet PC Features:
  • Google Android Operating System
  • 7 inches LCD color touch-screen
  • Full Internet browsing capability
  • Experience YouTube at your fingertips
  • Pre-loaded e-Book reader
  • Built-in digital picture viewer application with all features of a Digital Picture Frame
  • Easy access to emails
  • Included digital music, video player
  • Download and install custom Android Applications,including Facebook, games and more.
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$200 Tablet On Sale Now!

Velocity Micro has released its cruz tablet. A 7 inch color screen, Android operating system, 512 MB of RAM, wi-fi, SD card support, touch screen, mini-USB, with a list price of $299.

Is it a powerhouse tablet? No way. But if you are looking to make the jump to a tablet, and you don't want to shell out oodles of money, the cruz might be a good option.

Here is the exciting news, right now tigerdirect.com is selling it for $199!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

HP Slate 500 Forecasts Upped

The good news for HP, if a new rumor has any basis in reality, is that it apparently smashed its HP Slate 500 sales goals. The bad news is those expectations were seemingly quite low. HP’s Slate 500, which launched less than one month ago, is now backordered on the company’s website. According to rumors, HP had a limited run of 5,000 units ahead of launch last month. It then went on to sell a reported 9,000 units. Of course 9,000 units pales in comparison to sales of Apple’s iPad, the tablet by which all others are measured (regardless of how ridiculous comparisons might be). Last quarter, Apple sold over 46,000 iPads each day. On the other hand, selling 9,000 units of a product that sits squarely in a market that doesn’t yet exist is pretty impressive. The need for business tablets — much like the need for consumer tablets — is a need that manufacturers are doing their best to invent. The increasing flood of tablet offerings suggests they may succeed, and HP’s small victory so far with the Slate 500 certainly bodes well.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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Oklahoma Bar Journal Gives You Great Collection of Legal Technology Articles

Jim Calloway writes a law practice tips blog. He is also the Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association's Management Assistance Program. The Oklahoma Bar Association, in turn, is at the forefront in providing its member with law practice management education, and spreading the word on technology in law practice.

The November 2010 Oklahoma Bar Journal has a Law Office Management and Technology theme and we're happy to share them with you whether you are a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association or not. So pass along this link to someone you think might be interested and settle in for a lengthy session if you decided to read them all.

In order that they are included in our publication:

Surely there is something interesting in this group of articles for every practicing lawyer. I encourage you to read them all and pass this post along to others who will enjoy them.

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Solo nets Supreme Court win!

I know this has nothing to do with technology, but I think it is pretty cool. Andrew Simpson is a sole practitioner in the U.S. Virgin Is...