Looking for a cheap and easy way to have dual monitors? Becky Worley of Yahoo News gives us a few tips in her article Cheap and Clever Dual Monitor Trick. She writes "An app on your tablet combined with software on your computer work together to create a connection over Wi-Fi – no cables necessary. Your tablet becomes the second screen for the computer; your mouse cursor moves from one screen to the next, and you can drag & drop any files from the computer screen to the tablet screen" She also tells us about two popular programs that will get the job done. You can read her article here.
According to CNBC's Arjun Kharpal, the PC may be on the endangered list. He writes "Tablet shipments are expected to overtake total PC shipments by 2015 as low cost devices flood the market, according to research by IDC." The Law Library jumped on this band wagon by purchasing a Surface Pro by Microsoft. This machine is actually a laptop in tablet form, running Windows 8. It's like a PC in the palm of your hand. Stop by the library for a test drive.
Online backup services are an easy way to make sure your important files are safeguarded. PC Magazine's Michael Muchmore writes "Data loss can be heartbreaking enough when your personal photos, videos, and music make up the data in question. But if you've got a small business, the potential damage may be even more devastating: 70 percent of small firms that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year, according to a recent study by HP." In his article, Muchmore highlights a handful of PCMag.com's most recent online backup reviews. You can read his article here.
As part of a recent bus trip to promote his proposals for lowering the costs of higher education, President Obama has suggested that law school should only last 2 years. He recommends that a third year could be devoted to a practical experience in a clerkship with a Judge or law firm. An article from the NYTimes summarized President Obama's goal of reducing costs for students while they gain real-life, work experience. The ABA is also suggesting significant changes to law school to make the experience more practical as well.
About 50 law firms have created a nationwide Law Firm Sustainability Network to help lawyers and firms work greener. Although it was formally incorporated in November, law.com reports that the Network has been working hard since 2011 by "holding webinars, developing best practices and partnering with sister groups in other countries to share ideas, network and develop guidelines and industry standards." Big ticket items the Network focuses on include travel, office practices, and the use of paper and energy. Examples of its recommendations and practices include: "using recycled paper and making sure it gets recycled again; buying carbon offsets against their air travel; replacing travel with video-conferencing; replacing light fixtures and setting thermostats higher or lower, depending on the season." Read more.
A great article from USA Today recently chronicled all of the latest efforts to make ebooks and print books available at airports all over the world. This phenomenon apparently started in 1962, when the Nashville Public Library opened a branch at the Nashville Airport. As of today, travelers can check out free ebooks at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the Manhattan Regional Airport, the Philadelphia International Airport, the Harrisburg International Airport, the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan, and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Print reading libraries are available at other locations, such as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library.
Although LexisNexis recently laid off quite a large number of sales personnel, it is growing in other ways. If you have not already heard, LexisNexis is branching out into the software field by buying up companies that develop software to help lawyers manage all sizes of law firms. According to a recent article about this venture, "Software by LexisNexis and its competitors helps the firms gauge profitability in the relatively complex new methods, in particular client relations and of particular attorneys."