Quick Tips

Quick Tip: Ditch the Laptop Bag

Stand on a crowded train platform in any major city and you won’t have much trouble spotting the people carrying laptops.  The giveaway is usually their bag: bags made by companies who only produce laptop bags and computer accessories; backpacks emblazoned with computer brand names or logos; over-sized designer handbags with laptops or expensive tablets clearly protruding. Unfortunately, these conspicuous ...

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Quick Tip: Simplify Your Scheduling

Scheduling a meeting in the email era can be a nightmare.  The scenario is all too familiar: a meeting organizer suggests a date and time and each attendee responds with a different, typically conflicting, alternative.  That process then repeats itself, often several times, before the group can find a date and time that works for everyone. But what technology complicates, ...

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Quick Tip: 3 Simple iPad Tricks

Want to get a little bit more out of that iPad?  Here are three helpful features you may not have realized were available: Reopen recently closed tabs. Accidentally closed the wrong tab in the iPad’s Safari web browse?  Just tap and hold the “+” sign in the tab bar and you’ll get a list of recently closed tabs. Tap the ...

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Quick Tip: Enable iPhone LED Flash Alerts

Whether you have difficulty hearing, work in a particularly noisy office, or simply have a habit of forgetting to turn your ringer back on after meetings, it can be be helpful to have your smartphone provide a clear visual cue that you have an incoming call or alert.  For those with iPhones, one easy solution is to set the device’s ...

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Quick Tip: Outlook Conversation View

When Google’s Gmail launched in 2004, one of its more notable features was its use of conversational sorting.  That is, Gmail grouped emails–including your own responses–into conversational threads.  With one click, you could view an entire exchange of e-mails that spanned days or weeks. Though few realize it, a similar feature has been available in Microsoft Outlook for years.  The ...

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Quick Tip: Focus Your Audience

It’s a common scenario: you’re leading an audience through your meticulously prepared slidedeck when you’re suddenly forced off script.  Maybe someone in the audience asked an interesting and complicated question, or perhaps you’ve realized that a particular point in your presentation requires elaboration.  Whatever the reason, it’s a moment when you need to shift the audience’s attention away from the ...

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Quick Tip: Refresh Your About Page

Whether you’re a solo practitioner or one of many lawyers at a larger firm, chances are good there’s an “About” page for you somewhere on the firm’s website. When’s the last time you took a good hard look at what’s written there?  If you’re like most lawyers, your profile includes a formulaic paragraph or two about your professional background, a ...

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Quick Tip: E-Signatures Made Easy

Paperless is a big deal for lawyers today.  Properly implemented, a paperless office can save time, money, and a lot of headaches.  But paperless processes tend to breakdown when it comes time to apply the signature.  Suddenly, the document you’ve created, edited, shared and stored electronically has to be printed out just so you or your client can affix a ...

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Quick Tip: Learn To Spot The Scams

It’s hard to pass a full day without receiving at least one scam attempt in your email inbox. While many of the scams are obviously fake or poorly targeted — for example, an alert for a bank you don’t use — they’ve been growing steadily more sophisticated.  Indeed, there are even a number of scams that have been very carefully ...

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Quick Tip: Manage Your Social Media Permissions

One of the great attractions of social media and the cloud is the ease with which we can combine tools and expand functionality. With a few clicks, you can link social networking profiles from two different sites, or use your login information from one service to access another. Perhaps you have Twitter feeding automatically to your LinkedIn profile, or you’ve ...

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