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By Joanne Kiley posted 07-10-2015 12:37


Members recently discussed laptops, office space design, tools for podcasts and for capturing social media, and more. Explore curated sources on these topics including some from ILTA’s treasure chest.

Laptop Talk
The discussion groups buzzed with laptop questions and suggestions. ILTA members discussed trends for desktop to laptop transitions, software updating policies for laptops, and supporting personal laptops. In the 2014 ILTA Technology Survey, 19 percent of respondents reported that 90 percent or more of their attorneys had transitioned from desktops to laptops. Ultimately all laptop discussions circle back to the need for security and ever-ready mobile access as Rick Varju wrote in “Law Firm Mobile Data Security: We All Have an Ownership Role in This” and Dan Hauck in “Getting Your Mobility Up to Speed.” Of course, the discussion may soon change from supporting laptops to supporting tablets as Sheri Martinez suggests in the “’Surface’ Blog Series – Why Aren’t We Supporting the Surface Pro 3?

Office Space Design
Is your office or department due for remodeling? In a late June discussion post, Beau Mersereau shared beautiful photos of his new office layout and a video of the Lync LED status lights from Kuando. (Access to photographs currently limited to discussion group subscribers.) Earlier this year, Inc. wrote “5 Office Design Trends to Supercharge Your Workspace.” See The Wirecutter’s office furniture review in the “Best Standing Desks.” For a few noise cancelling options, see recommendations from Wired and Fast Company. Harvard Business Review also provides tips for the design process to “Stop Noise from Ruining Your Open Office.” Finally, if you already work in an open space but worry about productivity, read Elan Morgan’s article, “5 Ways to Love Your Open-Plan Office.”

Podcasting Tools
You can podcast on a dime. Daniel J. Lewis of The Audacity to Podcast shares “25 Free Podcasting Tools as Good as Their Paid Alternatives along with the caveats of free resources. If you have a bigger budget, read the reviews of microphones, recording tools and software from The Podcast Host, Allen Pike, and RazorSocial respectively. For those new to podcasting, the script outline in “Podcasting for Beginners: The Complete Guide to Getting Started with Podcasts will prove useful.

Capturing Social Media
Social Media plays a prominent role in the lives of individuals, corporations and litigation support. A few ILTA members have asked what tools best capture the right social media at the right time? At ILTACON 2014, Julie Brown, Doug Matthews and Andy Keck presented “What Happens on Facebook Doesn’t Stay on Facebook: Social Media Discovery Tools.” The ABA Journal offers “6 Tools to Help Firms Track Social Media.” Because precedential court history on social media evidence is sparse, read Inside Counsel’s “Developments in Social Media Evidence: To Authenticate or Not to Authenticate for extra guidance.

Something Extra – Samsung, Big Data Webinars and KM
In late June, word spread that Samsung software updates disabled Windows updates. Within one day, Samsung agreed to stop this practice and announced that Samsung PC owners would start receiving automatic Windows updates soon. To learn more, read PCWorld’s article.

Access the latest webinars in the ILTA “How Big Data Can Solve Problems” series, “Beginning Statistical Analysis and “Advanced Statistical Analysis.” Earlier webinars include “Big Data 101 and “Trends in Corporate Legal Department Ownership of Knowledge Assets.”

With the constant pressure to work nimbly and frugally, Gordon Vala-Webb’s ILTA KM blog reminds us that “Innovation Is Not a Dirty Word.”

As ILTA’s content curator, I’m always monitoring the discussion forums to discover what topics are top-of-mind among the members. Each week, I focus on a few areas that spark your interest, and I provide some curated resources to assist your own information-gathering on the topics. If there are specific topics you would like assistance exploring, please contact me at

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