Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on technology, research and practice.
Use the Way Back Machine to See Older Versions of Websites*
Have you ever needed or wanted to look at a previous version of a website? This is easily done on the Way Back Machine (archive.org). It allows you to browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. Just type in the web address of a site or page and hit enter. (Unfortunately, keyword searching is not currently supported.)…
Often, I write with too many commas. A comma is a beautiful thing, in fact, all punctuation is necessary for readers to understand a piece of text. Just ask the Associated Press who sent this punctuation-less tweet: BREAKING: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven….
Lawyers’ Summer Renovations*
As coincidences go, it’s probably not such a big deal. It turns out that both my PracticeTips partner, David Bilinsky, and I happen to be immersed in home reno projects of some note this August. Convergence or not, I enjoy the coast to (almost) coast symmetry. Now when it comes to home renovations, well, that’s often one of the things summer is for. Relaxing, catching a few rays, and spending every other waking moment addressing a cacophony of questions about materials, labour, colours, patterns, …
Some of our Slaw Tips columnists are away for summer vacation. Tips marked with an asterisk (*) have been selected as “Editors Picks” in their absence.