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Vacuums and Cameras and Phones, Oh My!

In plenty of time for the holiday gift season, Wired Magazine has released Wired Test in PDF, free to download. There you’ll find the results of tests on an advertised “300+ New Products,” gadgets all. The fun of cruising atop our society’s excess aside, this issue of Wired has some real value, given that firms must evaluate and buy a wide range of tools, that, seen from the outside might be labelled gadgets. So you or your firm may well want to know which is the best Camcorder or DSLR camera, the best laptop or smart phone. And, yes, there . . . [more]

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McInnes Cooper’s YouTube Effort Makes ATL

It’s not often we Canadians get some play on the US legal gossip queen Above the Law, so let’s congratulate McInnes Cooper’s student recruiting video for making the grade.

Law firms are in tough when it comes to online video. The quality standard expected by the average user is that of the nightly news. And the inevitable re-hash of unoriginal legal imagery is a huge block in the road – someone is *always* going to critique your choices.

So isn’t it great to see McInnes Cooper bring this out? A mix of fun & facts, and a shot . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training, Technology

Labour Relations Goes Virtual

One area in which the new ways of communicating and collaborating that are discussed so often at this site are coming to the fore is in labour relations. Social networking sites are proving to be a valuable tool for labour union to bring a group of people together in a common cause.

In a widely-reported event last month, IBM workers in Italy wanted to stage a protest over a performance bonus they had not received. They decided to hold the protest in Second Life; IBM has long been a business leader in the virtual world. Protestors from around the (real) . . . [more]

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Electronic Paper – Still Coming Soon

The Future of Things has an update on the progress of electronic paper. The article is an interview with “the father of e-paper” Nick Sheridon, and includes some history, notes on current applications (including sony’s e-reader), and speculations about 2012, when he expects to see e-paper in widespread use.

The main advantage of e-paper, of course, would be the ease of editing. It might be especially useful for labeling foods and drugs, for instance.

via Stephen’s Lighthouse . . . [more]

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Zotero, COinS and Slaw

I’ve blogged a couple of times already about Zotero, that impressive Firefox extension that operates as a note-taker and bibliographic software. Zotero can tell when you’re viewing a book or an article or, now, a legal judgment, but until recently it had no category, if you like, for blog entry. That’s changed.

COinS (ContextObjects in Spans) is a simple way of embedding citation metadata in web pages. Zotero developed a WordPress plugin that uses the COinS specification for making basic metadata available to it. ((There seems to be a problem with the way the plugin interacts with version 2.2.2 . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Technology: Internet

Mapping Your Email

Between 1998 and now Christopher Baker accumulated 60,000 emails, which, at something like 20 a day isn’t an unreasonable number. He knew that in that mine lay information that would show him the shifting relationships between him and his correspondents across the decade, and he also knew that it would be difficult, not to mention tedious, to assess these by reading the archive. Instead, he designed a custom program that illustrated the networks graphically. You can see this in a Flash movie demonstrating his program.

This is, for me, paradigmatic of what computers are about: processing great quantitites of data . . . [more]

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Why No More WiFi

Last time I spoke to Simon F, he was complaining that there was not enough WiFi service available to keep him and his new iPod Touch connected at all times. This in a city whose downtown is blanketed by a WiFi network provided by Toronto Hydro. I’ve never tried the service myself – for the time it was in a free trial, I didn’t live within the area covered.

Toronto is not the only city to attempt such a scheme. However, the takeup has not quite been as expected in cities across the United States, particularly where private companies . . . [more]

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Website Allows You to Reduce Environmental Footprint

My friends and I like to travel. And yet, we also like to reduce our footprint on the environment. And really, the two things are so contradictory. Every time we step onto an airplane, we are doing inestimable damage to the environment. What to do?

Back in May Air Canada announced a carbon off-set program called Zerofootprint. The program has a website where you can submit your flight information, and using information it has on record for Air Canada’s planes, it calculates how much it would cost to plant trees to off-set your carbon usage: Zerofootprint calculator. Now . . . [more]

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Legal Post Docket Emerges

Announced yesterday, a new Canadian law blog is now available via the Financial Post blog community called Legal Post Docket. After blogging for a couple months behind closed doors, it *looks* like the wrapping was taken off yesterday morning (Oct. 10th). Not sure on that…. perhaps someone from LPD can chime in with an answer? Also a test to see if they’re following other Canadian legal blogs like Slaw. Timer starts now! ;-)

Most of the entries are from Jim Middlemiss, formerly connected with both Law Times and Canadian Lawyer, and two other notable Canadian legal writers . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet

Interesting Ontario Court of Appeal Webcast Today

The Ontario Court of Appeal is the the middle of hearing Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation v. National Automobile Aerospace Transportation and General Workers Union of Canada (Caw-Canada) (on appeal from the Divisional Court), in which the First Nation is arguing that the Labour Relations Act ought not to apply on their reserve because of their self-government rights. The Great Blue Heron Casino (warning: sound) is on the reserve. Today the government lawyers will argue. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10.30 EST and is being webcast.

By the way, the Court has archived all . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Technology

Your Weekend Sports Round-Up

I know we can count a number of sports fans among our readership, many of whom probably rely on today’s technology to help follow whatever game catches your fancy. The sports industry has been a leader in using the internet to get content out to its fans, and is also a leader in using technology to control the footage that does get out.

Last spring, for instance, the CBC began streaming its hockey playoff coverage online – but it was available only to fans watching from Canada. This follows a long-standing practice of the BBC to stream its soccer coverage . . . [more]

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Virtual Worlds Beyond Second Life

Second Life has received plenty of media coverage both here and elsewhere (for example, Simon’s post about a Canadian law firm opening up a virtual office). But there are a number of other virtual worlds out there where people congregrate to share their interest in everything from new music to Japanese animation.

For those of you with an interest in joining the “avatar age” (I haven’t taken the plunge yet myself), here’s a story with a list of some of the more popular sites. . . . [more]

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