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My hybrid solar power and backup solution – Link to Main Electrical Board

Monday, 27 July 2015 18:01

solar deliveredA very wet week, where not much work was done. The wiring to the main electricity distribution board (Main DB) is still being finished as I prepare this article. Solar panels arrived and sheltered in the garage.


Who's afraid of IBM Watson? Machine learning and the future of law

Monday, 27 July 2015 12:36

Watson AI LawRecently in New York, Adam Smith Esq had the opportunity to invite a couple of dozen law firms to 'An Introduction to IBM Watson' at the brand new $1bn IBM Watson facility down on Astor Place. This is not going to be a report on that event, except insofar as it helped advance our thinking on the general concept of 'machine learning,' it is a primer on the need for machine learning in a world of big data, and how it is emerging as a mainstream management tool.
Read more at Legal Business...


Practice Management for Attorneys Conference 2015

Monday, 27 July 2015 10:20

conference legal practice management 2015‘It is acknowledged that attorneys are not trained as managers and prefer to do what they are trained to do and enjoy doing, i.e. practice law. Given the current economic climate however, practitioners need to spend more time on managing their practices. What then should practitioners do? The sustainability and profitability of the firm demands that fundamental business processes and principles are applied.


My hybrid solar power and backup solution - Cabling

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 15:25

RCT5000 hybrid inverter instllationA continuation from last week's article on the basics and why I chose the hybrid alternative system. This past week I bought the cable and the connectors to connect the batteries, firstly to each other and then to the hybrid inverter.


7 Steps to Fixing Your Legal Billing Problem

Monday, 20 July 2015 13:29

houston we have a problem law firm billingInstead of immediately trying to get your firm to Level Five proficiency with billing, concentrate on advancing one level at a time. Establishing good practices takes time, and the following steps will propel you up the ladder as you continue to improve. The important thing is not to be intimidated or discouraged: keep at it.
Read more at Legal Productivity...


8 LinkedIn Profile Photo Mistakes That Make You Look Unprofessional [Infographic]

Monday, 20 July 2015 14:17

linkedIn profile picture tips for lawyersIn the age of selfies, bad photography runs rampant. Duck lips, bathroom pictures, too close close ups -- the list of photography faux pas is seemingly endless. A poorly angled selfie or two (or 100) might not be so bad on Facebook. But put those same pictures on LinkedIn, and watch your connection accept rate take a nosedive.


My hybrid solar power and backup solution - baby steps

Monday, 13 July 2015 20:03

RCT axpert 5KVAThe current load shedding situation got me thinking about alternative power and the solution I have decided on after many hours of research was to go for is a hybrid setup, where we use solar and when that fails, the power grid and when that fails the battery backup.


Video on easy ways to get more electronic exposure

Monday, 13 July 2015 16:40

easy ways to improve your electronic exposure for law firmsTwo weeks ago we hosted a webinar presentation on how to easily improve your electronic exposure which will then drive more clients to your door.


Law Society supports Judiciary's commitment to the rule of law

Monday, 13 July 2015 20:16

natal law societyThe KwaZulu Natal Law Society (KZNLS) welcomes the emphatic statement from the Honourable Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on the judiciary’s commitment to the Rule of Law.


Limpopo Provincial Legislature gain further workflow efficiencies

Monday, 06 July 2015 13:25

powerhouse dictation south africaTen years on, and still going strong…Limpopo Provincial Legislature gain further workflow efficiencies from Powerhouse Dictation via Winscribe.


Huawei P8 redefines the smart phone experience - South Africa Launch

Monday, 06 July 2015 13:02

huawei P8Style and glamour took centre stage in Johannesburg on Thursday, 02 July when Huawei introduced its latest masterpiece, the P8 smart phone at the Johannesburg Country Club.


The Fall and Rise of Conveyancing in UK

Monday, 27 July 2015 14:17

redbricksolutionsRedbrick Solutions have produced this infographic to show a year on year comparison in conveyancing statistics. It is interesting to note that over the last 7 years 1862 conveyancing firms have left the market or merged with others and that 70% of the work is now shared by the 1000 big conveyancing firms, up from 57% in 2007 - that leaves only 30% for the rest to fight over. But they say that volumes are up with a 10 year high!
Read more at Red Brick Solutions... Awards Ceremony: Final deadline for nominations – 31 July 2015

Monday, 27 July 2015 10:36

pro bono awards 2015On 17 September 2015, Probono.Org will host the second annual ProBono.Org Awards Ceremony at Constitution Hill with Advocate Thuli Madonsela as guest speaker.


A Simple Daily Routine to Maximize Productivity

Monday, 27 July 2015 10:07

be productive todayYou can use the Pomodoro Technique to focus on one task at a time, and adhere to the principles of effective calendaring, checklists, and touching tasks only once. But operating at optimal productivity every day starts with the simple and so-obvious-it’s-overlooked premise: preparing for the next day by writing down and prioritizing tasks.
Read more at Legal Productivity...


Clock strikes twelve on Windows Server 2003 support

Monday, 20 July 2015 12:48

goodbye windows server 2003At the stroke of midnight (14th July 2015), the final chapter will have been written in the story of one of the most widely deployed operating systems in Microsoft’s history, with the company no longer offering support for Windows Server 2003. This means that there will be no more security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options or online technical content updates from Microsoft for the ageing platform.


How To Manage Emails for an Efficient Workflow

Monday, 20 July 2015 14:01

paralegal tips to managing emailsAs paralegals, we are known multitaskers, often confronting many tasks at once. While multitasking seems like a process of getting more done, it often results in distraction and inefficiency. And while it is nearly impossible for paralegals to avoid distraction completely, we can learn to manage email intake for a better overall workflow.
Read more at Legal Talk Network....


How Attorneys Can Master the Twitter-verse

Monday, 20 July 2015 16:55

twitter tips for lawyersIf you are still trying to wrap your head around how to use Twitter, here are 7 tips that can take you from Twitter newbie to tweetmaster quickly...
Read more at The National Law Review...


AIS – the next level of document composition, workflow and paperless processes

Monday, 13 July 2015 20:30

AISSouth African specialist software and IT service provider Assimilated Information Systems Pty Ltd. (AIS) has this year marked ten years of successful operation. The company has established itself as a leading supplier of product, services and support focused on document generation, digital signing, governance and compliance, process management and desktop/ mobile data origination.


How Legal Billing Practices Can Differentiate Your Firm

Monday, 13 July 2015 16:00

houston we have a problem law firm billingTime and billing is, conceptually, the direct conduit between the legal work being performed and the client. As such, the time and billing function is in an extremely unique position: it holds the key to the most critical business information in your law firm and functions as a fundamental communication point with a client.
Read more at Legal Productivity...


Canon South Africa’s acquisition of Océ South Africa to go ahead

Monday, 06 July 2015 14:05

canon oce acquisition south africaCanon South Africa is pleased to confirm that the process has now been completed, following the Competition Commission of South Africa’s approval of Canon South Africa to acquire Océ South Africa. The acquisition process was completed on 1 July 2015 when Océ SA was formally integrated into Canon SA. Awards Ceremony: Call for nominations

Monday, 06 July 2015 13:13

probono awards south africaOn 17 September 2015, Probono.Org will host the second annual ProBono.Org Awards Ceremony at Constitution Hill with Advocate Thuli Madonsela as guest speaker.


Which Law Firm Wins the Business?

Monday, 06 July 2015 12:51

houston we have a problem law firm billingLet's say, a business needs some assistance prosecuting a simple trademark application, she will likely search for qualified lawyers to work with. Assume she’s narrowed her choice between two equally qualified lawyers. Each has already tried to differentiate themselves by claiming “experience,” “knowledge” and “responsiveness”. She gets down to the nitty-gritty and asks for an estimate on the cost of the work....
Read more at Legal Productivity...

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