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Get protection: How to shield your gadget from the elements

Monday, 02 April 2012 19:01

otta boxWhile water is undoubtedly a major hazard for our gadgets, especially mobile phone, as many if not more phones are damaged by dropping them. Slipping our phone into a cover or case helps, but most are designed to only protect against scratches, scuffs and minor bumps. The next time your phone takes a tumble down a long, hard flight of stairs, you'll want it to be sheathed in something that's made of sterner stuff...
Read more at the Geekbeard blog...


Windows 8 – is it worth the wait?

Monday, 26 March 2012 14:37

windows8I downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview – which klapped the ADSL cap a little at 2.5Gb, but for you my readers, there is no limit to my frustrating quest to discover and test technology for you! Installed Windows 8 and realised off the bat that it is a bit different.


LAWtrust makes history as the first accredited SA provider of advanced electronic signatures

Monday, 26 March 2012 13:54

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LAWtrust, a leader in cryptographic-based security, today announced it had been appointed by the Department of Communications as an accredited authentication services provider in terms of the Electronic Communications and Transaction (ECT) Act of 2002.


Facebook and privacy after CCMA decision

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 09:11

ccma likeThe CCMA has made two interesting decisions about whether it is unfair for an employer to dismiss an employee for posting intentionally offensive statements about their employer on a social networking website, like Facebook. The decisions are reported under Sedick & another / Krisray (Pty) Ltd [2011] JOL 27445 (CCMA) and Fredericks / Jo Barkett Fashions (2011) 20 CCMA 8.24.3. The employees in each case were fairly dismissed, because the Arbitrators...
Read more at the Michalsons' web site...


How technology has messed us up -Humour

Monday, 19 March 2012 20:54

kids outsideA couple of images that illustrate how technology has changed things, most of which are for the worse....


Using the Nokia Lumia 800

Monday, 19 March 2012 19:37

NokiaLumia800Nokia have been very kind and allowed me to use the Nokia Lumia 800 for the last couple of weeks. I don’t control server farms using my phone, but I do use the phone more than most people. Here are my findings….


Thomson Reuters to bring LawSoft to UK, Africa and Asia Pacific

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 09:55

lawsoftElite, part of Thomson Reuters, announced its acquisition of Pilgrim Systems, a specialist in financial and practice management systems for mid-market law firms for more than 30 years. Acquiring Pilgrim and its LawSoft solution is a key component in Elite’s product development strategy and overall growth strategy to expand internationally.


Don't miss TechShare for attorneys in Durban

Monday, 12 March 2012 21:13

Durban2012-smallThis technology forum for attorneys WILL improve efficiency in your firm. Guaranteed! The KwaZulu Natal TechShare 2012 is being held on the 3rd April 2012 at the Natal Law Library in Durban. Seats are limited to the first 25 respondents.


Sabinet launches online access to Transvaal Provincial Gazettes Archive from 1910–1994

Monday, 12 March 2012 14:33

sabinet logoAccess to historical South African gazetted information made easy for researchers and the legal fraternity – fast, easy online access saves valuable man hours and boosts output and productivity. 


How to rescue a drowned cell phone.

Monday, 12 March 2012 10:45

blackberry in riceWater. We can't survive without it for more than a few days. But if water is life to us, it's death to our precious electronic gadgets, especially cellphones. Drop your phone in the loo or even keep it too close to your body on a muggy summer's day and you can find yourself with an expensive paperweight. The manufacturers call this “liquid” or “water” damage” and specifically exclude it from their warranties. Many insurers won't pay out for it either.
Read more at Geekbeard Blog...


When elephants fight...

Monday, 05 March 2012 20:38

elephants fightIt seems that there is just no end to the patent litigation between ICT industry giants – and for good reason. Not only has patent litigation become an effective means of raising revenue for both patent trolls and legitimate businesses but it has also become an effective means of trying to squeeze competitors.


Insert the curent date - (Shortcut Series)

Monday, 02 April 2012 16:38

 date timeWhen I type the date, 9 times out of 10 I mix up two characters, or get the spacing wrong. Here is a shortcut key to get you today's date with a single key sequence.


MS Word Save As - (Shortcut Series)

Monday, 26 March 2012 14:09

 save-asSaving documents is something we touched on last week, this week we look at using the "Save As" function allowing you to save the file as a new file.


Renier Uys joins the LAW Rates team in Pretoria

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 15:02


RenierLAW is pleased to announce the appointment of Renier Uys, a former Rates administrator at Tshwane Municipality, as the new Municipal Liaison Officer for Tshwane as from 01 February 2012.


Online awareness for scholars talk

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 08:53

kids at schoolIn today’s society people are spending more and more time online, be it for social activities (Facebook or Twitter), for study (Wikipedia or Google) or play (video gaming). While technology has progressed at a rapid pace, the law and societies social norms have lagged behind. Slowly though the law is starting to catch up, and with it there has a been an increase in people being sued for things they have done online. As a consequence people are starting to learn what is acceptable behavior and what isn’t. We offer a presentation on online awareness, aimed a high school students that will make them aware of the very real consequences of their online actions. (Good initiative Michalsons - Ed)
Read more at the Michalsons site...


Save Word documents on the fly - (Shortcut Series)

Monday, 19 March 2012 20:19

Not Saving documents

Saving documents on the fly as you type - something you really wonder why you don't do it more often....when you have typed ten pages and Eskom does their unexpected load shedding..


Benefits of Electronic Signatures for the law fraternity

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:25

signatura logoThe advent of electronic signature technology has brought with it a number of benefits to those who implement it and have integrated it into their business processes.


How to create a top law firm website

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 09:36

designing websitesIn an information session at the Cape Law Society annual general meeting at the end of last year, Malcolm Pearson, owner and publisher of online legal technology journal Tech4Law (, gave attorneys some guidelines for developing or improving their law firms’ websites.


Stopp speling erors - (Shortcut Series)

Monday, 12 March 2012 14:49


Speling erors alwais creap in when you leest eggspect them, from finger trouble or more often than not…bad spelling - I should know. Let's look at a quick key to spell check selected text or the entire document.


Email archiving and the law

Monday, 05 March 2012 20:51

email archivingThe use of email for business purposes has already, to a large degree, replaced many of the more conventional methods of communication, resulting in organisations being faced with the sometimes onerous task of implementing and maintaining effective systems and processes to maintain control over essential business communications.


Greek and Spanish mayors - Humour

Monday, 05 March 2012 21:04

mansionSome years ago a small rural town in Spain twinned with a similar town in Greece . The Mayor of the Greek town visited the Spanish town. When he saw the palatial mansion belonging to the Spanish mayor he wondered how he could afford such a house.


XpressDox releases version 4.1

Monday, 05 March 2012 20:23

XDox Logo 2012XpressDox is pleased to announce version 4.1 of its industry-leading document assembly software.  Highlights of the new version are a move to the new Word 2010 (.docx) format, enhancements to the Cloud-based version, a number of new authoring tools and enhanced and SQL Server integration.

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