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Access to South African legislation now free

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Monday, 27 January 2014 17:54

onlline free law resourcesMany aspects of our daily lives involve laws: registration of births and deaths, marriage, divorce, writing of wills, employing and firing employees, living in a sectional title home, paying income tax, to name a few. For the man in the street access to up-to-date versions of South African legislation will henceforth be free of charge.This is thanks to the joint venture between the University of Pretoria and the South African Legal Information Institute (SAFLII) which was launched on Tuesday by Judge Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court.

 

The value of bringing voice onto the enterprise network

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Thursday, 19 September 2013 06:49

connection-telecom-logoMigrating from the traditional public switched telephone network to Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) offers enterprises many benefits associated with cost, flexibility and sheer powerful functionality.

 

Top technology cost-saving tips for SMEs

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Monday, 08 April 2013 21:17

Nashua with costs cutting ideasAt the centre of Nashua Mobile’s business philosophy is the promise to put its customers first and this includes SMEs, which are expected to drive the growth of technology. These businesses are always looking for ways, including increasing productivity and reducing costs, to make them even more competitive. 

 

Boost Your WiFi Signal Using Only a Beer Can

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Monday, 26 November 2012 15:54

I love a good hack, especially one that requires me to throw back a cold one before hand (or during). This simple wifi boost has actually been shown to increase signal strength by at least 2 to 4 bars. And, well, I will drink to that. (Editor - I tested this and got an extra 6m range.)

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Limit length of calls on Android phones

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Monday, 10 October 2011 13:40

android_call_limitIf you often get a shock when receiving your cellular bill - then this free Android application will be just what you need. It limits the call to a predetermined length and ends the call.

Read more about this application at the Android Market..

 

Save money on cellphone contracts with smart monitoring

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Monday, 08 November 2010 21:19
du_pont_logoExpired cellphone contracts which no longer attract the reduced subscription that made the contract a "good deal" in the first place; Monthly contract payments for mobile phone numbers no longer in use within a business; Contracts taken out many years previously which are far more expensive than more current packages - yet are allowed to roll over from month to month;Cellphone contracts assigned to staff members based on their status rather than business need...
 

Tips to save money on toner

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Monday, 14 June 2010 14:45

tonersinksI purchased an HP Colour LaserJet model number CP2025 about 6 months ago. It was shipped with "starter" cartridges (the salesperson explained that the starter cartridges were roughly one-third full). Not a problem though, since I knew about that already. As expected, the initial cartridges didn't last long before the printer stopped printing as it needed a new black cartridge.

 

Chrometa offers Tech4Law subscribers a 20% discount

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Monday, 22 March 2010 15:28
chrometa_logoChrometa, creator of its proprietary automatic time tracking software, is proud to offer Tech4Law readers a special discount of 20%. Please use promo code "TECH4LAW" when checking out to redeem your discount. This offer will expire on the 30th April 2010 and is limited to Tech4Law subscribers. For more information on the Chrometa time tracking software go to www.chrometa.com. Thanks to Brett & his team for this offer!
 

Why I Prefer Free, Open-Source Software

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Monday, 30 November 2009 09:43
free_noteThe terms free software and open-source software are hovering at the fringe of most computer users' consciousness. But whether you know it or not, you already use a lot of free, open-source software every day. You could be saving considerable money by using it in your law practice, too.
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Telkom or Cell for national phone calls

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Monday, 19 October 2009 13:06
landline_to_cell1Most of our business calls at the office are during the Telkom "Peak time" and we thought it would be a good idea to work out whether it was cheaper to call another party across the country from your Telkom line or from your Cellular phone.
 

Memory upgrade – actual speed tests

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Sunday, 28 June 2009 18:53
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memI recently upgraded two notebooks, and thought it would be a good idea to test the speed improvements. The price of the 1Gb DDR2 800Mhz notebook memory module was R130 ex VAT - at R260 for 2Gb it was well worth it.

 

Save money on buying toner

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Tuesday, 26 May 2009 20:51
Cutting costs tonersinksWe have been asked to do a little research on the price of toners from various consumable suppliers, as people thought that they were paying a little too much for the toner or ink cartridges.
 

Management tips on protecting your bottom line in tough times

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Sunday, 29 March 2009 11:23
abaFirms are feeling the pinch and we'd like to offer some tips for surviving this recession and see why this is a good opportunity to refocus your firm and put it back on the right track.
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10 simple ways to save on Deeds Office, CIPRO, and credit searching

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Wednesday, 04 March 2009 17:13

deedDeeds Office search costs are often overlooked, since all search costs are disbursed to the end client. What firms don't realize is that invariably they recover a standard amount anyway - typically around R80 per matter.
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The best free software of 2009

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Friday, 27 February 2009 13:23

pcmag_logoThe best things in life are actually often free. Here, a list of 173 of the best things in life: free software, for launching apps, networking, backup, synchronization, entertainment, and more.

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Free converter from PDF to Word

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Friday, 30 January 2009 18:02

cnet_logo on technology for lawyersFree PDF to Word Doc Converter is a desktop document conversion tool to convert Adobe PDF to MS Word files. The program can extract text, images, and shapes from PDF file to DOC file and preserve the layout.

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Save money on Telkom to cell phone calls

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Monday, 29 December 2008 08:24

telkom_logoCellSaver will enable you to save on your fixed-to-mobile call spend. Should you be spending R2500 or more on calls to mobile phones you will qualify. The discount will depend on your monthly cellular spend.

 

Using simple technology to increase profits (Dec'08)

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Thursday, 27 November 2008 12:21
lawyers_dont_like_ocmputersLawyers don't like technology much. Perhaps they are just not wired that way. It's a pity though, since if one looks back at the events that reshaped the legal profession throughout history, nearly all of these have been around new technology.
 

Squeeze 10% more out of your toner cartridges (Dec'08)

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Thursday, 27 November 2008 09:56
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save_tonerIf you own a laser printer you will know the telltale signs of an empty toner cartridge. Either the page starts to get streaky, or, on more advanced printers, a message tells you that you need to replace your toner cartridge.

 

Save costs by managing software licenses (Nov'08)

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Thursday, 30 October 2008 08:25

savemoneyApproximately 40% of money spent on acquiring a basic PC for a law firm is the cost of the operating system and an MS Office license. Add any other software components (and there usually are) and the software costs quickly exceed the hardware costs.

 

Automatically track your e-mail and smartphone time

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Monday, 06 January 2014 08:58

time billingNow you can keep track of your billable hours at your Mac, PC, iPhone, or Android - automatically.

 

Advice from Nashua Mobile on how to prevent Bill Shock

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Monday, 03 June 2013 13:47

cell bill shockGolf is an expensive hobby, but it cost one man almost R1-million recently even though he was nowhere near a green. That was his cell phone bill after an app to analyse his golf swing kept running when he travelled abroad, scoring an exorbitant case of bill shock.

 

60% Saving on Electricity for PCs

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Monday, 18 March 2013 13:28

save power PCFor no good reason, most computers are left powered-on during non-working hours, resulting in a significant waste of energy. Because of the rapid rise in energy prices and an increasing environmental legislation, organisations like yours are seeking new and innovative solutions to a more efficient power consumption.

 

 

A vast amount of money is lost annually from the professional consulting industries in South Africa

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Monday, 13 August 2012 14:06

Andrew Johnston smallWith the advent of technologies used in day to day business especially mobile phones and internet, professionals are now easier to get hold of and clients are often able to circumvent the professional’s administration structures. The problem is that often these professionals are handing out hours of free advice either by phone or e-mail.

 

Hey..WhatsApp! Free text messages.

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Monday, 07 February 2011 16:01

whatsappSometimes great applications just seem to slip past everyone without too many people knowing about it. Well this application is one such application, but before it slips past us all, I thought it would be a great idea to share this discovery with those that have not stumbled across it already.

 

Save up to 68% of your print costs

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Monday, 25 October 2010 13:48

pretonToner and Ink Saving Software Company, Preton Ltd, announced last month the test results accumulated by the independent research advisor and consultant, bradham360 Ltd. and Industry Analysts, Inc. The test results, as established by bradham360 Ltd and Industry Analysts, Inc, proved that when employing the PretonSaver solution on a mixed content document (with text, graphics, and images), savings of 68.8% were achieved.

 

Free online RSVP system

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Monday, 03 May 2010 17:30

rsvp_logoHere is a great application which caters for all occasions and events and is free to use for home and business. What I liked about the Saas application was that you still send out your invitation as you normally would - for me it was Outlook merge - then RSVPhere does the rest all online.

 

Chrometa now free to SA law students 4 ever

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Monday, 08 February 2010 16:23
chrometa_logoBrett Owens, co-founder of Chrometa says, "We’re excited to announce that we are now providing free licenses of Chrometa for law students, including those in South Africa, as requested by Tech4Law! The idea spawned from a conversation that we were having with the fine folks who run Social Media Law Student. We were originally planning to offer a steep discount on Chrometa for students in their listening audience…
 

Technology changing law services

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Monday, 09 November 2009 12:31
gabblePlanning for the future, especially now with the global economic recession firmly taking hold, could be considered "like changing the wheel on a moving car," says international legal futurist, author and technology consultant Richard Susskind about the challenges facing the legal profession today.
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Change nothing and save on your Telkom account

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Tuesday, 29 September 2009 20:22
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dont_throw_money_down_the_drainHow would you like to save your firm money on your Telkom bill, and not have to change a single telephone or switchboard to achieve the savings? Even better, you don't have to do anything except phone Telkom and ask them for a discount.

 

Technology audits can pay off big-time

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Saturday, 27 June 2009 14:02
auditThe premise of an audit is a simple one: How can you know where you are going if you don't know where you are? Today, cost savings have become a huge concern. And you cannot make good budget, spending and cost-cutting decisions without knowing the facts. How well do you or the decision-makers at your firm know what technology you already have and use or don't use?
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How to Cut Tech Costs Without Cutting Effectiveness

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Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:04
Cutting costs cut_costsGenerally speaking, cutting costs is good advice in any economy. Even when times are flush you really shouldn't be paying for things you don't need, or paying more than necessary for the things you do need. But when money gets tight you want to be sure you're using what you have more efficiently.
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Online shopping comparison for SA

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Sunday, 29 March 2009 11:14

pricecheck_logoThe best way to find a bargain online is by comparing prices, and this is exactly what PriceCheck offers South Africa. At PriceCheck, you can find and compare products from established online shops catering for internet purchases in South Africa as well as user contributions.

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Free email accounts with Google Mail

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Friday, 27 February 2009 13:30
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gmail_logoI always take it for granted that people know certain things, like the fact that Google Mail is one of the most popular email systems available, and that it is absolutely free.

 

Increasing productivity

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Saturday, 31 January 2009 21:06
Cutting costs productiveIf we could double the productivity of every person in the office, our prosperity will increase dramatically. The results will entail increased client satisfaction, higher remuneration for employees, bigger profits, better cash flow, thus growth in many aspects.
 

10 simple ways to save on Deeds Office, CIPRO, and credit searching.

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Thursday, 29 January 2009 07:37

deedDeeds Office search costs are often overlooked, since all search costs are disbursed to the end client. What firms don't realize is that invariably they recover a standard amount anyway - typically around R80 per matter. That means, however, that whatever they spend on searching is still a cost against that income amount. So how can you reduce your search costs?

 

6 ways to cut office expenses

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Monday, 29 December 2008 07:45
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costscalcIn these tough financial times there are probably many attorneys wishing that their bills for office expenses could be smaller. By making use of basic computer technology and some changes in work procedures, substantial cost savings can be made in the following areas without any lowering in fees or productivity:

 

Free CIPRO enterprise name search (Dec'08)

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Thursday, 27 November 2008 10:23

ciproWant to see if the name you have in mind for your company is taken? Or perhaps you're looking for the registered address of a company or CC?

 

Cut costs by checking invoices more carefully (Dec'08)

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Thursday, 27 November 2008 09:26

billA partner at a law firm in Durban advises that if firms want to save money they should double check their transactional invoices from vendors.