Category Archives: Travel

Tue, September 16th, 2014 by Graves and Allen

New Portable ScanSnap Scanner iX100

Fujitsu has announced the release of a new scanner to its well respected ScanSnap line, the iX100. The smallest and most portable scanner in the line, the iX100 offers some real advantages to the mobile lawyer. It scans rapidly and uses wireless technology to send quality scans (up to 600 dpi) to computers, iOS and Android devices. The iX100 scans at a rate of 5.2 seconds in normal mode; weighs in at under a pound,and measures 10.75 x 1.87 x 1.42 inches. It can scan color and grayscale.

You do not need access to a wireless network to use the wireless capabilities of the iX100 as it comes with a built-in WiFi transmitter allowing you to connect your computer, Android or iOS device to the iX100 using its own Wi-Fi signal. You can also use USB to scan to a computer. The iX100 works with both the Mac OS and Windows. It comes with ABBY FineReader, ScanSnap Organizer and CardMinder for both the Mac OS and Windows.

Scanning to a mobile device requires installation of a free app, available for iOS and Android. Once the app is installed, it lets you scan a document directly to your mobile device.

When scanning to a computer, the software lets you choose between sending the scanned image to the computer or to a cloud storage service.

Fujitstu designed the scanner for mobility and built it compactly. One of the tradeoffs is the lack of a document feeder,such as you would likely have on a larger scanner. The absence of the feeder is a common tradeoff for small portable compact scanners. It is designed for scanning a few documents at a time, not mass quantities of documents.

The iX100 lists for $229. It has just come out and I do not know if it will be available at discounted prices in the near future. You can always check on line to see. If you have a regular need to scan documents outside of your office and need better quality than you can get from your smartphone, the iX100 is a solid choice.
Photo of a Scanner

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Mon, April 14th, 2014 by Graves and Allen

iPads and Labradors

OK, it has been a while since I had time to post, but I am going to start again, now that my books are published.  This post should interest a number of vendors.  My wife left her iPad out where our young (7 month old) Labrador Retriever, Buck could get his mouth on it.  Buck has already established that, like his guardians, he prefers Apple products (he has been trying for an iPhone for the last month).  Anyway, for those of you not aware of this, Labs are wonderful dogs, but unstoppable (and quite strong) chewers. The Lab chewed through the case and the iPad, resulting in the interesting side note for my wife, a retired school teacher:  She can tell people that the dog ate her iPad.   My wife’s misadventure resulted in several conclusions.

1.  Targus cases are pretty decent, and, as a general rule, fairly protective of iPads;  but they cannot withstand the onslaught of a young Lab exercising his chewing instinct.

2.  Gorilla glass may be tough and damage resistant, but, it cannot withstand the onslaught of a young Lab exercising his chewing instinct.  He shattered the gorilla glass in the lower right corner and it sent spiderweb cracks through the rest of the device.

3. I have liked the  Zagg Invisible Shield and recommended it for some time.  I put one of them on the iPad before giving it to my wife.  Although the shield could not protect the iPad from the Lab’s jaws, it did accomplish two very important things.  First, it held all the gorilla glass shards in place so that the dog’s mouth did not get cut and neither did my wife’s hands when she picked up the iPad to assess its condition.  Second, it held everything in place, allowing the iPad to continue to work over the weekend, until my wife could get to the local Apple Store and talk to the Genius people. Interestingly, while the cracks in the gorilla glass allowed air to get in and cause some bubbling o the Invisible Shield, I did not detect any teeth marks on it when I examined it.  I didn’t see Buck attacking the iPad, so I don’t know if that results from something intrinsic to the Shield or from the fact that the iPad cover was closed and he put enough pressure on the outside cover to shatter the gorilla glass display.

4.  While I do not normally think that the extra warranty protection that computer and other electronics manufacturers offer are particularly good investments,  I have made it a practice to recognize that highly mobile devices like iPads and iPhones are more likely to suffer damage than other devices.  As a result, I have purchased the extra protection from Apple for my iPads and iPhones.  My wife took the iPad to the local Apple Store this morning and came back an hour later with a new iPad.  They charged her $49 for the exchange.  All in all, I think that is a pretty fair deal.  Kudos to Apple customer service.  They got that one right!

 

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Sun, April 24th, 2011 by Graves and Allen

GPSolo TECHNOLOGY & PRACTICE GUIDE POSTED ON LINE

The GPSolo Division of the ABA recently posted the December 2010 issue of its GPSolo magazine on line.  The December issue focuses on technology;  you can access it at http://www.americanbar.org/content/newsletter/publications/gp_solo_magazine_home/gp_solo_ magazine_index/2010_dec_index.html.  It includes the following articles and columns.

GP1210 lg - GPSolo TECHNOLOGY & PRACTICE GUIDE POSTED ON LINE

Features
Document Management: Go Green, Save Green »
by Shell Haffner

In Search of a Paperless Office »

by J. Anthony Vittal and Yvonne M. Renfrew

The Virtual Law Office: Engineered for Efficiency »
by Joseph Kashi

Is Cloud Computing Green Computing? »
by Jack Newton

Disposing of E-waste »
by Andrea Cannavina

Why Pay More? Buying Refurbished Office Equipment »
by Wells H. Anderson

Green Efficiency Tips »

2010 Techno-Gift Guide »
by Jeffrey Allen

Columns
ROAD WARRIOR

by Jeffrey Allen
Data Security in a Mobile World  »
THE CHAIR’S CORNER
by Joseph A. DeWoskin
Bein’ Green  »
GENERAL PRACTICE, SOLO AND SMALL FIRM DIVISION NEWS
“Shaping Our Future” Membership Questionnaire; Law Student Mentoring Program; ABA Midyear Meeting Details; GPSolo Division Spring Meeting Info  »
PRODUCT REVIEW
by Jeffrey Allen
West Case Notebook  »
PRODUCT REVIEW
by J. Anthony Vittal
WordPerfect Office X5  »
PRODUCT REVIEW
by Jared D. Correia
Credenza  »
BEING SOLO
by David Leffler
Credit Card Processing for Solos  »
TECHNO ETHICS
by James Ellis Arden
Good for the Planet, Bad for Your Ethics?  »
SITES FOR SORE EYES
by Jim Calloway and Courtney Kennaday
Websites for the New Year  »
MAC USER
by Victoria L. Herring
My Working iVacation  »

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