Category Archives: Software

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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Sun, September 14th, 2014 by Graves and Allen

Samsung Galaxy S5

I recently bit the bullet and upgraded my Galaxy S4 to the newer S5. I have my Galaxy phones on a Verizon service plan and got the phone through Verizon. I have had the phone for about a week and it has impressed me positively. I like it better than the S4 and appreciate the faster speed and longer battery life between charges. While I like the S5 better than the S4, in reality they offer largely similar features and capabilities. I chose to upgrade as Verizon made me a very good deal on the upgrade package and because I wanted to compare the two phones. If it had not been for the special pricing, I would likely not have done it. In terms of recommendations, I have no hesitation in recommending the S5 as an outstanding piece of hardware. I would recommend it without hesitation to anyone wanting a new Android phone. If you already have a Galaxy S4, however, unless you get a very special deal on the upgrade pricing, it may not be worth the cost of upgrading to you.

I got a 16 GB S5 and immediately added a 128 GB Micro SD card to it. Although larger configurations of built-in memory are supposedly available, Verizon does not have them and, when I checked other providers, could not find any of the major providers offering a larger memory configuration. While the SD card memory works fine for media, it does not work for all Apps (you can move some Apps to the SD card and use that memory for them, but not all Apps work from the SD card).

The size and weight of the two devices is very similar, with the S5 being a trifle larger and a bit heavier. The S4 weighs in at 130 g and measures 70 x 137 x 7.9 mm, while the S5 weighs 145 g and measures of 73 x 142 x 8.1. The S5 sports a battery-saving 5.1” super AMOLED touch screen. The display is bright, clear, and sharp.

The Galaxy S5 has a 16-megapixel primary UHD camera that will take full HD video at 30 frames per second) and a 2-megapixel secondary camera for video conferencing.

The S5 comes with very fast quad-core processors. The larger size of the S5 also allows it to pack a larger battery. That, in combination with the low power demands of the Super AMOLED display allows the S5 a longer time between charges.

The Galaxy S5 comes in your choice of white, black or gold. I got the gold and like its looks very much. The overall appearance of the phone is excellent and it appears to be well and solidly made. I consider the hardware package superior to Apples iPhone 5s, although I still prefer the iOS to the Android OS, as I consider it easier to work with and more flexible. While the Google Play Store has shown substantial improvements recently, it still does not match up to the Apple iTunes Store, especially in the category of Apps (I consider the two very comparable when it comes to other media). On the hardware front, the real question will be the comparison of the Galaxy S5 to the iPhone 6/6 Plus.
Photo of a Samsung Phone

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Thu, June 12th, 2014 by Graves and Allen

Not So Smart File Examiner

Some time ago I downloaded an Mac App from the App Store called “Smart File Examiner”.  It billed itself as a program to help you check out files. I thought it was a good idea at first, but after installing it, I had some second thoughts.  For reasons not yet determined, when I tried to open a file (not within the program), with some files, the program intercepted the opening of the file, prohibited it and send mer a message saying that it could not figure out that type of file.

That the program could not figure out some files did not trouble me.  What concerned me was that it appeared to be insinuating itself into all files I tried to open and not letting me open some files that I chose to open.  I found that somewhat curious as it was not listed in the files that open automatically on launch and I had not opened it.  When I tried to turn it off, I discovered that the computer did not seem to know it was open (it did not appear in the Dock or in the list of open files brought up by “Force Quit”.  My next idea was to throw the program out, but as it was open, the OS would not let me dispose of it.

Ultimately, I figured out that the way to dispose of it would be to reboot into “Safe” mode (hold the shift key down while you boot up).  That prevented the program from opening and allowed me to trash it.  So far, so good.  To my surprise, however, I was not done with the problems caused by the program.  When I rebooted the computer, the finder would repeatedly flash on and off, making it impossible to work.  I solved that problem by reinstalling OS X on the computer.  Just to make sure that it was not a computer specific problem, I booted another Mac up in Safe mode and tossed out the Smart File Examiner.  When I rebooted the second Mac, lo and behold, the finder would flash on and off, making it impossible to do any work.  After reinstalling the system on the second Mac, I decided to do a little research and found that I was not the only person having issues with this particular App.  Although I did not find anything about the Finder issue I experienced, I found  a number of people who had experienced the initial issues I had with Smart File Examiner.  Maybe they never got to the Finder problem because most of the posts I read were from people looking for ways to delete the program.

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