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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, April 24th, 2011 by Graves and Allen


I have been using Dropbox for some time now.  The program installs very easily and works very well.  I have used it to synchronize information among several computers in different locations.  It also syncs information to an iPhone, an Internet connected iPod Touch and an Internet connected iPad.  Loading information  into Dropbox takes no effort, after you have installed Dropbox on your computer, it will place a Dropbox folder for your use.  Simply drag and drop the files you want to sync into the Dropbox folder and Dropbox will  automatically upload them to its server (assuming your computer is on line).  If your computer is not on line, Dropbox will upload the files the next time the computer is on line. All of your other devices will also sync automatically if they are on line or, if not, the next time that they go on line.

You can sign up for Dropbox at www.dropbox.com.  They give you a 2GB account free.  If you need more space, you can upgrade to a 50GB account for $9.99 per month or $99 per year.  You can also upgrade to a 100GB account if you need even more space.  The 100GB account costs $19.99 per month or $199 per year.

You can also use Dropbox to share files by setting up a folder for sharing and then putting the information you want to share in it.  You provide the email addresses of those who you want to have access the the files and Dropbox notifies them of the shared folder and tells them how to access it.  When they do, if they also set up their own Dropbox account, you get some additional free space added to your account.

Dropbox  lives in the clouds and works equally well with the Mac OS and Windows.

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Tue, November 10th, 2009 by Graves and Allen

WINDOWS 7– New OS, Same Old Story

Well, I bought a copy of Windows 7 Professional. I installed it (eventually) over a functional Vista installation on my Lenovo laptop. Before installing it, I ran all the tests that Microsoft set up about compatibility. The computer passed with flying colors. I started the installation…… A problem, the computer needed more space; I deleted some information from my hard drive to allow more space. Eventually, the installation succeeded and I had Windows 7 on the computer.

Initially, I reacted favorably to Windows 7. It appeared to run better than Vista and, in fact appeared to take less space on the hard drive than Vista. The computer seemed to run a bit faster on Windows 7. I was beginning to think that Microsoft actually did it this time, then it happened…… I put a CD into my DVD drive, so that I could reinstall some of the information I had deleted to allow Windows 7 to install itself on my computer. Nothing happened. I checked to see if the Windows system recognized the drive properly and discovered it did not. I dropped the drive fro the system and rebooted. This time, I saw the notice from Windows that it did not like the driver for the disk drive and blocked it. It told me that I needed an updated driver. I contacted Lenovo and they knew nothing about it. I checked the manufacturer’s web site and Microsoft’s website. I even did a full Internet search. No new driver existed.

So, I have a Lenovo laptop with Windows 7 and no DVD drive. I had hoped that Microsoft had finally done it right, but it seems that it is the same old stuff. Interestingly, when I installed Vista over XP, I had no such issues, although I know of others that did and I have had such issues with Microsoft in the past.

As it does appear that Windows 7 has the potential to be better than both XP and Vista, I will likely install it on other computers one day. Maybe the day after new drivers become available to enable me to use my DVD drive again. In the mean time, as it is clear that the compatibility tests do not do their job properly, I would delay installing Windows 7 on an existing computer for a while. It is apparently not a safe thing to do. If I were in the market for a new computer running Windows, however, I would likely not object to receiving it with Windows 7.

Copyright 2009, Jeffrey Allen.  All rights reserved.

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