Thursday, January 13, 2005

InfoWorld: Google Appliance goes Mini: January 12, 2005: By Cathleen Moore : APPLICATION_DEVELOPMENT : APPLICATIONS : DATA_MANAGEMENT
InfoWorld: Google Appliance goes Mini: January 12, 2005: By Cathleen Moore - "Google Mini leverages the same technology as the larger appliance but is limited in search capacity to 50,000 documents. The hardware and software appliance is sold exclusively online, priced at $4,995, which is a fraction of the cost of the larger capacity appliance versions. "
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NewsForge | A personal desktop back-up solution
NewsForge | A personal desktop back-up solution - "A hard drive crash over the holidays left me scrambling to get back to a productive desktop as quickly as possible. Luckily, I had my /home partition on a separate drive, so I didn't lose precious email, stories, research, and pictures. But it did get me thinking about my lack of preparedness. Where was the back-up system I've talked about for years, but never acquired? This is the tale of how I rectified that glaring omission, and built myself a personal back-up system using inexpensive parts and free software."
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Ga. Evolution Stickers Ordered Removed (AP). AP - A federal judge on Thursday ordered the removal of stickers placed in high school biology textbooks that call evolution "a theory, not a fact," saying they were an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. [Yahoo! News: Top Stories]

OT, but just down the road.  The Cobb County argument that the stickers were not motivated by religious belief was disingenuous at best.

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Wherein I flog the blog pony once again

I posted the following to the teknoids list this AM.  Thought I'd put it here to in case anyone else is interested. 

OK, so everyone knows[1] that I think every law school needs a blog, and every department needs a blog, and I'll even come to your house to set them up.  Not everyone shares my enthusiasm, but hey, I understand. For the unenthusiastic or those looking for a handle on the idea of introducing blogging in your org, I recommend This article, a blog post actually, by Chris Locke (author of 'Cluetrain Manifesto' among other things)looks at "corporate blogging" and what it can really accomplish.  Can you say "unleash your inner blogger".

So, how's this apply to law schools?  Good question.  Think about this.  Give your Associate/Assistant Dean for Admissions/Career/Students/Academics/IT a blog.  Make it free from the 'look-n-feel' constraints we've all worked so hard to enforce over the past few years, free from any but the broadest editorial control (calling the Dean a tree killin' weasel is still a bad idea regardless of the medium), free from time and place restrictions in posting, and then see what happens.  Better yet give this sort of space to the staff with a goal of increasing transparency and communication flow.  Anyone interested in experimenting?  Does this sound like a really bad idea?

The key thing here is to think about how to engage the students, staff, and faculty in a conversation about law school, legal education, and becoming lawyers.  We should be looking at using the available technology to grease these gears.  I recommended blogs for everyone at my recent presentation to the AALS Student Services section.  The reaction: genuine interest.  These folks where very open to looking at tools that would engage students. So all we need to do in unleash those tools.

Is anyone doing blogging or making blogging tools available to folks at your school?  Or at your organization for those not in academia?

Let me know what you think.


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