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PCLaw 13, and the soon to be released version 14, make billing by email easier than ever! They vastly improve the functionality of sending bills and statements via email. Billing by email saves your firm, time, resources and lowers the cost of maintenance on printers, toner and postage. In 2014, very few clients should have issue with receiving bills from your firm via E-Mail. In fact, if you ask your clients, this writer surmises that many would prefer to receive bills in PDF format by email alleviating the task of receiving traditional “snail mail” from your firm only to have to scan the paper in upon receipt by the client. Emailing a PDF is efficient, time-saving, and cost effective.

In a recent post, we suggested that you need not settle for the often crummy wireless performance of the combo modem/router supplied by your Internet Service Provider. Have your ISP put their device into Bridge Mode (with many ISP's this will require a bit of persistence and patience) and connect your own higher-performance router to the ISP's modem/router combo. OK, so now you have great wireless performance, but lousy wireless security. How do you lock down your wireless network?

Many Internet Service Providers (ISP's) such as telephone and cable companies now provide you with an all-in-one device that is both a modem and a wireless router. That might seem very convenient, and it is, but performance and features are often several levels below what you can get with your own wireless router. If your home or office is large, or if you have a lot of users connecting simultaneously, buying your own router may substantially improve the speed and reliability of the Internet connection for all of your devices.

Since its introduction three years ago, Microsoft's subscription-based version of MS Office, Office 365, has been a good value for family use and for small businesses like law firms. But it has not been particularly well marketed.

Summer is travel season. Whether you are on the road for business of pleasure, you are likely to pack several gadgets, all of which need to be charged. This might include your cell phone, iPad, Bluetooth headset, digital camera, etc. How do you keep everything charged and ready to use?

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