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A post last month announcing the availabilility of Sony's Digital Paper device featuring an e-ink screen got me thinking about whether a Kindle Paperwhite, generally viewed as the best e-ink device on the market, could be used by lawyers to read practice-related documents. The answer is yes, with a couple of caveats.

Many Microsoft Office users save their Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations only to the local hard drive on their computer. While this may create the illusion of safety and security, it can put your files at risk, particularly if your local hard drive is, like many, not adequately backed-up. In many law firm settings, MS Office is configured to save your files to a drive on the firm's server. While that may be more secure that the local hard drive on your PC, a flood, fire, or theft at the office could also destroy those files.

Whether you are the victim of a hurricane or a busted water pipe in the office suite above your server room, having a plan for protecting your business assets, and for recovery from the disaster, is critical to your business.

This month, we will highlight products and services that don't just put you back in business after a disaster, but keep you IN business! From Cloud based network infrastructure and Cloud based software, to full service recovery solutions that include power, office space, computer and communication systems, you will learn what to consider as you put together your firm's disaster recovery plan.

There is a lot more to Chromebooks than meets the eye. It is more than just a web browser in laptop form. Although it shines when on-line, there are many functions that work off-line. And many varieties of Linux can be installed to run side-by-side with Chrome OS to provide a full desktop operating system to rival Windows and Mac OS X. See my previous post on this.

The new larger Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is more a laptop than a tablet already with a nice complement of ports for connection to desktop peripherals. But if you have one of the "lesser" Windows 8.1 tablets, most of which are powered by an Intel "Bay Trail" Atom processor, you can transform it into a servicable, if not particularly speedy, desktop computer. This can be handy for use in your home or satellite office when you are not on the road using the tablet as a mobile device.

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