More Google-y Goodness For Your Searching Pleasure

ABA Law Technology Resource Center reports on new Google features to make your searching easier to perform and more effective. Here is the quoted text from the ABA entry in full:

New Search Results

Google quietly rolled out “universal search” results on the main Google search results page. Now video results from their recent acquisition YouTube, as well as images, books, blog posts, news, and local information will appear in the main results set, as opposed to only appearing in their individual search pages. Another change is in the options for each result. In the past users could choose to see “similar pages” and “cached pages”. Now, appears the option to “Note This”. This option leads the user to the new Google Notes, a concept similar to eSnips or Furl. If you like having all your services in one Google basket you should check this out. 

The new search results are bound to change ranking status for some companies, and will cause a scramble to get to the top spot for those in the search engine optimization business.

Still Playing with Search

Google is also experimenting with a new user interface with a site called “SearchMash”. The Google brand is nowhere to be found, but most things look familiar. A dead giveaway is if you explore the privacy policy very far you will find yourself in the Google privacy policy. The new interface is very similar to some of the metasearch engines like Clusty and Vivisimo (in looks only), and shows a main results set with the option to expand subsearch sets in images, blogs, videos, and Wikipedia. The handy  Google feature “search this site” has been retooled as well. Now you can drill into a site for your original query simply by clicking on the domain in the results set – no retyping or trying to remember the syntax to search within a site. It has a lot of potential and it should be interesting to see where this will go. For now, just enjoy the BETA

Defender of the Universe?

According to some sources Google is readying to police the web, automatically identifying compromised sites that could carry malware and drive-by downloads by marking the sites in the search results as “potentially harmful”. The interesting part here is the treatment of Web 2.0 sites, and how Google will attempt to discovery malware in a site, such as a blog, that has constantly changing content. Google security specialist Niels Provos, along with four of his Google colleagues, has written a paper “The Ghost in the Browser” discussing Google’s plans to incorporate security analysis into its index.  The Google researchers reviewed 4.5 million Web sites and found that about one in 10 Web pages could successfully “drive-by download” a Trojan horse virus onto a visitor’s computer.

For those who would like to be warned of potential malware on websites right now, McAfee’s SiteAdvisor offers some help, and shows site ratings for search results in MSN, Google, and Yahoo!

Happy Hunting!

Your Own Personal Writing Cattle Prod

Ever have writer’s block the night before you need to get that 10 page reply brief to the courthouse? Are you struggling with your NaNoWriMo masterpiece? Have I got the “shot in the arm” for you!

Lifehacker broke this little webapp that provides the perfect impetus for writing. Called “Write or Die“, the box provides space for text entry, settings for word length and writing time and “reminder” levels for when you slow down or stray. The latter includes settings for “gentle”, “normal”, “kamikaze” and “electric shock.” And the app makes it hard to lose your punishment-induced work: when you try to close the window, the app asks whether you want to save your text to your clipboard.

The box looks like this:

write_or_die

Now, GET WRITING!!!!!!!

Study: BlackBerry has twice failure rate of iPhone | Latest Wireless News – CNET News

Well, now, looky here! Those who have been reading Advocates Studio may know about my personal quest for a new smartphone. I have been using a Palm Treo 750 and a Blackberry Curve. I have been leaning towards another Palm or Blackberry and have been leaning away from the iPhone due to my impression (prejudice) that the iPhone is chock full of “shiny” but a bit short on business muscle.

But perhaps I now can justify the shiny. CNET is reporting that the iPhone has half the failure rate of RIM’s Blackberry and about a third the failure rate of Palm’s products during the first year of use. Hit the jump for the specifics of the study fueling the report. Below is a copy of the chart from the CNET site:

FailureRate And, to make matters worse, Apple has now overtaken RIM in smartphone sales, assuming the number two position.

Oooh. I’m getting closer to an iPhone. Be still, my shiny lovin’ heart!

Study: BlackBerry has twice failure rate of iPhone | Latest Wireless News – CNET News

Study: BlackBerry has twice failure rate of iPhone | Latest Wireless News – CNET News

Well, now, looky here! Those who have been reading Advocates Studio may know about my personal quest for a new smartphone. I have been using a Palm Treo 750 and a Blackberry Curve. I have been leaning towards another Palm or Blackberry and have been leaning away from the iPhone due to my impression (prejudice) that the iPhone is chock full of “shiny” but a bit short on business muscle.

But perhaps I now can justify the shiny. CNET is reporting that the iPhone has half the failure rate of RIM’s Blackberry and about a third the failure rate of Palm’s products during the first year of use. Hit the jump for the specifics of the study fueling the report. Below is a copy of the chart from the CNET site:

FailureRate And, to make matters worse, Apple has now overtaken RIM in smartphone sales, assuming the number two position.

Oooh. I’m getting closer to an iPhone. Be still, my shiny lovin’ heart!

Study: BlackBerry has twice failure rate of iPhone | Latest Wireless News – CNET News

The End of Lawyers???????

Could it be? The end of lawyers? How is it possible? Paul Lippe over at AmLaw Daily relays an interview with Richard Susskind about his new book The End of Lawyers? (Oxford University Press, Dec. 2008). Susskind previously predicted that e-mail would become the primary method of communication between lawyers and clients and that the Web would become the first stop for lawyers undertaking research. Both true. The title of his new book reveals a more dire revelation. So, how does this bode for lawyers interested in self-preservation?

According to Susskind, not poorly if lawyers are willing to open their minds to new business models. Susskind believes that lawyers that “respond creatively and forcefully to [the] impending demand” of economic crisis and pressure for more work at lower rates will do fine.

It doesn’t seem that far a stretch to understand that lawyers, as a profession, must evolve or be left behind. Take a look at what is happening on-line and its impact on real world lawyering and you will see where the future of lawyering lies. On-line connections and relationships are fueling off-line business at an increasing rate. Availing themselves of the wealth of information available on the Internet, potential clients have a greater sense of the “nuts and bolts” of the practice of law and will look for cost-effective ways to secure services, including a la carte options and outsourcing. Oh, I get it now. Perhaps Susskind is not so prescient after all!

Web Publishing: Tabbloid Turns Your RSS Feed into a Newspaper

Here’s one for the multi-taskers: take your RSS feed and turn it into a PDF newspaper in one easy step. The Tabbloid service is free, requires no registration and can handle one or more RSS feeds at the same time. The PDF can be created immediately or saved for future delivery.

What is so cool about this? Turn your own blawg’s RSS feed into a PDF document formatted like a newsletter for email delivery to your clients. Or, merge some of your favorite feeds to make a custom created news magazine. If you have multiple new sources or blogs, this is a nice way to condense them into a single reading space. Great tool with lots of different results!

Web Publishing: Tabbloid Turns Your RSS Feed into a Newspaper

I'm Foxy!

firefox Finally! I made the switch from IE7 to Mozilla Firefox 3. Hot damn! It is amazing how customizable it is. Go on, try it yourself.

I’m Foxy!

firefox Finally! I made the switch from IE7 to Mozilla Firefox 3. Hot damn! It is amazing how customizable it is. Go on, try it yourself.

Free On-Line Access to National Labor Relations Board Briefs and Motions

Hat tip to the Adjunct Law Professors Blog, the NLRB is now posting its appellate briefs and motions on-line. From the site:

After the Board issues a decision and final order in a contested unfair labor practice case, any person aggrieved may seek review of the final order, and the Board may seek enforcement of its order, in an appropriate United States Court of Appeals. The General Counsel represents the Board in the Court of Appeals. The briefs and occasional motions filed by the General Counsel in support of the Board’s orders are listed chronologically by filing date.

Nice to see what the NLRB is arguing these days.

Writing: Memiary Records Your Daily Top Five

I have heard writing coaches encourage their students to commit to writing in a journal every day to improve their writing skills. I am not sure this is what they had in mind. But, if you love Twitter and love to record your day in tiny bites, check out Memiary. Sign up for the service and then begin entering five events in your day in short Twitter-esqe style. Then, at a later time, search by day or show entries for set periods of time. Instant diary, no tiny key combination required.

Writing: Memiary Records Your Daily Top Five