Easily Extract Emails from Files & URLs

Windows only, but still pretty sweet. This little bit of freeware, aptly called Easy Email Extractor, allows you to extract email addresses from files, folders and URLs. Point it at your hard disk and you will get every email address on there! The program allows you to add a button to the SendTo menu and exclude emails that contain specific words. Just great for finding long, “lost” email addresses on your storage systems.

H/T to Lifehacker.


Google+ Business Pages, Because You Can

Been meaning to hit this topic for a few weeks now and finally getting around to it. About a month or so ago, Google opened up Google+ to business pages. Now, you can create a page for your business, or any interest really, with a few quick, easy clicks. I made mine in, oh, about 2 to 3 minutes, tops.

Make sure you have a Gmail account. Got one? Good. Now head on over to http://plus.google.com/pages/create and select the option to create a page. You will then be guided through the process by a set-up wizard. First, classify your type of business and, if you can’t figure it out, you do have an “other” option. It will then ask you for some information, such as the name of the page, the URL for your business, the category of the business and the appropriate audience for your page.

Come up with a tagline and image for the page’s public profile and your page is created. There is a nifty photo editor for your profile pic, so you can get the image just right.

Start filling your page with good content, much like you would with a Facebook business page.

You will be given an option via drop down arrow over on the left side near the profile pic to select whether you are acting as yourself the individual or yourself the business page on Google+, again, much like your Facebook business page. Except I found the entire process easier and far more intuitive than the process of setting up the Facebook page. So there’s that.

There have been some complaints about Google+ business pages and the obvious comparison to Facebook’s offering (hit the link here for a decent point by point). But I don’t think it is a fair comparison at all. Facebook pages, originally fan pages (remember when you would ask someone to “fan” you?) have been around for four+ years. Google’s business pages have been out for a few weeks. One of the complaints – the inability to have more than one page administrator – is apparently in the process of being addressed as you read this. I rather like the slick looks of the Google+ page and its functionality and I see absolutely NO reason at all not to create one for your business or promotional interests. Even if you don’t devote a large segment of your time to it at this stage of your game, you can reserve your spot and start testing the waters. That way, your business base on Google+  is there when you need it and, as I suspect, + pages  will only get better.

So, why not? Because you can, of course. Check out AdvantageAdvocate’s page right here. And here is a G+ page to find all G+ pages, if you’re interested. Add them to a circle to follow updates and interact, just as you would on Facebook.

Lesson Learned: Part II

More lessons: a few months ago, I was brought into a lawsuit alleging defamation based on a blog post I wrote about another attorney’s mishaps during a murder trial. A few weeks ago, after a lot of soul searching, I published another post about the attorney with my thoughts about my own part in it and aspects of the matter that bothered me.

I have a few more thoughts.

Initially, the part that bothered me most was that the attorney, Joseph Rakofsky, was said to have committed his errors, was skewered across the blogosphere and in mainstream publications (I was one of those doing the skewering), filed his lawsuit claiming defamation, and then was subject to even more ridicule for availing himself of legal process. My sense is that Rakofsky engaged in the course of action dictated by our legal system. Won’t the court decide if there is merit to his points? Why should any complain if they are brought into court? Sure it causes aggravation, but if legal harm has been committed, it will be sussed out. So will innocence, or non-liability in the case of a civil matter. End of story.

There is something new that bothers me – the nastiness continues, settling defendants are mocked, and attorneys that have spoken out against the majority  have taken a beating. I really don’t understand this. Freedom of speech, sure, but the ill will across the Internet seems excessive, and the fact that sympathetic attorneys and settling defendants are falling under the knife is even more disturbing. Why is this happening?

Maybe the Internet is a magnification of the behavior often seen on the playground. Do we need new limits or rules of engagement on the Web to keep the level of discourse on the up and up?  Maybe it’s time to self-police.

There is no legal edict against public criticism, other than the limitations imposed by the limits of civil and criminal liability.  But there may be other limits absent in the post-lawsuit discourse, including concern for another person’s livelihood, deference to our legal process, common sense about when to leave well enough alone. Could there be any positive motive behind this? Should we be concerned about the chilling effect on the speech of those who may feel differently? I know of spectators that have opinions different from those expressed by the most vocal, but they aren’t talking. Why? Are they cowards or just protecting their interests and exercising common sense?

At this point, the matter seems more about tearing things down rather than building things up. And I fail to see the point of that. Protecting First Amendment rights by calling people names? Really?

Hot Dog! Advocate's Studio Nominated For ABA Blawg 100!

Well, whaddya know? My little piece of the Web got nominated for an AWARD.  I got an email from the American Bar Association that someone actually nominated Advocate’s Studio for inclusion on the ABA’s Blawg 100 – and it got a few votes! And, as far as I can tell, it wasn’t me, my friends or family doing the voting! Woot! If you head over to the link above and register, you can vote for it too!

The blog is listed in the ABA’s Legal Technology category, which is fitting since comparative religions and philosophy isn’t what I am writing about here. I am all about making the job faster, easier and more fun with technology. I have to admit, it makes me quite happy to see that someone is reading my blog. While I do write for the sheer pleasure of doing so – I really love digging up tech tips, tricks, new tools and applications and reporting on them here – it is always great to get some positive feedback.

My blog has come a long way from its humble origins on WordPress.com in early 2008. I had a lot to learn, and find I am still learning. Lots. Shortly after I started blogging, I read on the Web that other professionals were concerned that there were no blogging women lawyers out there. I found this interesting – my decision to blog was a direct result of finding some particularly fantastic female bloggers in the space (Susan Cartier Liebel, Nicole Black and Carolyn Elefant, to name a few) and getting inspired to try it myself (here is the blog post I wrote in response to C.C. Holland’s inability to find us). And I haven’t always been kind to the ABA in connection with the Blawg 100 – last year I did criticize the process due to the lack of female representation in the tech category in particular (here is my mini rant on that one). I am happy to say that there are now three women-operated blogs in the tech category – 33 1/3% of those listed. That’s progress. Last year, less than 10% were represented across the Blawg 100’s entire list. But lets not stop there – we still have some ground to cover.

But much like an actor dissing the Oscars until being awarded one of the golden statues, bottom line is, here I am, grateful for the honor. I am going to keep on writing as long as I can, and your readership and interest help keep it all going.

Oh, and thanks to mom and dad for the unending support and encouragement, my dear husband who periodically needs to retrieve me from tech hell, and my kids who, despite the fact they have no idea what I am doing typing away furiously on the computer, think it is pretty cool anyway.

Peace out. 🙂




Now You're REALLY Searching With Google!

Yeah, you know there are all sorts of tweaks and tips and operators for searching Google’s depths, but you don’t really have them right at your fingertips when you need them, so you punt. Well, punt no more! Just print out this super cool infographic from Hackcollege, blow it up poster size and stick it on the wall within site of your keyboard. Happy Searching! HT to Lifehacker: