Archive for the “Technology” category

The need for technological competence

By Nick Holmes on October 10, 2016

My latest post on Internet Newsletter for Lawyers: Across the pond, in 2012, the American Bar Association formally approved a change to their Model Rules of Professional Conduct to make clear that lawyers have a duty to be competent not (…)

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Do lawyers need to be digitally competent?

By Nick Holmes on November 21, 2014

Reblogged from Legal Web Watch November 2014. I ask this because I have been looking into the future for CPD in the two professions. Both are moving away from measuring CPD hours towards systems based on self-certified continuing competence. The (…)

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What do you want to do with technology?

By Nick Holmes on March 5, 2014

Long ago, circa 1985, colleagues, friends and family used to think I was interested in technology because I used a PC in my work and they did not. I was not interested in technology. I was interested in how technology (…)

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This was the entire web 20 years ago

By Nick Holmes on May 1, 2013

More about Info.cern.ch – the world’s first website.

The hype cycle

By Nick Holmes on November 8, 2010

Image: neweurasia.net Apropos my social meeja blues I consulted the web. Turns out I can plot my disillusionment on Gartner’s hype cycle representing the maturity, adoption and social application of specific technologies. Gartner now reckons microblogging is somewhat past the (…)

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Will lawyers always be tech laggards?

By Nick Holmes on September 18, 2008

Simon Fodden on Slaw writes that the 2008 ABA Legal Technology Survey reports that most attorneys stay current via websites and email newsletters; only a small minority reads blogs, and blogging is seen as geeky; RSS feeds are not used (…)

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The Big Switch

By Nick Holmes on February 8, 2008

More scary stuff. Just 100 years ago larger businesses generated their own electricity. The subsequent development of the electricity grid, delivering electricity as a commodity, profoundly changed business and society. In the same way, argues Nick Carr in The Big (…)

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Pimp your own ride

By Nick Holmes on January 10, 2008

Steve Matthews believes there will be a big increase soon in the use of blog software to build websites. Agreed. I’ve already said a lot about the benefits of blogging for networking and raising profile. You may not be convinced; (…)

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Does IT matter?

By Nick Holmes on May 3, 2007

First published May 2007 in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. “Does IT Matter?” is the title of a controversial 2003 article in the Harvard Business Review by technology writer Nicholas Carr and also of his follow-up book in 2004 which (…)

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Does IT matter?

By Nick Holmes on March 20, 2007

Nicholas Carr’s article IT Doesn’t Matter, originally published in the Harvard Business Review in May 2003 and reproduced on his Rough Type blog, caused quite a stir. His argument, expanded in the 2004 book Does IT Matter?, can be summarised (…)

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What exactly is Web 2.0?

By Nick Holmes on March 5, 2007

The expression “Web 2.0” is much in vogue and I am as guilty as anyone in bandying the 2.0 tag about. But what’s it all about? One of the more helpful explanations of Web 2.0 I have come across is (…)

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IT-itis

By Nick Holmes on January 25, 2007

There I am banging on about losing the I from IT, when it seems IT is losing the plot altogether. LegalIT, from LegalWeek has disappeared; the nearest equivalent on the new LegalWeek site is the Management & IT section. The (…)

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No IT please, we’re all on e

By Nick Holmes on January 25, 2007

What is technology is as much defined by our attitude as by the innovations themselves. This is well illustrated by Douglas Adams, in a prescient and apparently famous article in the Sunday Times in 1999 on How to Stop Worrying (…)

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Holiday reading?

By Nick Holmes on July 13, 2006

Probably not in there with your Dan Browns, but here’s a some webby books I’ve read recently or plan to (listed oldest first). You could do worse than feed your brain with one of them this Summer. Code: And Other (…)

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No, Stelios doesn’t own “orange”

By Nick Holmes on June 28, 2006

Charles Christian of the Orange Rag (Legal Technology Insider) is blogging. Welcome to the blogosphere.