The dog days of summer are upon us, so what better excuse for a quick distraction. Law Technology News asked 12 tech-savvy legal professionals, all members of our Editorial Advisory Board, what their next electronic purchase would be. Surprisingly, none of them said “air conditioner.”
1. Not all electronic devices produce heat — at least not where Orlando’s Adam Losey is concerned. The Foley & Lardner associate says that he’s looking to buy an aquarium computer from Puget Systems. The online store sells “do it yourself” kits for computer enthusiasts who wish to submerge their computers inside aquariums that pump mineral oil through an external radiator. The kits include a fish tank, a radiator, pumps, and a mounting device for your computer hardware.
“We design these mostly as fun projects,” says Richard Millard, general manager at Puget Systems. “It’s unique look is the main feature, and it’s great ice breaker.”
Millard says Puget has an aquarium computer in its front lobby, and it’s been running well for four-to-five years.
“It’s pretty much all for aesthetics, although the oil does a good job of cooling,” says Losey. “I am a hobbyist computer builder so this is more a fun thing than anything else.”
2. Cooling off his computers is the last thing on attorney George Socha’s mind.
“I recently replaced my main work machine with a new Macbook Pro. It’s a great machine, and I want to get the Apple Thunderbolt Display to go with it,” says St. Paul’s Socha, of Socha Consulting, whose workstation contains six monitors hooked up to three computers.
He says the 27-inch Thunderbolt Display, which has a hardware interface that supports high definition graphics and high speed devices, would make a great addition to already crowded desktop.
“I’d say it’s on the wishlist right now, since it’s a little soon to pay for it after buying the Macbook.”
3. Also looking for a monitor, albeit on a smaller scale, is Norton Rose Fulbright partner David Kessler. The New Yorker is looking to buy a mobile monitor from AOC.
“It runs on a USB cord straight from my laptop. It’s light (weighs about as much as my iPad) and allows me to be even more efficient on the road.”
4. What do you get the person who, seemingly, has everything (gadget wise)? How about an all-in-one charging station? Buffalo, N.Y.-based John Jablonski of Goldberg Segalla has his eyes on one from AviiQ.
“I literally carry a mobile office in my carry-on,” says Jablonski. “Now I get to carry all the power cords in a compact and easy to use case! Pinch me.”
5. David Whelan can do the pinching, because his hands will now be completely free while he’s on the computer.
“My next acquisition is the Leap Motion Controller, which I ordered in January and am expecting this month,” says Whelan of the Law Society of Upper Canada in Toronto.
“The controller is supposed to allow you to use your hands to manage your computer without operating a device, like a mouse or keyboard.”
6. Consultant Jeffrey Brandt, meanwhile, is in the market for a hybrid cloud device like the Transporter peer-to-peer cloud storage device from Connected Data, Inc.
“I don’t necessarily want to go with a public cloud because of security reasons,” says Brandt, based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
“One neat thing about the Transporter is that I can sync it with my computer, take one [unit] and pop it up in my mom’s house in Pennsylvania. I’d have my own disaster recovery center and my own personal cloud of convenience without having to deal with public access points.”
7. Some professionals are looking at new tech for their law firms. Judith Flournoy CIO of Kelley, Drye & Warren says her firm is looking at Fusion IO NexGen storage to support the firm’s virtualized desktop infrastructure.
“We are about to begin a ‘proof of concept’ and if the performance equals what we are told it will, it will replace our existing SAN platform for VDI.”
8. John Roman, IT director at Nixon Peabody is in the process of adding unified collaboration tools, such as instant messaging, web conferencing, desktop sharing and video conferencing to the firm’s infrastructure.
“The two UC tools under consideration are Cisco’s Jabber and Microsoft’s Lync products,” says Roman. “Both are ‘computing agnostic’ — capable of running on PCs, notebooks, tablet computers, Blackberrys, iPhones, or Android devices.”
9. Some lawyers are looking to break in recently purchased devices. Michael Kraft, general counsel at Kraft & Kennedy Inc., raves about his new Surface Pro.
“I think lawyers are going to love it,” says Kraft. “There’s no problem with Adobe. It’s very fast- the ramp up time is amazing.”
10. DLA Piper senior counsel Browning Marean III recently purchased a Zoom.us plan. Marean says he uses Zoom.us, a cloud high definition video meeting service, at home, on the road, and at the office.
“What struck me was the extraordinary clarity,” says Marean. “Skype maxes out at 720 pixels, Zoom is 1080 pixels. The resolution is much better.”
11. Frederic Lederer, professor of law at William & Mary Law School, plans on testing out his new Dell XPS 12 convertible tablet computer.
“I have great interest in using it in the courtroom,” says Lederer. “I haven’t had a chance to do an experimental trial, but will be able to do that in August when new semester starts.”
12. Finally, Kenneth Jones of Xerdict Group has something on his wishlist, but isn’t sure if it exists.
“I wish there were a smooth, affordable way to get internet access across countries in Europe,” says Jones. “I just returned from vacation there, and getting internet access was, at times, a real hassle.”
If anyone has suggestions, he’s all ears.
Baker’s Dozen 13. As for me, I’ll be enjoying my new Blu-Ray player that I bought a month ago (I know, I’m a little behind the times). “The Godfather” DVD collection was on sale at Amazon, and that was one offer I couldn’t refuse.