January 2010 Archives

HUD Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure

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Welcome | HUD USER

HUD recently assembled the Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure to help those facing mortgage problems. HUD USER also has information resources that may assist those engaged in the foreclosure process.

Panopticlick Shows How Easy Your Browser Is to Track

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Panopticlick Shows How Easy Your Browser Is to Track - Privacy - Lifehacker


You've disabled cookies and opened a private browsing window, so you're confident nobody can see what you're visiting on the web. The Electronic Frontier Foundation begs to differ, and their Panopticlick webapp will show you how track-able you really are.

Hat tip to LifeHacker.

AirMouse

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AirMouse - the mouse that fits you like a glove

AirMouse - the mouse that fits you like a glove because it is one...or at least part of a glove. The wireless mouse utilizes an optical laser, and can run for a week without recharging. According to the company website, the clinically-tested product works by aligning itself with the ligaments of your hand and wrist. This lets you keep your hand in a neutral position, and transmits more of your vector force than would be possible with a regular mouse. Not only does this make it easier on your hand, but it increases your mousing speed and accuracy as well. The mouse is also designed to remain inactive until your hand is placed in a neutral, flat position, so you can easily go back and forth between typing and mousing.

Read full article at gizmag here

Visit the AirMouse web site here

iPad-Watch the Video

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Watch the iPad video here.

Review iPad features here

Consider the design here.

Finally, find out what it will cost here.

NYSBA Annual Meeting 2010-Live Webcasts

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January 25 – 30th, 2010
Hilton New York, New York City
www.nysba.org/am2010

Unable to travel to NYC? You can still be a part of State Bar Week by staying connected through daily updates and two free webcasts.

Daily Annual Meeting Updates
Stay informed on the big events of each day

To receive daily annual meeting updates by email, send a blank email (no subject, no message, no signature block) to: join-am2010@lists.nysba.org

View daily annual meeting updates online at www.nysba.org/amdailyupdate

Wednesday, January 27
2010 Presidential Summit
Panels to explore social media and wrongful convictions

A lawyer uses her iPhone inside a courtroom to tweet a disparaging remark about the judge. A man is freed after 16 years in jail for a crime he did not commit due to DNA evidence proving his innocence. These two diverse, yet true-to-life, examples demonstrate how social media and wrongful convictions have each affected the legal profession in the past year and spurred significant discussion about important issues ranging from attorney-client privilege to how faulty identification procedures can lead to a wrongful conviction.

Watch this event live as it happens: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
www.nysba.org/2010summitwebcast

Friday, January 29
HOD to discuss Code of Judicial Conduct
Chief Judge Lippman also scheduled to address delegates for the first time

The State Bar’s House of Delegates is expected to consider, on an informational basis, the report and recommendations of the Special Committee to Review the Code of Judicial Conduct when delegates convene today for the House meeting in Manhattan during the Annual Meeting. Other agenda items include committee and section reports.

View the live Webcast at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)
www.nysba.org/JanuaryHouseWebcast

myEN

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myEN (Evernote) (myen) on Twitter

myEN lets you save tweets directly into your Evernote account. Here's how to set it up:

Step 1: Follow myEN

Step 2: You will receive a direct message from myEN containing a link. Click the link.

Step 3: Sign into Evernote and link your Evernote and Twitter accounts. If you don't have an Evernote account, sign up. It's free.

You're all set! Now add '@myEN ' to any public tweet, or DM new notes to myEN

Evernote for Windows-3.5 Arrives

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Evernote for Windows | Evernote Corporation


Capture all of your thoughts, ideas, and inspirations, into a single place. Access everything whenever you need it from your PC, even when offline.

Create notes containing text, webclips, snapshots, to-dos, PDFs, and more--This is great way to "clip and save" legal research.

Take photos of everything from whiteboards to wine labels and Evernote will make them searchable

Premium users can attach any type of file to their notes

Download Evernote forWindows 3.5 free.

Transmute 1.67

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http://www.gettransmute.com/

As January turns into February, some people may be in the market for a new web browser. Of course, some may be wondering: What do I do about my bookmarks? That's easy enough to solve by making use of Transmute 1.67. This tiny program transfers bookmarks from one browser to another. The program is compatible with seven different browsers, including Google Chrome, Opera, and Chromium. The program provides automatic backups and the support site includes screen shots and support suggestions. This version is compatible with computers running Windows 95 and newer.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2010. http://scout.wisc.edu/

FINDLAW: Daily Opinion Summaries for U.S. Supreme Court - 01/21/10

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CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, ELECTIONS

Citizens United v. FEC, No. 08–205
The Court rules that the government may regulate corporate political speech through disclaimer and disclosure requirements, but it may not suppress that speech altogether. Specifically, in an action brought by a nonprofit corporation, the makers of a documentary critical of Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy, challenging the constitutionality of a federal law prohibiting corporations and unions from using their general treasury funds to make independent expenditures for speech that was an "electioneering communication" or for speech that expressly advocated the election or defeat of a candidate, a denial of a preliminary injunction for plaintiff is reversed in part where Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, 494 U.S. 652 (1990), is overruled, and thus provides no basis for allowing the government to limit corporate independent expenditures. Hence, the part of McConnell v. Federal Election Comm'n, 540 U.S. 93 (2007), that upheld the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act section 203's extension of section 441b's restrictions on independent corporate expenditures is also overruled. However, the order is affirmed in part where BCRA sections 201 and 311 were valid as applied to the ads for the documentary and to the movie itself because disclaimer and disclosure requirements may burden the ability to speak, but they impose no ceiling on campaign-related activities, or prevent anyone from speaking.

As the result of legislation, Amanda’s Law will go into effect on February 22, 2010. It requires essentially all residences, both new and existing, to have carbon monoxide alarms installed. The specific requirements differ for new and existing residences and also on when the buildings were built and subcategories of occupancy groups.

Probably the most asked question will be the requirement for existing one and two family residences. They will be required to have one carbon monoxide alarm installed on the lowest story having a sleeping area.

The proposal to modify the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, in order to comply with Amanda's Law, is in the process of being adopted as an emergency rule. The following link provides the proposed code text and legislation, Amanda’s Law.

http://www.dos.state.ny.us/code/COAlarm.htm

Join the NYS DOS Codes Division mailing list: Codeslist@dos.state.ny.us

Outright.com-Free Online Bookkeeping

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Free Bookkeeping, Tax Record Keeping; Freelance & Self Employment Success - Online Software: Outright

Free online bookkeeping
Your business' insights; with income and expense bookkeeping, Schedule C and W-9 automation, and support with deductions, taxes, and successful self employment.

Hat tip to:New York Small Business Law.

I am very pleased to see Atty. Imke Raschko's updated version of her very helpful blog.

Real Time Congress

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Real Time Congress iPhone App

Real Time Congress is the free way to access real-time information about Congress on your iPhone. This app puts the actions, meetings and documents that make up the legislative process right at your fingertips. Whether you're a journalist, Hill staffer, blogger or just an interested citizen, this app will keep you up to date on what's happening in Congress right now. Another innovative app from the non-partisan, non-profit Sunlight Labs. Also check out their Android app for Congress!

Supreme Court Halts Prop 8 Trial Broadcasts

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HOLLINGSWORTH V. PERRY

(U.S. Supreme Ct., Jan. 11, 2010) - This morning the U.S. Supreme Court halted both realtime and delayed broadcasts of proceedings in the California Prop 8 Same same-sex marriage trial. You can view the order here:

Prop 8 Video Ruling

"Dick Tracy, Asus Found Your Watch!!"

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Asus Unveils Waveface Ultra at Consumer Electronics Show, A Web-Connected Smartphone Bracelet

Introducing the Waveface Ultra, an Internet-ready smartphone you can wear on your wrist like a bracelet or watch. It is controlled by finger gestures and is designed to sync with cloud, office, and home smart devices.


Unbundling Discussion

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Two Chief Justices Have One Word of Advice for Solos: Unbundling - News - ABA Journal

Unbundled legal services are one way to close a justice gap that is growing as more people find themselves unable to afford a lawyer, according to the chief justices of the California and New Hampshire supreme courts.

However, solo practice lawyers do not agree, if one takes the comments which follow this article as any indication. These comments are well worth reading for a real sense of the discussion on this current practice issue.

NY: FREE FORM: New Matter Conflict and Opening form

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NEW! Download the FREE New Matter Conflict and Opening form (PDF) from the upcoming NYSBA publication Best Practices in Legal Management, available in late January 2010.

This must-have form will cover billing, time estimates, potential conflicts and much more - offering a handy toolkit for busy law practices of all sizes.

NYTIMES: Liptak: ALI Gives Up Death Penalty Work

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Sidebar - Group That Shaped Death Penalty Gives Up on Its Own Work - NYTimes.com

Last fall, the American Law Institute, which created the intellectual framework for the modern capital justice system almost 50 years ago, pronounced its project a failure and walked away from it.

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Official New HUD-1 Fill-in Form

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For those who may have difficulty in accessing or using the Scribd form below:

HUD has moved its new official fill-in form from a separate page to its complete list of forms. It can be downloaded by clicking here.

New HUD 1 on Scribd

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Clay Shirky | Spark | CBC Radio

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Have you ever played around with a gadget or application, only to discover it’s absolutely perfect for something different from its original design? This kind of inventiveness, or playfulness, happens all the time in our digital environment, but it signals a major shift in the relationship between the inventor or designer and the user.

CBC interviewed Clay Shirky about just that earlier this week. Clay is a big thinker on internet and culture, and he has a lot to say about how users shape the tools they use and how designers should respond to this new “interaction loop.”

Listen here:

http://podcast.cbc.ca/spark/spark_20091009_clayshirky.mp3

David Pogue: Readability

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State of the Art - The 5th Annual Pogie Awards for the Year’s Best Tech Ideas - NYTimes.com

It’s a free button for your Web browser’s toolbar (get it at lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability). When you click it, Readability eliminates everything from the Web page you’re reading except the text and photos. No ads, blinking, links, banners, promos or anything else. Times Square just goes away.

You wind up with a simple, magazine-like layout, presented in a beautiful font and size (your choice) against a white or off-white background with none of this red-text-against-black business.

You occasionally run into a Web page that Readability doesn’t handle right — no big deal, just refresh the page to see the original. But most of the time, Readability makes the world online a calmer, cleaner, more beautiful place.

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