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Attorneys: a Mechanical Keyboard Might Relieve Your Typing Pain

Remember the old IBM Selectric typewriter? The keys felt great, it made satisfying clicking sounds and no one ever complained of repetitive strain injuries. Don't you wish you could type on your computer using an old Selectric?

Oh, you haven't heard of the IBM Selectric? Well, whippersnapper, have you heard of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome and tennis elbow? We thought so. As attorneys, we all spend so much of our days in an office, on a keyboard, no matter if we are young or old. We're all in this together, so please read on.

If your keyboard is causing you pain, or if you just want to upgrade that thing you click on for hours every day, it might be time to consider a mechanical keyboard.

There are a lot of reasons not to buy a Google Glass (available today only), besides the incomprehensible price of $1,500. For example:

But hey, it's not all bad. You get to look like Geordi La Forge! Plus, a few lawyers that took part in the exclusive testing of the product have had their own ideas on how the devices could help their practice.

Much like Windows Vista before it, and Window ME and 98 before that, the current iteration of Windows is one that the populace loves to hate, especially those of us who have desktop PCs and who are focused on productivity. While Windows 8 and 8.1 are visually appealing, and great for content consumption on a tablet, getting work done is a chore, especially if you use a keyboard-and-mouse PC, which most law firms do.

Microsoft tried to make amends with the 8.1 update, bringing back the Start button (which merely brought up that newfangled touch-friendly Windows tile screen) and allowing users to boot to the mouse-friendly desktop. Still, if you ran any of the new "Metro" apps, which are designed for touchscreens, you'd pretty much go insane trying to maneuver or close the darn things.

Well, business users: here it is (or at least will be): a functional update to Windows 8.1 that might make you want to upgrade.

Yes. Maybe. We don't know!

Microsoft shot itself in the foot. Windows 8 was a disaster meant for touch screens, and not coincidentally, since its release, the PC market has tanked. Yeah, mobile devices, tablets, yadda yadda, but look at operating system market share in terms of percentages: Windows 8 is lagging behind freaking Windows XP. That's bad.

Law firms need computers. And since they aren't buying Windows 8 PCs, are they going Mac?

What are you going to do with your cut of that massive settlement you just negotiated? Or your tax refund?

Vacation? Investment? How about blowing it on a useless yet fun gadget? Stimulate the new economy!

And if you don't already have a wish list, we've got a few suggestions:

Smartwatches and Ultra HD 4K televisions don't impress me much. Neither do smart toothbrushes or beds. What, then, has us all hot and bothered from the wave of CES announcements from Las Vegas? It's all about practicality. Well, mostly.

Our top three things that we've learned from spending way too much time on's CES coverage include:

My editor just presented me with a challenge: think of three tech things that lawyers won't need in 2014.

Three? I'll give you five. In fact, I could do this all day. I'll even skip the obvious choices, like PDAs. (Remember Palm Pilots?) Here are five devices that are either obsolete, or soon-to-be, in 2014:

Call it (early) spring cleaning. Call it New Year's resolutions.

Whatever you call it, you can start 2014 with a massive productivity boost by cleaning up malware and bloatware, embracing the cloud, and making other minor tweaks to ensure that your tech is working in your favor, not slowing you down.

What are our five big tips? Read on:

Tech geeks take Twitter! That's right, instead of Bieber trending, this morning, anyone who has ever had a major computer failure took to Twitter in an exercise of catharsis.

The game? Express your tech horror in five words or less. As the guy who has served as the de facto IT department for his family, high school, a small law firm, and more, reading these tweets is giving me flashbacks.

Here are the ones you'll be most likely to encounter. Prepare accordingly.

Right now, what kind of phone do you have? How about tablet? And your work computer? Home computer? Our tech worlds are fractured amongst Apple, Google, Microsoft, Ubuntu, and others. Our phones and tablets run iOS or Android, our desktops OS X Mavericks or Windows 7 and 8.1.

Why do we have different operating systems for mobile and PCs? And why are the apps not cross-compatible, ensuring that you can pick up that legal brief on your phone and make edits without ruining the formatting?

The biggest reason: the chips.