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While the NSA is out training 13 year olds to "hack the planet," all those olds on the bench are still struggling to get by without their gramophones. At least, that's the idea you might get from tech journalists complaining about the tech illiteracy of an ever aging judiciary. They're not alone in their assessment, however.

Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin, from the S.D.N.Y., agrees, telling attendees of Bloomberg BNA's Big Law Business Summit that judges are struggling to remain competent in evolving technologies. Appellate judges? They "know nothing about it," according to Judge Scheindlin.

Are you on the Best Coast with a few days to spare next week? We'd recommend devoting that free time to LegalTech's West Coast conference. The conference, in gloomy San Francisco, will be filled with legal tech companies, practitioners, and scholars.

Those who attend can expect to see everything from presentations on data privacy and security to round tables with top counsel from eHarmony, Google, and TiVo -- it's an eclectic mix. If the New York version is anything to go by, attendees can count on a fair amount of fancy swag as well.

Have you seen FindLaw's 99 Things to Do With Your JD, Besides Practice Law? Though it's six years old now, it's still incredibly popular -- thanks, Google! It might be time to tip the list over into the triple digits with the addition of the newest ex-lawyer trend: lawyers leaving practice to become coders.

Can lawyers make the switch from the United States Code to computer code? Probably. Should they give up the law for programming? Well ... it depends.

Perhaps you've heard of a firewall. If you're an architect, you might be thinking of the actual fire-proof walls used to stop the spread of blaze from, say, apartment to apartment. If you're pretty much anyone else, a firewall is one of the many network settings you may have tinkered with when configuring your Internet. A computer firewall is a network security system that controls incoming and outgoing traffic, creating a barrier between your internal network and the flaming, virus-filled Internet.

Firewalls have been common since the 90's. Which is why it might be surprising to learn that an "inventor" patented firewalls in 2000. Though he let his patent expire, it has recently been picked up by a patent troll, who is using it sue pretty much everyone who sells products related to network security.

Google I/O, the tech company's annual developer conference, came and went last weekend. The conference focuses on encouraging development in Google platforms such as Android and Chrome. But for the non-techies out there, it's much more of a two day press conference about Google's new developments.

Google I/O had some good news for lawyers, from simple developments like longer battery life and easier email, to potential game changers like virtual reality and NSA-connected toasters.

Here's an overview of five promising developments.

Tech folks often have their eye on the future, but when it comes to dealing with issues of culpability and liability in computing, some are arguing that it's time to start looking to the past.

When it comes to holding those responsible for complex systems accountable when something goes wrong, at least one Mircoserf suggests that we bring bring back medieval law. The legal revival isn't quite the "if she floats, she's a witch!" attribution of blame, however.

The ABA's Techshow took place in Chicago last week, gathering lawyers and tech vendors from around the world to look at the potential future of technology in the legal world. (As an aside, the ABA would like us to refer to the conference as the TECHSHOW, but we will politely decline.)

From exhortations to test lawyers' tech skills, to warnings that computers could dumb us all down, the program presented a nice mix of the useful and trivial, the inspiring and worrisome.

If you couldn't make it yourself, here's a few highlights of what you missed.

Apple's Spring Event: Apple Watch, HBO, and the Thinnest Mac Ever

Earlier today, Apple held its much-anticipated March 2015 event in San Francisco. On the docket, as rumored, were product updates, the introduction of the fabled Apple Watch, and a surprise for those of us who have been pirating "Game of Thrones" all these years.

So, what happened?

'National PACER Day of Protest' Set for May 1

Dear, sweet PACER. Its existence is begrudgingly accepted thanks to the convincing argument, "Hey, there's nothing better out there yet." Its Web 1.0 interface is clunky, but usable. There's something charmingly antiquarian about the interface.

But there's a reason we don't use typewriters anymore. PACER is outdated, but more importantly, its business model is undemocratic. That's why Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.Org has declared May 1, 2015, to be a "National Day of PACER Protest."

The 11 Most Popular Technologist Posts of 2014

If there was one blog out of our 19 blogs for lawyers that I could pick as my favorite, it would be FindLaw's Technologist: gadgets, tech tips, landmark cases, and other forms of legal geekery, all in one place.

And it shows in our product: not only is Technologist one of our most popular blogs, but it's on the ABA Journal's Blawg 100 (a list of the top legal blogs) for the second straight year. (If you're reading this on December 19, today is the last day to vote for us!)

Here are your favorite posts of 2014, in terms of traffic: