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Pro se litigants are becoming increasingly common and while some self-represented parties do a pretty respectable job, others do not. Maybe they show up unprepared for their hearing. Or maybe their complaint is hand written. Perhaps they have ... unique views on admiralty law and the federal legal system.

But hey, what can you expect? These litigants don't have years of legal training and much of their legal know-how comes from a Google search -- if that. Thankfully, there's now a simple way for pro se parties to get prepped for court. An online video game developed by law professors at Northeastern University walks the self-represented through the basics of the courtroom -- helping them out long before they show up in their pajamas.

You don't have time to waste. Or if you do, you don't want to waste it renumbering paragraphs in a document, or futzing with a malfunctioning printer.

Thankfully, many of the obnoxious time sucks we encounter can be avoided, making our days more productive and less annoying. How? Here are our five top law firm productivity tips, from the FindLaw archives.

If you're an attorney (or anyone) using Windows, computer security experts have an urgent message for you: uninstall QuickTime, immediately. That's because the Window's version of QuickTime, the multimedia program found on most computers, is no longer supported by Apple, its maker.

That means the software will still work, but there will be no more security support -- leaving QuickTime users vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. So, follow the advice of the experts (including the Department of Homeland Security) and kick QuickTime off your computer. Here's how.

You were into the Microsoft Office Suite before it was cool; now you're looking for the next best thing. You're tired of the Apple fanboys and want to support the underdog. Or, you just really hate PowerPoint.

Don't worry, there are plenty of alternatives to dominant software out there -- good, often cheap, and sometimes free alternatives. So, if you want your law office to take the road less traveled by (technologically speaking), we're here to help you out. Here are our top alternative tech posts, from the FindLaw archives.

When it comes to useful robots, we're still a few years away from getting a real-life version of Rosie, the robot maid from 'The Jetsons.' (A Roomba will have to do.) And indeed, we may never get the metal heaps promised by 60's era futurism.

But, with advancements in artificial intelligence and natural language processing, virtual assistants are proliferating. Siri can pull up directions, Cortana can play your favorite music, and now, a new virtual assistant start-up, is promising AI help that's actually useful in the office: Amy, a bot that can handle your scheduling.

Mock Juries Made Easy With New Tech Research Tool

Imagine you're a litigator or potential litigant looking at the possibility of a jury trial. Wouldn't it be a great thing to get a very good educated guess as to the most likely verdict a particular jury would reach?

In the words of this generation, "There's an app for that." Litigation tech provider company Precise has announced the release of Predict, a jury research tool that makes use of statistics to get that long sought after prediction.

The recent Panama Papers leak, caused by a data breach in the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, underscores what we've long known: the legal industry needs to make cybersecurity a priority. (There are some lessons about abetting corruption to be learned from the Panama Papers as well, but that's for another blog.) And it's not just Mossack Fonseca that's struggled with cybersecurity; just recently, Cravath confirmed it had been hacked, while the FBI warned firms in Chicago that they were being targeted.

But not all data breaches are made the same. Here are the five most common types of law firm data breaches, and their causes.

When it comes to stealing valuable information, lawyers are easy targets. We handle sensitive personal and financial information, we hang on to immense amounts of data, and we're not always the most technologically sophisticated. So it's no surprise that hackers are going after law firms more than ever before.

Thankfully, there are ways to protect yourself from hackers. To help you avoid a potentially devastating cyberattack, here are FindLaw's top eight posts to help you ensure your cybersecurity.

Do you take meetings at local coffee shops? Do you like to step out of the office with colleagues, for a quick triple, venti, half sweet, non-fat, caramel macchiato break? At the same time, do you obsessively schedule out every aspect of your day?

If you answered yes, you're in luck. At Microsoft's development conference in San Francisco today, Starbucks announced a new partnership with the tech giant: a Starbucks add-in for Office. Yep, you can now schedule your Starbucks breaks straight through Outlook. (There's no word yet on whether you can order a double half-caff from Excel, but we've got our fingers crossed.)

Finishing a brief from the back of a car. Uploading a last minute filing just as the clock strikes midnight. Keeping in touch with your colleagues while mid-flight. None of these things would have been possible just a few decades ago.

Thanks to a host of apps, programs, and gadgets, attorneys can stay connected (and productive) like never before. In the spirit of helping you stay plugged in, here are seven of FindLaw's best posts on tech to keep you connected.