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Remote desktop apps are not a new thing. Microsoft released a free app for accessing your Windows Desktop from your iOS (Apple) or Android (Google) devices a while back, but it was limited to certain versions of Windows (Professional and Server). Third-party solutions, like Splashtop, have been around for a few years as well, but they cost money.

Yesterday, Google released its own version, one that reportedly works with Windows, Linux, Mac, and Chrome OS, so long as you use Google's Chrome browser. Install a Chrome browser app, give the app pervasive permissions, and install an app on your Android phone or tablet and voilà -- remote access!

We gave it a cursory spin. Here are our first impressions:

PACER: Public Access to Court Electronic Records (if you have money to pay).

What is there to say about PACER? It's horridly inefficient, with each court maintaining its own servers. It has an ancient user interface, straight out of the 1980s. And it costs $0.10 per page, which doesn't sound like a big deal, at least until you run a docket search on a big class action case and accidently run up $3.00 in charges with little to no warning.

In short, it sucks. And many people, myself included, think court records should be open and free. PACER, at least for now, won't be, as it's a cash cow for the courts, but third-party solutions exist that will help you to cut down on your bill while archiving copies of the documents for public (and free) consumption.

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.

How do you choose your software? Most likely, you base your choices on functionality and reputation. You'll ask friends or check the Internet for suggestions, try a few alternatives, and use what fits you best.

When do politics hit the equation? If a company took a controversial stance on a divisive issue, would you drop their product? What if it were merely the CEO of a company? What if the stance was a political donation from 2008?

Since last week's announcement of Microsoft Office for iPad, more details have leaked on the company's newest addition to the family, including a couple significant limitations that were discovered by third-party reviewers.

Meanwhile, the Office for iPhone and Android, apps that we barely noticed? They're still largely insignificant, due to extremely limited feature sets, but there's a new silver lining: they're free! Every other alternative app is superior, but yeah, free!

And as a third quick update for your Monday morning perusal, Microsoft actually listened to criticism! Since the company revealed that it tapped into a blogger's Hotmail account to plug an internal leak, it has faced constant and nearly universal criticism, even after it set up a semi-protected kangaroo court to manage such situations. They have a new new remedy this week, one that is sure to satisfy nearly all privacy advocates.

It's here! It's finally here, and you'll no longer have to switch between Apple's iWork Suite on your iPad and Microsoft Office on your desktop!

The rumors hit yesterday afternoon, and this morning, at a press event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced a brand new variant of its Office suite for the iPad, something many have been begging for for years.

Now that it has been officially announced, you're probably wondering: what's the catch?

We've long been conflicted over the Evernote/OneNote choice.

OneNote was there for us in our younger law school days, for note-taking, screen-shotting, website clipping, and outlining. Evernote arrived, and brought way better mobile apps, but also has a cap on syncing data for free customers. Then OneNote updated their mobile apps to close the gap, but didn't have Mac OS X support. Then again, no data cap.

They just added Mac OS X support. And every version is free. With no data sync cap. One year later, we'll ask the question again: which is the note bene?

We've warned you time and time again -- if you're running Windows XP, you need to upgrade, either your PCs, or at least the operating system. To be fair, the 29 percent of the population that is still actively using XP are probably either companies with proprietary software that isn't compatible with Windows 7 or 8.1, or people in developing countries, but still, if any of your firm's computers are on XP, upgrade.

Why? End of life means no more security updates. It means your PC (and your law firm's client files) becomes a hacker's dream. And Microsoft, ever mindful of the 29 percent of the world that hasn't upgraded (that's roughly 19 percent more of a market share than Windows 8 and 8.1 combined, by the way), has a plan to poke and prod you into upgrading.

It involves nagging and possible freebies.


It may sound like a child's game, but a Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) attack is where a hacker intercepts secure encrypted data by pretending to be a trusted end point, such as one's email service, then copies or modifies the data before passing it on.

These attacks are typically very difficult to pull off -- unless the hacker is targeting an iPad, iPhone, iMac, MacBook, or any other Mac OS X or iOS device.

Here is an opinion from 1923: Meyer v. State of Nebraska. Here is an opinion from 2013: Shelby County v. Holder.

Other than the addition of a syllabus at the beginning, and a few more headings, case law hasn't changed a bit since 1923. Does that seem strange to anyone else?

If you were to reimagine case law, what would it look like? Here are a few ideas.