Review of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer

For the past eleven days, I’ve been the proud owner of an Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Now that I’ve used it a bit and gotten the hang of things with it, it’s a good time to provide my thoughts.


This device normally retails at $399. Right now Staples has a coupon for $100 off tablets (through July 30th). Office Depot should match that deal, and they have the Transformer in stock. For $299, this device is a steal.

Here are my more detailed thoughts, in no particular order.

Form factor

The Transformer is slim and light. It’s …

Back With Ruby, Virtual Receptionist

My law firm gets a couple dozen (or more!) phone calls every day. Last year I had a virtual receptionist service help me by answering the phones. I wrote about the service, Ruby Receptionists, two different times.

I hired an in-office assistant last fall, and I stopped using Ruby. I thought me and my assistant could just handle the phones ourselves.


From February 1st to February 24, fourteen unique callers got our voicemail and didn’t leave a message. That probably means we lost at least 10 potential clients. A third of them would most likely have retained me for their …

Eee PC Battery Test – 7 Hours, 29 Minutes

I was at an all-day seminar last week, sporting my …

3 Launchy Tricks – Evernote, Google Voice, RTM

If you want to control your computer from your keyboard, check out Launchy. It’s a free keystroke launcher. Here are three ways to supercharge Launchy.


I use Evernote for all my note-taking needs. I constantly need to pull up a note that I’ve previously written. With Launchy and Evernote’s Windows scripting, this is now a piece of cake.

To pull up all of your notes that contain a particular string, you execute a command like this:

C:\Program Files\Evernote\Evernote3\ENscript.exe /showNotes QUERY

We can plug that into Launchy as a Runner command:

Now you …

My Custom Business Management System

Business have data to manage, documents to produce, and customers to invoice. Law firms are no different.

I run my own traffic defense law firm. It’s a high-volume practice area, which means I have lots of clients at any given time. There are lots of client contracts and invoices going out and coming back from clients.

In April, I wrote that I wanted to integrate my main systems. It’s done now, and this post explains everything.

What I use

I use a number of separate systems. They all do their job very well.

Remember the Milk (to do lists) – API

NameCheap is Cheaper than GoDaddy

Everyone sees GoDaddy’s ads for “$1.99 domains” and thinks they’re the cheapest option.


I’ve been using NameCheap for years, and I’ll show you that it’s cheaper than GoDaddy. Let’s look at several different situations to give each company a fair shake.

All the prices below are the cost per year.

To make this comparison a bit easier, I’m going to focus on .com domains. Prices can differ on other extensions, but most people want a .com anyway.

New domain only

If you’re just looking to register a new domain with no email or web hosting, here’s what you would pay:

Includes: SSL …

Attorneys and Phones – What’s Your Poison?

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Kat Sanders.

There’s no doubting the fact that almost every lawyer possesses a mobile phone – it is sometimes the lifeline that keeps them connected to their office and their clients when they’re on the go. Most of them are either the proud owners of the sturdy workhorse BlackBerry while some others have been swayed by the allure of the new editions of the iPhone. So would you choose the more sedate BlackBerry or the sleeker iPhone?

Well, it all comes down to a matter of personal choice and your budget, but there are …

Great Twitter Client for Windows Mobile

I use a Windows Mobile smart phone (the Moto Q9c from Sprint). And I love Twitter (I’m aflusche).

I’ve been looking for a good Twitter client for my phone. Twikini fits the bill.

Twikini has a great set of features. It works with Twitpic and your phone’s GPS. Of course you can view updates, profiles, and links.

An early version of Twikini totally screwed up my phone. But the developers fixed that bug, and I haven’t had any problems since.

I suggest giving Twikini a try. You might just like it.

Review of the Asus Eee PC 1000HE

I’ve had my Asus Eee PC 1000HE for a couple weeks now. I’ve used it for some real work at this point, so here’s my take on this machine.

It’s awesome!

Before I dig into the specifics of the Eee, remember what a netbook is. It’s a mini computer. It can do virtually anything a full-size machine can do, except it has limited processing power and screen size.

I purchased the Eee to use as my travel computer. I have a beefy Dell Inspiron laptop for in-office computing needs. But it’s too …

EchoSign Customer Service To The Rescue!

EchoSign has a killer product. And their customer service rocks too!

On Friday at 11:53pm, I wrote this post about EchoSign not giving small users access to their API. I wanted to integrate their e-signing system with a total law firm management solution that I’m developing. No dice. Yep, I was a bit angry.

On Saturday at 10:11am, the EchoSign CEO and Co-Founder, Jason Lemkin, commented on my post. He explained why they limit access to their Enterprise API system. And then he added that third-party developers CAN integrate their applications with EchoSign’s API for no charge. Eureka! …

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