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Problems and solutions of getting on UST network

I have seen mainly PC users who experienced problems with logging onto UST wireless. They entered the correct UST username and password, but the network just refused their authentication. One solution is to enter “UST\” in front of the user name. I do not know why without the domain causes the authentication process to fail, but the addition of domain in most situations will resolve the issue.

That is also true for the installation and authentication of Papercut program.

In addition, several students came to me with problems of configuring their iPhone to use outlook mail. What I discovered is that hey had to use manual set up and choose the outlook option before they connect.

With explosion of devices and the rapid software upgrades, problems abound and instructions simply cannot keep pace with the technical glitches. Boots on the ground is the best way to deal with unexpected problems.


Exchange files between Macbook and iMac

My old way of exchange files between Macbook Pro and my iMac made use of Dropbox. That worked, but it seemed so old fashioned. There actually exists an easy way to exchange files between the two Apple devices:it is called Airdrop. Once you turn the Airdrop on in both devices, you can see the devices nearby [after you choose the option that everybody can see you, meaning the device]. To move files between the two is a simple drag and drop. Once you drop a file to the Airdrop of the nearby device, that device can decide either to accept or decline.

Airdrop also works for iPhone and Macbook Pro for the exchange of certain files, such as photos. Exchange files between two un-tethered devices can occur through wi-fi with out the need of cable or on the cloud. They can talk to each other directly.


Pesty Word Bullet List Problem

I am sure we all encountered the problem in Word that when you type a number in front of a sentence, as soon as you hit the space button, that number become a numbered list. If that is what you want, it is perfect because you automatically get a bullet point item. But sometimes we do not want a bullet list, or we want a bullet list, but we want a different number. So how to correct the auto behavior? In Word, there is an easy fix to handle two kinds of situations.

First kind is if you want your list to start with a different number, simply right click any where in the numbered paragraph, and choose either the option of restart at 1, continuing numbering and so on.

Second type is if you do not want the automatic numbering at all, go under the Word options and then choose proofing, and then AutoCorrectOptions, unselect automatic bullet lists and automatic numbered lists.

This will eliminate the stubborn Word bullet lists or numbered lists problem.


Social Media and Pitfalls for Attorneys

ABA Rules of Professional Conduct was amended in August 2012 to include a technology competency requirement (comment 8 to Rule 1.1). Up till now, that amendment for a duty of technology competency has been adopted by 14 states. But how to measure attorney’s technology competency and ensure that they have the technology competency? No exclusive lists of technology competency exist. But generally, the following knowledge lays down the baseline for technology competency:

1. Know how different social media sites work, at the minimum, facebook and tweet and of course there are others, such as Instagram. The security settings on those apps in your phones so you do not share with the whole world the confidential information about your client.
2.Social media knows no privacy, so act like a lawyer. And avoid behaviors that could be perceived as communicating or influencing judges, witnesses and other officials.
3. When providing legal advice, stick to general statement and not offer specific advice to avoid the forming of attorney-client information.
4.Watch out for the taboo words in advertising in social media, such as specialties when you are not specially certified.

The pitfalls exist for social media because attorneys think they can control the two lives, one public and one private, but most times they can not because the mobile technology is developing rapidly. The borders are merging between different ways of communications.


Surface 3 Pro and then Surface Hub

I am recommending our faculty members to buy Surface 3 Pro for their work on the go. This device, coupled with the Office 365, can be a powerful duo for people who mostly use emails and Word. When they work in their office, they can use their desktop machine which also uses Office 365, so files can be synced across multiple devices.

The one device I think is really appealing is the 84″ Surface Hub. That can really brighten up a presentation, but at hefty price tag of $20,000.