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What's Hot and Not in the Legal Industry Plus 50 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 51 best articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week. SmallLaw is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Bob Denney of Attorney at Work on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: What's Hot and Not in the Legal Industry

Cyber Insurance for Law Firms

Five Rules of a Paperless Law Firm

Which Networking Software Is Best?

Social Media 101 for Lawyers

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Boxtop Brings Secure Virtual Workspaces to Law Firms

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, June 2, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a virtual desktop and private cloud storage service designed for the needs of law firms (see article below), a cloud app for assigning work to lawyers in your firm, an iOS app for notes and tasks, and a network storage appliance. Don't miss the next issue.

When feasible, companies should use their own products (colloquially known as "eating your own dog food"). Everyone in the mostly open office space at Tabush Group uses a tiny computer connected to one or two monitors. These aren't Windows PCs but the employees are using Windows.

Boxtop … in One Sentence

Tabush Group's Boxtop is a private cloud service that enables law firms to use virtual Windows desktops with all their favorite applications but without any infrastructure management.

The Killer Feature

Tabush Group Founder and President Morris Tabush explained to me during my tour of the office that the secure thin client appliances on everyone's desk are optimized for Boxtop and included at no additional charge. They're outfitted with solid state drives (SSDs) and a Gigabit Ethernet port. However, Boxtop also works on your existing PCs as well as Macs, iPads, iPhones, and Android phones and tablets.

Boxtop's "device agnostic" approach enables you to use your Windows desktop with your Windows and web apps and your documents regardless of your location or the device you're using. Boxtop even preserves the "state" of your virtual desktop. For example, if you leave the office in the middle of a sentence in a Word document, logging in at home will take you right back to that sentence.

"Lawyers and their staff need to be fully productive with seamless access to their entire IT environment from anywhere, and not have to think about how the IT works," Tabush told me. "Boxtop helps them achieve this by moving everything together to the cloud. Our clients love that Boxtop is just so simple, and provides them secure access to their work from any Internet-connected device."

Other Notable Features

Because of Tabush Group's origins as an IT consultancy, Boxtop offers a lot of support — "high touch, high customization" as Tabush puts it. First, Boxtop provides a complimentary assessment of your firm's Internet connection. Boxtop recommends a minimum speed of 10-15 Mbps. If your firm needs to upgrade its Internet access, this cost is more than offset by no longer having to pay for servers and their maintenance according to Tabush.

Next Boxtop evaluates the legacy applications you use. Boxtop is compatible with popular legal products such as Amicus Attorney, HotDocs, PCLaw, Tabs3, Time Matters, Worldox, and many others. Boxtop supports Microsoft Office either via your own license or an Office 365 subscription.

Finally, Boxtop migrates all your documents. Boxtop offers both virtual network drives as well as private storage space for each user. BT Sync is a Dropbox-like technology included with Boxtop for accessing documents offline. Boxtop connects to local printers in your office, home, and even at hotels without compromising security. This eliminates risky methods such as using a thumb drive on a public computer.

Boxtop houses your data and applications in high-security datacenters in New York and Seattle. "Private cloud" means that Tabush Group owns the servers, not the datacenter. Your data is encrypted at rest and in transit.

What Else Should You Know?

Boxtop starts at $149 per user per month with no long-term contract required. Approximately, 15% of Boxtop users in a law firm opt for the Power User upgrade, which gives them more storage and administrative control of their virtual desktops. A one-time onboarding fee depends on your legacy environment. It takes about 3-4 weeks to move your firm to Boxtop and train everyone. Learn more about Boxtop.

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Topics: Networking/Operating Systems | Online/Cloud | TL NewsWire

How to Convert Email Messages to PDF on an iPhone Plus 59 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, May 23, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 60 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

Abacus Data Systems and Amicus Attorney Join Forces

Understanding Windows 7 in the Age of Windows 10

A Lawyer Reviews Dragon Anywhere

Let's Make PCs First-Class Citizens of the Connected World

Congratulations to Jeff Richardson of iPhone J.D. on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Convert Email Messages to PDF on an iPhone

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Angering Clients; Multiple Monitors; 4K Monitors; Windows Split Screen; Windows 10 Advice

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, May 13, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Michael Burg, These Two Items Don't Anger My Clients

Rob Perelli-Minetti, How I Use Multiple Monitors; Review Of Dell 4K Monitor

Tom Trottier, Tip: Simulate Two Monitors With Split Screen In Windows

Tom Trottier, The Problem With Windows 10 (For Law Firms)

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Office Management | Monitors | Networking/Operating Systems | Privacy/Security | TL Serendipity

Review of Eero Wi-Fi System Plus 65 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, February 29, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 66 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

Review: Eero Wi-Fi System

How to Use Windows' File History to Back Up Your Data

Meet the Modern Mobile Lawyer

ABA TECHSHOW 1993 Flashback

Congratulations to Walt Mossberg of The Verge on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Eero Wi-Fi System

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Why Solos Shouldn't Practice Solo; Mac Desktop Search; Reviews of BigHand, Path Finder, Perfect Authority; Old ScanSnaps on Windows 7, 8, 10

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, February 11, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Chet Lustgarten, Why Solos Should Not Practice Solo Plus Review of BigHand

Joe Bahgat, Desktop Search Options on Mac; Review: Path Finder

Blair Clark, Review: Perfect Authority

Nathan Davis, Old ScanSnap Models With Windows 7, 8, and 10

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Review of Dragon Anywhere Plus 47 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, February 8, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 48 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

If Abe Lincoln Practiced Law Today

LEAP Offers Small Law Firms an Integrated Front and Back Office

Five Health Apps for iPhone That Helped Me Build Better Habits

How to Use Classic Mechanical Keyboards With iPads

Will Cloud Apps Kill SharePoint?

Windows 10 Adoption Rate Among Businesses

Congratulations to David Pogue of THE POGUE REVIEW on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Dragon Anywhere

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The Good Old Bad Days of Law Practice; Reviews of ActiveWords, Windows 10

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, October 30, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Dave Migliaccio, The Good Old Bad Days of Law Practice

Birney Bull, Review: ActiveWords v. Windows Jump Lists

Burton Bruggeman, Review: Windows 10

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Topics: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Coming Attractions | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Legal Research | Networking/Operating Systems | TL Serendipity | Utilities

Review of Abacus Private Cloud Plus Local Search Ranking Factors

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, October 9, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw:Virtual desktops seem to offer the best of both worlds. Your law firm gets out of the business of buying and managing servers, but you can still use client/server software. Abacus Private Cloud has become a major player in this area so who better to review it than New Jersey lawyer Edward Zohn who witnessed the birth of the PC firsthand at IBM in the 1980s? In this issue of SmallLaw, Ed walks you through set up, evaluates the major features, discusses the price, and renders his verdict in the form of a TechnoScore. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for the latest local search ranking factors for lawyers.

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Review of Lookeen Plus 78 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, August 24, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 79 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

All Mac Law Office Part 1

All Mac Law Office Part 2

Choosing a Cheap Laptop to Fit Your Needs

2015 ABA Tech Survey on iOS Usage

Congratulations to M. David Stone of PCMag.com on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Lookeen (Desktop and Outlook Search)

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