Thursday, August 25, 2011

Scene Documentation From A New Angle!

It was reported in the Los Angeles Times this week that Libyan rebels used mini drones during their march on Tripoli to gather intel on Kadafi's forces. Similar drones were said to be used by the United States earlier this summer to monitor Bin Ladens' compound. These drones have been used mainly for military reasons, but this technology could be a new way to gather video/photo documentation for legal cases in a fast and effective way.

Potentially prohibitive costs aside, think about how easy it would be to gather a 360 degree video of a building involved in a lawsuit, or a take geographical photos of a crime scene stretching many miles long, and not only that, the lead lawyer and experts could monitor the whole process on a preview screen live. These drones could be a new way to collect evidence and investigate new angles of a case (literally). New technologies like this drone could open up doors to persuade the jury and take them on a journey without ever having to leave the jury box.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Technologically Equipped?

Computers have had an increasingly important role in the world of litigation. From maintaining communication between a client and lawyer to creating a full presentation made for courtroom trials. Not only is having a full understanding of the data important and having the talent recreate it visually, but maintaining the hardware and software of the tool being used is also very important.

When creating presentations with high definition video or graphically intensive visuals, the software to birth and manipulate these presentations needs powerful computers. Staying up to date with hardware is nearly impossible to do without shelling out loads of money to buy a new computer every month. There are however ways to keep a computer running fast and in top shape without putting a hole in the companies wallet for a new computer every month.

For desktop computers one of the easiest things to upgrade are the system's memory sticks or "RAM". Replacing that is as easy as replacing batteries in a flashlight. However you have to make sure you're buying the right memory for your computer. Each computer only accepts specific types, and its best to ask at the store which will work with your machine. For beefy visuals another important piece of computer hardware is the graphics card. Replacing that is also fairly simple but can cost more than buying memory. Its best to make sure you're buying the right that is compatible with your computer.

Running the latest version of Windows (if you're a PC user) or the latest version of Mac OS (if you're a Mac user) and making sure it has the most recent software updates help keep things current and protect your computer from old bugs. Utilizing one of the many free online antivirus software is a big help with keeping out malware and intruders from taking over what is yours. A 3rd party web browser such as Google Chrome is great for safe web browsing and will allow for a better internet experience. In the legal field its always of great importance to keep confidential files and information out of harm's way, even just from software crashes. Backing up data and essential files is a necessary safety precaution and also a good way to keep older large files safe and out of the way to make room for new ones.

Performing these simple upgrades in addition to some daily routine maintenance will help keep your equipment in top shape. Whether it's for creating visually intensive presentations or maintaining valuable confidential data you will be well prepared for the digital world of legal presentations.