Paul Weiss Alumni Directory 2005

I just received the Paul Weiss Alumni Directory 2005. It is always remarkable to read the great variety of things that former members of the firm are doing.

As one example, there is FirmSeek, a marketing and technology firm, founded by a “Paul|Weiss” alum, which caters inter alia to law firms, legal associations, government institutions, universities, non-profits and real estate and construction industries.

A particular sign of the times and a product of the internet age are the FirmSeek “solutions for law firms and professional services firms“.

For example, automation of traditional marketing tasks is a strong point, providing some unique information management solutions.

Definitely worth a look.
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RollOnFriday: Law in the City of London

RollOnFriday is a rather unusual legal website devoted to a discussion of “news, views and gossip on City law firms (including what they pay)” plus “the latest legal news and salary information and everything else the slightly bored solicitor requires.”

Compare RollOnFriday to the American Vault.com site.
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A Podcasting Blog at Patent Pod

Patent Pod breaks new ground in the legal field by presenting a law blog which not only has text summaries of recent U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Court decisions in patent-related cases, but it also offers computer-spoken .mp3 audio files of entire judicial opinions (with some material, such as citations, omitted).

Although the site is intended primarily for patent attorneys, we get the feeling that this blog gives us another important glimpse into the future of law. Indeed, we can easily envision Justices and Judges themselves issuing various types of podcasts to both the news media as well as to the bar, whether regarding case filings, court rules, opinions or CLE. Indeed, such a development is probably not far down the road at all.

Note: We have added Patent Pod to the LawPundit blawg blogroll.
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Winpooch: A Real Time Watchdog for Spyware, Trojans and Attempted Registry Changes

Winpooch is a simple free real time watchdog for spyware, trojans and attempted registry changes. Winpooch reports to you in a dialogue box about attempted registry changes BEFORE they are made and gives you the choice of allowing them or not. The default position after the elapse of a certain amount of time is NOT to allow the registry change.

They write about themselves:

“Winpooch is a Windows watchdog. By adding this free watchdog, you increase the safety of your anti-virus. It detects spywares and trojans as soon as they are installed in your computer. The Windows watchdog scans system directories and the registry in real time, and uses very few process resources.”

We have installed the still so-called “unstable” beta version 0.5.4 and it is working well, fending off undesired changes that our installed McAfee Anti-Virus and SpywareGuard programs did not ward off, such as for example a registry change disabling the anti-virus program itself.

We do not know yet how Winpooch will function over the long term, but it looks promising.

Update:

We have observed that Winpooch might interfere with the installation of new programs. If Winpooch is installed and running, it might have to be deactivated before installing a new program which refuses otherwise to install.

Update December 7, 2005 to digg visitors (we give up, we have joined digg too):

Welcome! Someone at digg (not us!) has placed a link to this page and we are somewhat overwhelmed by the traffic, which is probably going to put us over our traffic limit at our provider and thus create extra costs, so we are placing the following info for the intellects out there to help cover the possible extra costs due to your visiting this blog in such large numbers.

Stars Stones and Scholars

megaliths

Book sales help to pay for this site. As long as so many tech-interested visitors are here, some of you might be interested in looking at our book Stars Stones and Scholars as the ideal Christmas 2005 gift for the intellect who has everything, is interested in everything, or thinks he knows everything. This is the perfect book to challenge what is known. Click for details.
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Globalization and its Future Consequences

John Mauldin’s Weekly E-Letter of August 5, 2005 at InvestorsInsight presents his book review of The World is Flat, a book by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman dealing with the globally important topic of the growth and extent of globalization.

Mauldin defines globalization as referring “to the increasing economic integration and interdependence of countries” and adds: “Economic globalization in this century has proceeded along two main lines: trade liberalization (the increased circulation of goods) and financial liberalization (the expanded circulation of capital). Friedman starts with insights on the ten forces that flattened the world. Things like: the fall of the Iron Curtain, search engines, out-sourcing and in-sourcing, the development of software which controls supply chains, a wired and wireless world and more”.

I sent Mauldin’s review of Friedman’s book to a good friend who it turns out had already read the book and offered the following perspicacious comments:

“Yup. I read the book and enjoyed it despite being somewhat put off by Friedman’s smooth-tongued assertions.

Mauldin states that “The shift from a US-Centric world to a more balanced world is going to create a great deal of pain and opportunity, but when the world does sort it out (and it will, if not easily!) we will have a more balanced world economy.” If wishes were horses!

And there’s the rub: the peaceful attainment of this so-called balanced economy, imho, remains very much in doubt. History teaches us that the competition for resources has often been the cause of some of the worlds great conflagrations…

And who’s to say that our competitive partners are prepared to view the world quite the same way we do. (After all, Friedman’s observations, are very self-serving and very US-centric).

– CaryGee”

There is lots of food for thought in those terse but incisive statements.

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Megaliths and Evidence

We find that the archaeologists largely ignore megalithic sites because they are simply unable to deal with this evidence of ancient man’s culture. The mainstream simply has no clue.

As one can see at Yahoo,

our book on the megaliths,
Stars Stones and Scholars: The Decipherment of the Megaliths as an Ancient Survey of the Earth by Astronomy

is currently ranked Nr. 1 at Yahoo!
out of 415 thousand hits for the search term “megaliths”.

In interpreting the megaliths, the major issue is:
Evidence vs. Mainstream (Unfounded) Opinion.

Yahoo Search Internet Law

This is simply the case of the application of normal legal research skills to a previously unsolved problem of archaeology, a discipline in which academic standing tends to rule the game and where actual evidence and proof and sound research appear to be disturbances of the status quo.

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Bookless Digital Libraries of the Future and the Law

The bookless digital libraries of the future are already on their way. CNET’s Stefanie Olsen writes in ZDNET News on “The college library of tomorrow” that book digitization has been well under way for some time, but that the major problem in digitizing books is the law:

“Yet the biggest challenge to digitizing libraries are the concerns of publishers and intellectual property rights holders. Copyright laws have changed over time and can be different outside the United States. As a result, many book-digitization projects must entail copious amounts of time researching the rights of works and obtaining permissions.”

Here again, sensible legislation concerning this inevitable development is once again lacking in the US Congress and elsewhere among the world’s civilized nations.

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