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it’s about time (and billing)

Its About Time (and Billing)

It's About Time (and Billing)

Chrometa - Automated Timekeeping

Chrometa - Automated Timekeeping

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Thursday, June 18, 2009
2:00 PM Eastern/1:00 PM Central/12:00 PM Pacific
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Mazy Hedayat – Legal technology writer and practicing attorney
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ABA TechShow: The Video

Live from TechShow 2009 ...

Live from TechShow 2009 ...


Thought I’d share some choice video from TechShow 2009 featuring all 4 of the Best of Show winners that I wrote up in TechnoLawyer, plus interviews with some of my heroes such as Bob Ambrogi, Jay Funeberg, and Kevin O’Keefe, as well as sightings of legal blogging all-stars like Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighelle. I’m still excited.  


See related videos here and find me on YouTube as practicehacker

ABA TechShow 2009 – Short and SaaSy

Were the ABA Damnit!

We're the ABA Damnit! We own you!

This was my 10th year at ABA Technology Show in Chicago. This year was particularly cool.  Here’s why:

Meeting The Heavies: To me, seeing people like Dennis Kennedy, Tom Mighelle, Bob Ambrogi, Jim Calloway, Kevin O’Keefe, Brett Burney, Andy Atkins, Jay Foonberg (!) and the rest of my pretend blog friends … I mean pretend LinkedIn friends … is like reconnecting with long lost relatives. Exciting and a little intimidating. But all of them were really great and down to earth. Except that Kennedy. Such a prima donna. I kid, I kid.

Meeting Canadians: Who can forget meeting the Great Librarian of Upper Canada! Beat that. Then there was Phil of the Future (my name for him), Steve Matthews (nice guy), Brett Burney (I think he’s Canadian), Dominic Jaar (vive la Quebec libre!), the boys from Clio (or as I called them, the Booth Babes), and a host of other talent from the Great White North. It was great to meet you all: now go back where the ice doesn’t melt until July.

Technology Becoming Accepted: This year for the first time in memory I noticed a preponderance of grey hairs and the careful gait of partners scoping out potential buys for their offices.  This was not the brash, flash-in-the-pan TechShow of the late-90’s in which the Internet was decried as a fad.

SaaS, Saas, and more Saas: Software as a service was all over the place, and by next year it will be pervasive. This year I was knocked out by the number and variety of kick-ass SaaS providers at the show including Clio, RocketMatter, and VLO Tech. Clio was my hands-down favorite for a number of reasons – I intend to use it in my own practice. Whatever your cup of tea, the idea of throwing away the IT department in favor of the Cloud is gaining traction fast.

Less is … Less: One lamentable fact about this  year’s show – there was less of it than I’ve seen in a long time. Another casualty of the economy I’d say, but we shouldn’t overlook the fact that many legal technology vendors have been slaves to profit instead of boosters for innovation and the slow economy is making it painfully apparent what a royal screw job they’ve been giving lawyers all these years. Many players couldn’t make it ? Good riddance to bad company.

Other than that however, it was a great experience as always and one that I heartily recommend to one and all. If you haven’t been to TechShow, go there. If you have, come back. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

For more coverage see my SmallLaw Column in TechnoLawyer.

Check out Twitter coverage of TechShow.

As always, I’d love your thoughts. E-mail me at mhedayat[at] or tweet me @practichacker.

ttyl 🙂

A Glimpse Into the Mobile Future … Thanks to GigaOM

GigaOm with Om Malik

GigaOm with Om Malik


See the original post here to find out more about a spiffy little contest being run by the chic-geeks over at GigaOM – their goal is to uncover tomorrow’s cool mobile applications today. Yeah … that’ll happen. Thus far these companies have made the cut. But the competition continues. At least according to the GigaOM site.

Fonemesh: a software maker for the “wi-fi mesh” (i.e. when cell-phones learn to talk to one another and to the surrounding computers, printers, and smart appliances, this company’s software will be there … they say) 

Tunewiki: Groups of people collaborate to transcribe lyrics for songs and correct mistakes. This sounds like a mobile transcription application waiting to be introduced to the legal market.

Heysan: An instant-message (IM) system tricked-out especially for mobile devices like phones, iPod touch, BlackBerry, etc. We don’t have enough of these already? 

Pinch Media: Analytics for iPhone applications. There’s always money to be made analyzing what people want, what they watch, what they do, etc. And going to the mobile handset market is the logical choice.

Fonolo: A tool that makes calling customer support or your bank a little more bearable (I haven’t seen it yet but I bet it allows you to hang up then rings you when a real person comes back on the line). I could see this working in a lot of ways.

Skyfire: A mobile browser that does everything a desktop browser will do, including Ajax and Flash. This goes in the “I’ll believe it when I see it” category.

Zecter: For sharing your media from the desktop and the cloud to your phone or mobile device. Again I ask … don’t we already have this in at least 2 flavors? MobileMe for Apple iPhone and LiveMesh for Windows mobile devices. So this company adds value how?

LuckyCal: It turns your calendar into a hub for your mobile life. Whatever. No comment

MotionDSP: Technology that helps clean up videos and make them more watchable on mobiles. Okay.

Cumulux: Super-stealth mode. You have to come to the conference to get the low down.

Placethings: A mobile media platform that allows people to create and interact with place-based media from their mobile device.

Fusion Garage Project: A browser-based mobile OS that ties it to web services.

Tapulous: iPhone games that strategically utilize the social network embodied in the phone.

ABA TechShow 2008 – presentation materials available

AI – Advanced IT/Security
CR – Client Relationships
ED – E-Discovery
GG Going Green
IN – Internet
LF – Large Firm / Corporate Counsel
LT – Litigation
MA – Mac Track
MO – Microsoft Office
MT – Mobile Technology
PO – Paperless Office
RM – Records Management
RT – Roundtables
SSI – Solo / Small Firm I
SSII – Solo / Small Firm II
SM – Show Me How

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never too early

ABA TechShow 2008
sure, it’s January and this year’s ABA Legal Technology Show (techshow) isn’t until March 13. but even if you’re not a technology geek like me you can still learn a lot from the annual summit of lawyers, vendors, salespeople, IT, and support staff that is techshow. personally, I always find something new there; and this year promises to be a watershed because the show is being chaired by legal blogger Tom Mighell of  inter alia. the fact that a seminal blogger like Tom is the chair of the planning board shows where the ABA’s head is these days (and it’s in a good place). so for those intrepid souls who are interested I humbly present a few things we can do now to get more out of this year’s show

guess that about sums it up for the moment. I’m looking forward to an exciting show this year!

oh, it’s ON now … Silicon Prairie, that is

What: Silicon Prairie Social
When: Thursday, January 24, 2008 6:30 PM
Where: Mullens Bar & Grill 

3080 Warrenville RoadLisle, Illinois 60532 United States

Well, it’s almost that time of year again when members of the Web 2.0, Internet, High-Tech, Software, and Mobile industries in the southwest suburbs have a stiff drink and brave the final frontier: human contact. So don’t just sit there reading this post; sign up to be part of the action at the second official Silicon Prairie Social on Thursday, January 24 at Mullen’s Bar & Grill (directions via Google maps).


BONUS: If you kicked yourself for missing the slamming good time I blogged about in this post then this is your chance to relive those glory days. Plus, mention M. Hedayat + Associates, P.C. (we’re a sponsor this time) to get it free! Or don’t and get in free anyway. It’s really your call.


RSVP hereThe event is free and an RSVP is required, so sign up now – space is limited.