Technology: Stephen Bour

Technology Untangled: Fujitsu document scanner is ideal small law office tool

June 14, 2017
Stephen Bour
I searched Amazon for Fujitsu scanners and was pleased to see that the ScanSnap iX500 is the Amazon Number One Best Seller in computer scanners.
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Tech Untangled: Signal Private Messenger provides encrypted texting and more

May 3, 2017
Stephen Bour
I was looking for an easy-to-use encrypted messaging app specifically for texting, and Signal popped up on several searches.
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Technology Untangled: Sideline app adds second line to your smartphone

March 8, 2017
Stephen Bour
I recently ran across an advertisement for an app that allows you to add a separate phone line to your existing smartphone. This idea seemed practical, especially in this age where virtually everyone carries a personal smartphone at all times.
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Technology Untangled: Bluetooth key finder works with your smartphone

December 28, 2016
Stephen Bour
The tracking down of lost keys is a regular ritual in my home. Duplicate keys for newer cars are expensive. That gave me the idea to investigate a low-cost, high-tech method to keep track of that key.
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Bour: Virtual reality for evidence presentation is coming

October 19, 2016
Stephen Bour
Full 360-degree virtual reality offers more than a simple big-screen movie effect. With your headset in place, you are able to look in every direction, all around the scene. What is its usefulness in the legal world?
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Technology Untangled: Yes, they really are tracking your every move

July 27, 2016
Stephen Bour
In my last article, I alerted you to some of the issues involving email privacy and encryption. Today’s article will look at another area of concern regarding privacy: smartphone location tracking and activity logging.
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Technology Untangled: Some thoughts on email security and encryption

June 15, 2016
Stephen Bour
Email security is about more than just keeping attachments secure until they reach the intended destination. There is also the concern about who may be looking at the body of your transmissions along the way.
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Technology Untangled: Streamline Web research with the Pocket app

March 9, 2016
Stephen Bour
The Pocket app allows users to save and organize articles, websites, and videos and have them easily available for viewing later on any device at any time.
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Technology Untangled: New year means time for a new hard drive

December 30, 2015
Stephen Bour
The start of the new year is always a good time to clean up computer files. Hard drive maintenance is often something that goes unattended until it is too late. Today’s article will describe an instance where I took some of my own advice and replaced and upgraded a hard drive before it failed.
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Technology Untangled: Making good use of older technology

October 21, 2015
Stephen Bour
Sometimes there is wisdom in making better use of things we already have or in choosing gently used items. This article will look at some recent examples of where I chose not to automatically go with the newest technology and will detail how those choices worked out.
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Tech Untangled: Personal cloud storage device provides subscription alternative

July 29, 2015
Stephen Bour
Retaining your important data exclusively on the hard drive of your computer is a recipe for disaster. To assist you, there are myriad subscription data backup services available today, such as Carbonite and iDrive.
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Technology Untangled: Can software save money on printer ink?

June 17, 2015
Stephen Bour
There is some evidence suggesting that simply using a different font could save significant volumes of ink.
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Technology Untangled: Remember this useful tip for fixing a computer

May 6, 2015
Stephen Bour
There is always so much new information to learn and absorb when utilizing and maintaining your computer. Sometimes, though, you can forget about some of the really good things you already know (or knew). After digging deep into a recent computer problem that appeared to be a major issue, I remembered to try an easy fix.
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Technology Untangled: Meet face-to-face with these free video-chat apps

March 11, 2015
Stephen Bour
This article will look at Firefox Hello and compare it to the similar GoToMeeting.
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Technology Untangled: Apps for safe travels and finding lost phones

December 17, 2014
Stephen Bour
Today we will look at two smartphone applications that could be helpful to you this holiday season.
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Technology Untangled: Document scanning in the palm of your hand

October 8, 2014
Stephen Bour
Today we will look at an application that allows your smartphone to function as a surprisingly capable portable document scanner, capturing images of higher quality and much greater utility than a typical .JPG photo capture.
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Technology Untangled: Regain some Internet privacy and anonymity

July 16, 2014
Stephen Bour
While no one should operate under the illusion that total Internet privacy is obtainable, there are at least a few things you can do to keep from being a complete open book when using the Internet.
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Technology Untangled: Make sure Windows 8.1 computer can play DVD movies

June 4, 2014
Stephen Bour
Microsoft does not include DVD player software as a standard feature of Windows 8.1! Today’s article serves as both a caution and as an explanation about this DVD player issue.
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Technology Untangled: Google Chromecast designed for entertainment, not business

April 23, 2014
Stephen Bour
Today we will look at an inexpensive device from Google designed to facilitate video streaming.
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Technology Untangled: Windows 8.1’s good points bundled with annoyances

February 26, 2014
Stephen Bour
If you read no further than this paragraph, here is the most important advice I have to offer. Be sure to choose a laptop that has a touch-enabled screen. Windows 8.1 is clearly designed to work best with a 10-point multi-touch screen.
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Technology Untangled: Transfer photos and files between devices with just a bump

December 18, 2013
Stephen Bour
Today we will look at a cross-platform application called Bump.
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Technology Untangled: Versatile conference calling available with Spiderphone

October 9, 2013
Stephen Bour
Spiderphone sounds like the hotline for that imaginary masked superhero. It is, instead, a useful and inexpensive Web-assisted telephone conferencing system that makes it easy to set up and conduct multiple-caller speakerphone meetings.
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Technology Untangled: GoToMyPC for iPad or Android has some shortcomings

July 17, 2013
Stephen Bour
Today’s article will look at lightening the travel load by using an iPad to remotely access your computers back at home and the office. This is accomplished with the mobile device versions of GoToMyPC.
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Technology Untangled: GoPro action cam for work and summer fun

June 5, 2013
Stephen Bour
The summer vacation season is upon us, so today’s article will review a camera that you may find both useful and fun for your summer adventures. This camera is also useful for video documentation functions at work. It provides a superior video to the typical cell phone.
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Technology Untangled: Display your iPad on the big screen at trial

May 8, 2013
Stephen Bour
The iPad is a convenient and useful personal device for many daily work (and play) activities. However, when it comes time to show what is on your 9.7-inch screen and share it with others, the iPad can use a little help.
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  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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