Do Larger Monitors Make You More Productive?

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The Wall Street Journal reports on a recent study that asked whether more screen real estate gave workers the ability to do things faster and better. Workers were given either an 18-inch or 24-inch monitor, and the researchers found that:

People using the 24-inch screen completed the tasks 52% faster than people who used the 18-inch monitor; people who used the two 20-inch monitors were 44% faster than those with the 18-inch ones. There is an upper limit, however: Productivity dropped off again when people used a 26-inch screen.

Interesting findings (albeit funded by a monitor manufacturer)

http://lifehacker.com/367391/do-larger-monitors-make-you-more-productive

 

Robot law

 

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  • BakerHostetler Hires Robot Lawyer ‘Ross’, Ushers In Legal Jobs Apocalypse

 

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Deloitte estimates automation to cut legal sector jobs by 39% over the next two decades

A new report released by Deloitte is warning law firms to prepare for changes as the rise of automation is likely to cut legal sector jobs by 39% over the next two decades.

The report titled ‘Developing legal talent: Stepping into the future law firm’, predicts that more than 100,000 roles in the legal sector will be at risk over the next 20 years as advancements in technology and machines will transform the profession.

According to the report ‘firms must have a clear strategy for dealing with these changes now if they want to remain competitive and ensure they attract the best talent to support their business.’

The report also said the legal profession will be radically different in the next decade, and have ‘fewer traditional lawyers’ and ‘a new mix of skills among the elite lawyers’. In addition, there will be greater flexibility and mobility within the industry, a reformed workforce structure and alternative progression routes, and a greater willingness to source people from other industries with non-traditional skills and training.

Many firms are already amending their models in preparation for the changes to come. In August last year, Dentons’ NextLaw Labs – which was launched to develop new technologies for the legal profession – invested in an IBM Watson app that has the ability to process natural language, so can answer questions, sift through legal documents, research and return an evidence-based answer.

Other firms are streamlining their IT functions; at the end of 2015, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer closed its global IT and helpdesk function in Germany in favour of its new Manchester back-office centre.

RPC director of knowledge management and capability Andrew Woolfson said firms should embrace the advancements. He said: ‘It’s about augmenting lawyerly skills. Software providers and AI gives firms the opportunity to use legal tools that do things and run processes in a much simpler way.’

Woolfson added: ‘The title of legal secretary might change, it may be more of a metric or data analytic role, but it will just be a continuation of where we are today.’

Slaughter and May senior partner Chris Saul commented: ‘Technology is of course playing an increasing role in the provision of legal services. However, clients will surely continue to look for human intermediation of the technology and for bespoke advice from talented lawyers on more complicated matters – making use of evolving technology where appropriate.’

Install or re-install Windows 8.1 (easy steps)

What you Need:

  • USB 4GB or more
  • The Official Microsoft webpage and Bing/Google search

Step 1

  • Google search Microsoft 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation
  • Sign in and Download Microsoft 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation, this is the ISO
  • The ISO is the image of the re-installation disk, on USB. Its roughly 3.5GB

Step 2

  • Google search Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool
  • The USB tool is a bootable flash-drive
  • Download Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool

Step 3 (Skipable)

  • Requires .NET Framework 2.0 (a web installer) to complete Step 2
  • Google search .NET Framework
  • Download .NET Framework 2.0 (Service Pack 2)

Step 4 (or Step 2)

  • Run Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool
  • Point it to the ISO and then to the USB i.e.
    • Browse and select the ISO
    • Select media type – USB or DVD (we used USB)
  • The ISO will be copied to the USB

NOTE: The Evaluation is a Full Windows 90 day trial. With the USB this can be refreshed back to 90 days at any time

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Also try full Windows 8.1

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows8

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