New Season Begins: Back in “Big Law”

April 2, 2015 was my first day back in “Big Law”. I am now the Help Desk and Training Manager at a firm in my hometown, Birmingham, AL.

Although contracting has been great, this is a wonderful opportunity and I am working with some great folks that I have worked with before.

I love writing and hope to have some compelling content for you in the not too distant future.

WARNING: Multi-factor Authentication Is Not Ready For Mainstream

Heard the horror stories of people like Mat Honan being hacked? Like me you may have even had the “pleasure” of someone compromising your debit card (or worse). Not fun.

Featured image from iStock.

With that in mind, a couple of days ago I was very excited to dive again into Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and write a really awesome post about how easy and effective it has become. Boy was I wrong. In this post I share with you why I think it’s not worth it (in most cases) and what you can do instead.

The Little Known iPad Keyboard You’ll Love

Have you ever spent money trying to turn your iPad into a productivity tool only to find that money was wasted? I have too. My search led me to the keyboard reviewed in this post.

iPad Keyboard You’ll Love

I’ve been happily using it since 2012. With the keyboard, I am nearly always as productive using my iPad as my laptop (and it’s much easier to travel with).

Please Take My 2014 Reader Survey

I want to make my site better and more relevant to you. To do that, I need to know more about you. So, I’ve created my 2014 Reader Survey.

2014 Reader Survey

Would you please take a minute or two to fill out the survey? It’s only 7 questions on 1 page. I would really appreciate it and it would benefit you because it would help me tailor my content to your interests.

Yes, I am Happy to Help. Take Me to the Survey!

Thanks in advance for your help.


3 Steps to Producing Powerful Passwords

What do you do when that dreaded moment comes when you have to come up with another password? Maybe they are out there but I don’t know anyone who thinks coming up with passwords and remembering them is fun.

Producing Powerful Passwords

On the one hand, if you use a password that is easy to remember it will likely be easy to hack (and probably won’t meet the password requirements). On the other hand, if you use a complicated password it will be difficult to remember. Let’s take a look at how you can easily balance these two tensions by using a proven 3 step method.

Social Image Resizer Tool is a free, easy to use utility for converting your images into profile pictures, icons or banners.

Social Image Resizer Tool

Do you ever get frustrated trying to format an image for your Facebook, Twitter, or other site’s picture or header? Me too. I’m not sure how many times I tried to format my Twitter header and gave up. But using this tool . . . success! It is easy to use and supports images sizes for Facebook, Titter, Google+, and Favicons.

4 Strategies for Maximizing Your Training Dollars

Strategy 1: Understand the Big Picture

Neither you nor your firm wants to spend money on training. However, spending too little can be just as costly as spending too much. Your firm has two sustainable competitive advantages: your people and your clients. In addition, you have a major investment in technology.

If you don’t spend the right amount on training, you will never maximize that investment. The legal market continues to be more and more competitive. Spending the right amount on training and getting the most from it helps you remain competitive.

In the long run, what can happen if you don’t?

Are You Dying the Death of a 1000 Micro-Payments?

Do you have a nagging sense that all those $7.99, $9.99, etc. monthly “services” are taking a significant toll on your checking account (and complicating your life)? Me too.

Are You Dying a Death of a 1000 Micro-Payments?

In this post find out how you can score a quick win, avoid shooting yourself in the foot, and commit to stop (or at least slow) “Death by a 1000 Micro-Payments”.