Author Archive: Phillip Bohl

Construction Update: Crosswalk Lighting Install 9/30-10/4

Streetlight Installation for School of Law

Please note that street lights will be installed near the crosswalk by the entrance to the School of Law’s Faculty/Staff parking lot as well as at the crosswalk nearest the School of Law cafeteria.

The work will take place during the week of September 30, 2013.  The street will remain open during the work but some lanes may require periodic closures.  Please be alert to traffic control signage and flagmen.

Computer Repair

While the School of Law does not do take-it-apart repairs the Information Services laptoprepairstaff can help trouble shoot problems you may have with your laptop computer.  For services beyond help with configuration of your hardware or software or basic trouble-shooting we strongly recommend that you work with a trusted repair vendor.

We at the School of Law strongly recommend Dell Latitude laptops for those of you who prefer the Windows operating system.  Dell Latitudes are, in our experience, unusually reliable and are designed for a corporate enterprise market.  They are certainly not perfect but we find them to be a good buy for the long haul (can you say “three years of law school?”).  Dell support can be reached through their online site or at 1-866-795-5597 for consumer technical support.

Pepperdine University IT provides limited hardware support though TechCentral.  If you have a Mac computer, we strongly recommend the area Apple Stores for your hardware support needs.  Additionally, there are local Best Buy stores that provide computer repair assistance including their famous GEEK SQUAD.

A nice resource that Dell offers is a page with links to a large number of non-dell manufacturers’ support sites.  We recommend this site for those of you who may have questions or trouble with hardware from another manufacturer.

Bottom LIne: As a law student, you don’t want to deal with a faulty computer.  We highly recommend spending a little more up front to ensure that you get a reliable system that will not be a source of worry for you during your time of study in law school.

We recommend Dell and Apple products without prejudice to other manufacturers.

Too keep your system in top shape and to prepare for the semester ahead, we recommend reading our posts on this topic:

New LexisNexis App for iPad

For those of you who are in law practice or hope to be in the near future, it is becoming clear that you will want to exercise every advantage you can to make your contributions as a lawyer as competitive and innovative as you can.

As in many professions, the use of technology to leverage your skills to greater efficiency is a boon to law practice.

Lexis and Westlaw and now Bloomberg Law are anxious to stay relevant in a world that is in an app frenzy.  Not to say that many apps are not valuable, in fact there are myriad apps that address specific needs very well.

Lexis Nexis’ release of TextMap for iPad leverages this mobile platform for those reviewing transcripts in TextMap  6.2 .  If you are not familiar with TextMap, it is a transcript summary tool most commonly used for summarizing deposition transcripts.

This product is a far cry from what we used for deposition summaries back in the early 1990’s when I was a young law student looking for extra work … “Depo summaries my boy!  That’s what you should do!”  At least we had WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS back then — much better than a manual typewriter — I’m not THAT old.  But in the end it was high pay, highly manual, and high eye strain!  A terrific combination!  I couldn’t hack it.

Facts of life: There will be depositions in law practice.  Where there are depositions, there will be transcripts.  Where there are transcripts there will be transcript summaries.

Yes, you can hire someone to take the transcripts for you but in the end, every party needs their own depo summaries.  Who’s gong to summarize your depo transcripts?  You?  Get a tool.  TextMap is a popular solution and now with the iPad app, you can do it on the run (while you are sitting in the hall outside the courtroom waiting for the next thing to happen).

This is not an endorsement for TextMap.  Think of it as more of an endorsement of getting tools that work for you.  In the end, I found that I wasn’t cut out for depo summaries at all so I’m hardly the person to recommend any product in this area BUT if it makes it easier, I’m a fan.  It’s certainly worth a look.

Screenshot of TextMap for iPad

Daily Finance: LexisNexis TextMap App for iPad Allows Litigators to Review Transcripts Anytime, Anywhere

Law Technology News: LexisNexis App Reviews Transcripts on iPad

 

 

InfoComm 2012 — a Audio Visual Candy Shop

I just returned from InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas.  Having attended technology trade shows pretty steadily for nearly twenty years, I can say this was not anywhere near the biggest I’ve seen or even the most amazing but it was easily as interesting and valuable.

As I have posted on this blog before, we recently received a generous grant from Pepperdine’s central administration to update our classroom technology.  With that grant in mind, it seemed like a no-brainer to attend the AV industry’s top convention and exposition.

I spent a great deal of time in the Crestron booth (many in the industry noted with concern that one of the oldest and largest AV component manufacturer’s, Extron, chose to not host a booth this year) learning about their latest offerings, especially their new lecture capture system that is impossibly easy to use. Crestron specializes on control systems and other electronics related to AV; competing directly with Extron and AMX.  These three companies are the top three in AV control systems.

One of the brightest spots in my brief time at InfoComm 2012 was my meeting with Mr. Mark Valenti of the Sextant Group, a leading AV Consulting firm.  I first met Mr. Valenti a few months back at the ABA Bricks, Bytes, and Continuous Renovation conference in San Diego where he presented on the future of learning spaces.  After a brief conversation about what we’re planning to do in our classrooms here at Pepperdine, Mr. Valenti took me on a cook’s tour of the show and introduced me to some very helpful people and some very interesting technologies.

Interesting technologies?

Tidebreak’s TeamSpot
TeamSpot

TeamSpot enables seamless collaboration on a large shared display between multiple devices.

Sharp 90″ LED
Sharp 90" LED Display

No need for expensive projector and screen installs with the newest 90″ LED display from Sharp!

Crestron Capture LiveHD

Crestron Lecture Capture

Affordable lecture capture from Crestron. It’s easy to use and has no recurring fees!

Floor Outlets in the Smith Atrium

Welcome back students!

I hope you had a relaxing and fruitful break and are ready to get back into action now.  As you may have noticed, there have been a couple of changes around the school.  The most noticeable would be the new carpet and new furniture in the lounge area downstairs.  There has also been the installation of new electrical outlets in the Atrium floor.  They look like this:

New Outlets in the Law School's Smith Atrium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The middle section is vacant space, please do not open these ports or insert anything in this area:Nothing to see here!

 

 

 

 

 

To use a power outlet, just pull back the spring-loaded plastic cover to provide access for your power plug, and plug it in, as seen in the picture below:

Pull back spring-loaded cover to reveal outlet

Pull back spring-loaded cover to reveal outlet

Server Racks Moved in Record Time

We are thankful that things went very well today with moving the servers to their new server room.

Thanks to David, Gil, and Matt for their devotion to our customers, our systems, and our services.

This afternoon with a pretty small window and short notice we saw an orderly shutdown, disconnections, fiber move, server move, rack placement, reconnections, system restarts, and system verifications … all in under 75 minutes!

I believe it is noteworthy that this is only the third time we have moved our servers since 1998 (two of those time were in the last three weeks).  No real problems with a quick return to all services.

Well done guys!

 

In order from Left to Right:

  1. Old server room (note the 1992 carpet color)
  2. Gil setting things up in the temporary location
  3. New room under construction
  4. New entrance was a closet in the law library
  5. Freshly painted server room ready for occupation!
  6. Moving two rack enclosures at one time
  7. Powering up the systems in the new space

Whiteboards in C, D, and E

Whiteboards for C, D, and E

Whiteboards for C, D, and E

Yes, it finally happened.  Whiteboards in classrooms C, D, and E!  After many struggles with the chalk boards, especially over the past two or three semesters, whiteboard material has been installed in those three classrooms.

We went for a special material called “Walltalkers” from RJF International, a worldwide leader in engineered polymer manufacturing.  This surface is not the same material you see in traditional whiteboard installations which is porcelain over steel or melamine over masonite, rather it is kind of like a high gloss vinyl attached to a flexible substrate that is glued onto the wall or in the case of classrooms C, D, and E glued to the blackboard (after proper surface preparation).

Like any whiteboard, these whiteboards must be maintained with regular cleaning and like any whiteboard, you don’t use permanent markers on them.

We prefer that you use only Quartet branded markers and FELT erasers.

The Eraser preference is related to the fact that the normal whiteboard erasers have sharp corners that could gouge the surface of the walltalker boards — so FELT only please.

Enjoy the whiteboards!