The Spring 2004 edition of Class Action, the Association of Wisconsin Legal Administrators newsletter, has a nice article entitled “Are Wisconsin Administrative Decisions Available Online??” The article, written by Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin member, Carol Schmitt, gives tips on where to find decisions by agency.
PCWorld has an interesting article about a virus that can infect cellular phones.
“[The virus] spreads between mobile phones using a specially formatted Symbian operating system distribution (or SIS) file disguised as a security management utility… Once it has infected a mobile phone, [the virus] scans for other phones using Bluetooth wireless technology, then sends a copy of itself to the first vulnerable phone it finds”
Source: TVC Alert
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A new tool from Thumbshots Ranking allows you to perform your own comparisons of selected popular search engines. Results are displayed visually, making it easy to see both the rankings and comparative positions of pages in search engine results.
Search engine guru, Greg Notess, has run tests with the tool and discovered that the major search engines have surprisingly little overlap, even for popular search terms.
From: Search Engine Watch
LawLibTech has a nice summary of the buzz surrounding Gmail, a free web based email service from Google. Gmail accounts (if you can get one) offer an extremely large amount of space (1 gigabyte) and include a robust search engine for sifting through your messages.
The catch, one that has privacy groups worried, is that Google scans the text of your messages and delivers ads based on the keywords it finds.
Not new, but worth repeating:
Listen to live streaming audio of the Supreme Court Oral Arguments. Please note that this feature is only available for arguments heard in the Supreme Court Hearing Room in Madison. See the Monthly Oral Argument Schedule for date and time of upcoming oral arguments.
From the Wisconsin Court System Website
It appears that the Wisconsin Revisor of Statutes Bureau has plans to digitize all laws and statutes back to 1848 as well as prior versions of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. A definite schedule is not in place, however.
According to Bruce Hoesly at the RSB:
Basically we are scanning pages as time allows. We already have scanned the Acts back to 1969 and those are available on the internet. We also will be scanning administrative code and rule orders. Statutes will be going up volume by volume as they are completed rather than one chunk. As statutes get done they will be added to the list of archived statutes which is already on our website that currently goes back to 1989. (bottom of the left hand column.) Old acts appear on the Wisconsin Acts page
As you may or may not know, the history notes in the online Folio statutes, which go back to the 1971 Laws, are linked to the respective archived acts. And administrative code history sections are linked to all electronic rule orders that are currently available in electronic form, as well as to the registers, which contained the noted changes and those registers are linked to the Admin code text that was replaced. Those links only go back to around 2000, but will be expanded as well.
It may also interest you that we will be adding links from the case annotations in the Folio version of the statutes to Wisconsin appellate cases on the court’s web site. By the end of the year, we expect o have links to all of the cited cases on the court’s web site, which go back to 1995. If at any time the court adds to its archive we will add links.
According to an upcoming report by Delphi Research, over 40% of professionals are spending a large amount of time (7-8 hours per work week) doing computer-based searching.
Not surprisingly, satisfaction levels are quite low with over 60% indicating that they are dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their search experience.
According to an article on Law.com, Fox is planning a new reality series called “The Partner” in which “charismatic young lawyers compete in mock trials/courtroom showdowns on prime-time TV. The last lawyer standing wins a lucrative job at a law firm.”
It appears that NBC will also be jumping on the bandwagon with a similar show produced by David E. Kelley.
Source: Bag and Baggage