Manage More with These Great Sites
by Reba J. Nance
Check out these sites and see how they can save you time, money, and effort.
? The Wayback Machine at Internet Archive
Have you ever gone to a website, only to find that it’s no longer on the Internet? Have you wondered what a particular website looked like in 1999? Gone is never gone. The Wayback Machine is a service that allows you to visit an archived version of a website. All you need to do is type in a URL and select the date. Then a copy of the website, as it existed on that date, comes up!
? Martindale Calculators
Martindale Calculators has been around for a long time and it’s one of my all-time favorite sites. The portal touts links to 23,825 calculators, spreadsheets, and applets to calculate things as diverse as blood alcohol content, schedules for firefighters who work one 24-hour day on and two days off, or estate taxes. This site has a link to a calculator for anything you can think of (and some things you’d never think of).
? ABA Law Practice Magazine
I served on the magazine’s board for several years, and I know first-hand this is one site you shouldn’t miss. Did you know you can access the entire archive of Law Practice Magazine issues online? The magazine contains law practice management articles written by some of the foremost experts in the country. This site is valuable whether you are a solo or with a larger firm. You don’t have to be an ABA member and can access the newer issues at no cost.
This site has a little bit of everything, including excellent how-to tips and technology guides. Be sure to check out How to Make Your Own Podcast For Free at www.makeuseof.com/tag/podcast-free/ and 8 Awesome Websites to Take Free College Courses Online at www.makeuseof.com/tag/8-awesome-websites-free-college-courses-online.
? Microsoft Office Templates
Microsoft’s site allows you to search for and download templates for use in an Office application, such as Word or Excel. You can browse based on categories, or you can use the search box at the top of the page. There’s an added bonus to using these: as you look at the templates, remember that these are downloadable and you can revise them yourself. This is important because you might see a template with the exact layout you want, including graphics, colors, and lines. Simply download the template with the correct layout and format, and then change the text to whatever you want.
? 148 Apps
This site is dedicated to reviewing iPhone and iPad apps. It features the top 148 apps of all time, the top 148 free apps, the top 148 paid apps, price drops, reviews, a blog, and much more. Definitely worth a look.
? Android Apps
With app categories as varied as productivity, sports, GPS, tools, travel, utilities, and more, there is bound to be something for everyone. You also can subscribe to the site’s RSS feed. Many experts believe the number of Droid users will soon surpass the number of iPhone users.
This free online meeting service allows for up to 10 participants at a time. You can switch presenters and it offers remote keyboard and mouse control. There is no integrated phone conferencing, but it works with Mac or PCs. Like WebEx—but free!
? Macs in the Law Office
The Mac Lawyer
If you’re a Mac user, this site contains everything you could possibly want or need, including "How Do I …"
I counted links to four stand-alone accounting programs, seven Web-based time tracking services, and 32 time and billing software programs.
Lynda features online software training. The site touts instant access to more than 54,000 online video tutorials. A recent check for Windows 7 classes included Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 (one hour, six minutes) and Windows 7 Essential Training (six hours, 34 minutes). The titles are further broken down into specific topics, along with the run time. For instance, the Windows 7 Essential Training includes a session on music, photos and video (24 minutes, 44 seconds). If you’re not interested, you can simply skip that and choose a different session. There is training for 26 software applications beginning with the letter A alone! The price is rock bottom—$25 a month (no long-term commitment) for unlimited access. You can save money by choosing the Annual Plan for $250 a year (a $50 saving). For $37.50 a month, you can sign up for the month premium plan, which includes exercise files.
Reba J. Nance is the Director of Legal Practice and Risk Management for the Colorado Bar Association.