June 2010

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Interview with Peter Jackson, Chief Scientist & Vice President of Technology at Thomson Reuters

June 24, 2010

By Jason Wilson My interview with Peter Jackson is up on Slaw.ca here. Jackson offers up a number of insights into the history of WestSearch, aspects of state of the art in legal search, and his take on the Steve Jobs’ affect. It was a fun interview with a great guy, and I think you’ll [...]

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On progress: From Underwoods, to Selectrics, to desktop computers.

June 24, 2010

By Jason Wilson This is a continuation on my series dedicated to bad ad copy I wrote back in the mid to late 90s. I hope you enjoy it. Tap. Tap. Tap-tap. Tappety-tap.  Ding! These are familiar sounds to those of us old enough to remember them.  Two fingers laboring away on a manual typewriter [...]

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On the importance of size, weight, and smell.

June 22, 2010

By Jason Wilson For the rest of the week, I will be posting some ad copy I wrote back in the mid to late 90s after the J. Peterman episodes ran on Seinfeld. None of this ever made the light of day, but I hope it gives you some sense of how I feel about [...]

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Toward mouselessness.

June 18, 2010

By Jason Wilson For power users, the idea of going mouseless is nothing new. For consumers (READ: lawyers) though, it is a significant change. Most people haven’t and wouldn’t see the need in adopting the “no duh!” shortcuts of advanced computer users. Sure, sure, we will acknowledge that keyboard shortcuts are probably more efficient, but [...]

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What sh*t can Sam Halpern teach us?

June 11, 2010

By Jason Wilson Listen, I don’t want to stifle your creativity, but that thing you built there, it looks like a pile of shit. From Sh*t My Dad Says, by Justin Halpern I’ve been following Justin Halpern on Twitter for sometime, and I just read his book this past Saturday. As a child and as [...]

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iOS4, folders & the race for an eBook app.

June 11, 2010

By Jason Wilson With the release of iOS4 on the horizon for both the iPhone, and then this Fall, the iTouch and iPad, users will be able to create folders of related content, say for “law.” By dragging one app on top of another, you can create a single folder containing them both and any [...]

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The fate of nontextual elements in case law.

June 4, 2010

By Jason Wilson I read with great interest this week Daniel Poulin’s post on Slaw discussing “Illustrated Judgments.” This column is about … the growing presence of non-textual elements in the judicial discourse. Reference to video and eventually inclusion of videos in judgments are certainly the more spectacular innovations, however, inclusion of images or graphical [...]

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