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Sean O’Shea: Tips for Paralegals and Litigation Support Professionals – March 2020

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3/1/2020: Quarter Inch Cartridges
Quarter Inch Cartridges can range in size from 20 MB to 40 GB.  Mini-QICs, QIC-40s and QIC-80s can be accessed with a standard floppy drive.

3/2/2020: Powershell script to find unique values
Use the compare-object command in PowerShell to find the unique values two sets.

3/3/2020: Ransomware Attack on Epiq
It may have resulted from the continued use of Windows 7.

3/4/2020: Relativity Collect
Relativity Collect is an application for RelativityOne, which can assist with the collection of email and documents from Office 365.

3/5/2020: D.N.M.: Preservation Order Requires Extreme Caution In iPhone Data Transfers
The Plaintiff’s failure to understand the nature of data transfer was no excuse.  “]T]his ignorance was all the more reason to exercise extreme caution in doing anything that might alter the information stored on the phone.”

3/6/2020: Ablate
The term ablate is used to describe the process of storing data on in unalterable form on an optical disc.

3/7/2020: Differential Back-ups
Differential back-ups are a copying process that only involves new or modified data.

3/8/2020: Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM)
Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) is the auto copying of online files to local storage.

3/9/2020: Image Keys
Image Key is a term used to refer to the name of an image and cross reference to the image’s file in a document load file.

3/10/2020: Lempel-Ziv & Welch
Lempel-Ziv & Welch is a compression method used for TIFF images.

3/11/2020: Kofax Board
A Kofax Board is an interface with document scanner that improves image quality.

3/12/2020: OPT File
OPT file, a file to link Bates Number to path of an image file.

3/13/2020: T3 Connection
A T3 connection is an internet connection running at 44 MB per second.

3/14/2020: Beware of Zombie Cookies
Zombie cookies are cookies outside a browser’s  normal cookie storage location that get recreated after deletion.

3/15/2020: CIA Triad
Note that when you see a reference to the CIA Triad, it’s a reference to the cybersecurity framework and refers to confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

3/16/2020:Verbatim Coding
Verbatim coding is  a term used to refer to manually copying information from documents onto an index, providing an analysis of unstructured data.

3/17/2020: Judgmental Sampling
The term judgmental sampling is used to refer to creation of a subset of documents based on person’s (perhaps a subject matter expert), familiarity with the document set.   It involves a degree of bias in contrast to random sampling.

3/18/2020: Super DLT
A Super DLT is a kind of a magnetic back-up tape.  Super DLT cartridges usually can hold either 110 GB or 300 GB and require a specialized drive to access the data.

3/19/2020: Keep your hotel keycard away from your smartphone
Doing can cause the magnetic stripes on the card to lose their encoding.

3/20/2020: Asymmetrical Encryption
This technique allows anyone to confirm the existence of a Blockchain transaction, but the content of the transaction can only be accessed by the participating parties.

3/21/2020: Bar Chart Races
Flourish online data visualization site lets you easily create bar chart races.

3/22/2020: Garner’s Guide to Making Briefs More Persuasive: Tip 1 – Know Thy Reader
Distill your message on the first page.

3/23/2020: Why email isn’t secure
Microsoft’s documentation for Exchange notes that “This default configuration allows Exchange to provide opportunistic TLS on all inbound and outbound SMTP connections. Exchange attempts to encrypt the SMTP session with an external messaging server, but if the external server doesn’t support TLS encryption, the session is unencrypted.”

3/24/2020: Excel’s EXACT Function
VLOOKUP is not case sensitive, but you can nest EXACT in a LOOKUP formula to do a case sensitive search.

3/25/2020: Make Excel Work Harder by Increasing the Thread Count
In order to confirm that you’re getting as much juice out of Excel as your computer can give, increase the thread settings.  Go to File . . . Options . . . Advanced . . . and scroll down to the Formulas section.

3/26/2020: Sorting Rows in Excel
A macro to sort data on an Excel worksheet by rows instead of columns.

3/27/2020: D.C. Circuit Bill of Costs Ruling: Hosting and Processing Not Covered by § 1920
1920 only “authorizes taxation of costs for the digital equivalent of a law-firm associate photocopying documents to be produced to opposing counsel.”

3/28/2020: Garner’s Guide to Making Briefs More Persuasive: Tip 2 – Plan every writing project by breaking it up – and carry it out in stages.
Use the Flowers Paradigm – Madman, Architect, Carpenter, Judge – when preparing a brief.

3/29/2020: Garner’s Guide to Making Briefs More Persuasive: Tip 3 – When first working on a writing project, let your madman run loose
Take copious notes while trying to come up with imaginative approaches for conveying your argument.

3/30/2020: Azure vs. COVID-19
Demand for Azure cloud services has increased by 775% in areas effected by orders requiring social distancing.

3/31/2020: Zoom Bombing
Use the waiting room feature to control who can enter your zoom meeting.

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Sean O'Shea
Litigation Paralegal
Sean O’Shea began working as a litigation support analyst at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP in 1998, near the dawn of the electronic discovery era. From assisting clients with the implementation of information governance policies, to conducting electronic presentations for attorneys at trials, he has been involved in all aspects of litigation support work. Sean is a Relativity Certified Administrator and an ACEDS Certified E-Discovery Specialist. He’s currently employed as a litigation paralegal in New York City, and continues to advise attorneys on legal technology. Look for a new tip on each night on www.litigationsupporttipofthenight.com.

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