Tips for Paralegals and Litigation Support Professionals – September 2022 | Association of Certified Electronic Discovery Specialists (ACEDS)

03/09/2022 – LINE CONDITIONERS Most people will have used a power strip with a surge protector at some point – this will cut off an electrical current when the power gets too high. If you

03/09/2022 – LINE CONDITIONERS

Most people will have used a power strip with a surge protector at some point – this will cut off an electrical current when the power gets too high.

If you are installing AV equipment in a courtroom or other building with an older electrical system, it may be a good idea to also use a line (or power) conditioner that will control the voltage received by the equipment. More modern electrical systems will have line conditioners built in, but many older installations will not.

Low voltage drops will put pressure on electrical devices and cause them to fail. A line conditioner will keep the voltage within a safe range.

A typical line conditioner will look like this pattern:

Power cords from multiple laptops, printers, and other devices can be plugged into the line conditioner, and the line conditioner’s power cord will plug into a wall outlet.

The line conditioner should have warning lights that indicate when the power is too high or too low.

09/09/2022 – AT TRIAL . . .

I just started a two month trial, so I only have time for a few quick tips:

  • your Apple Watch can still receive a phone call when your iPhone is turned off. Remove it from wifi to prevent it from disturbing.
  • stamping exhibits with page-level numbering can remove bookmarks.
  • OnCue seems to be the most popular electronic presentation software among test techs these days due to its superior video clip editing tools.

09/18/2022 – USB TO SERIAL CABLE ADAPTERS

Many court reporters still use serial cables to send real-time feeds to lawyers’ laptops in court. Since few laptops made in recent years will have a serial port, an adapter will be needed.

However, as I noticed recently while setting up AV equipment for a trial in New York State court, these adapters will not be “plug and play”. You’ll need the correct drivers which may not be easy to locate online, especially if you’re stuck with an adapter with no brand or model number.

Bring your own adapters and keep the disk with the drivers! This technological anachronism may not be made by a company that displays them on the web!

09/24/2022 – ZIP FILE ERROR: THE DESTINATION FILE COULD NOT BE CREATED

When opening an encrypted zip file in Windows Explorer, you may receive an error message that a destination file could not be created.

While this can happen if you try to check out files to a directory that you don’t have read/write permissions to, it can also be because Windows Explorer can’t prompt the user to enter a password. Tonight when I ran into this problem, I tried opening the file in 7Zip which asked me for a password, and I was able to successfully extract and open the zipped files.

09/30/2022 – ADF DETECTION IN NAPS

The tip of the night on October 11, 2020 dealt with the open source program that can be used with almost any scanner, Not Another PDF Scanner (NAPS).

When using this app to access document scanner options, you must select the “Use Native UI” radial button.

When this option is selected after clicking the scan play button, a dialog box is displayed allowing you to choose between using the ADF or the flatbed; select the color format; and designate the image file type.

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