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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Will Blackberry's Be Going Bye-Bye One Day??

CNN ran an interesting story about Blackberry's which readers may find of interest. Blackberry is the leader in the smart phone industry, but recent polls of users indicate that 58% of BB users will buy another phone when it is time to upgrade. 

So, why is this? I can tell you that I am one of those users. I loved the BB keyboard, but the phone was simply slow. The browser was so slow that it was un-useable at times. Yes, it is a wonderful business tool, but other phones today can perform all of the same functions that BB does. 

To me, the most important function is the availability of 4G. I cannot see purchasing a new BB or any smart phone that is not 4 G ready. Currently, that leaves users with only one option-the Sprint Evo 4G which I just love. 

If you use gmail, you also cannot beat the ability to have your calender and email sync in real time with your desktop. BB enterprise users (business phones) had that capability for years, but now anyone with an Android phone can have this tool for free-at least for gmail. 

BB are you listening??

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

August 5, 2010 in Misc., Non-Legal, News | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Free Office Products (Fax and Conference Calls)

There are now several products on the web which allow you to send and receive a fax for free as an email and to make free conference calls via a regular telephone. There are limitations to all of these services, but the are free and I thought I would share them with readers. My favorites are as follows: 

-Send Fax Via Email (www.K7.net)

-Receive Fax Via Email  (www.freefaxbutton.com)

-Free Telephone Conference Calls  (www.FreeConferenceCallHD.com)

I will be adding these links to the left side of my blog for future reference. If anyone has other suggestions that are totally free (not low cost), please comment below.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

July 25, 2010 in Misc., Legal, Misc., Non-Legal, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Most Woman State That They Have a Proper Balance Between Their Work and Personal Life

A recent survey by Kenexa Research Institute indicates that 61% of woman believe that they are able to achieve a proper balance between their work and personal life, more here. The report is based on the analysis of data drawn from a representative sample of 10,000 U.S. workers who were surveyed through WorkTrends™, KRI’s annual survey of worker opinions.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

July 21, 2010 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Review of Sprint HTC EVO™ 4G

I just purchased the Sprint HTC EVO™ 4G smartphone two days ago and I thought it would be helpful to tell my readers why I think they should seriously consider purchasing one. 

This is actually my fourth smart phone (Handspring Communicator, Treo 700, Blackberry Bold 9000) and it is by far the best. I actually loved my BB. So why do I recommend switching? First, the phone is 4G. Even if 4G is not in your area, it probably will be coming soon and even if it is not, the phone is still a compelling choice because: second, it can be used as a WiFi Hot Spot for up to 8 devices. Yeah, I know about PDA Net and Tether for Blackberry, but this is much faster because WiFi is faster than Bluetooth which is the only way either PDA Net or Tether work if you want to go wireless. The Sprint Wi Fi (and I only have 3G in my area) is also faster than the wired PDA Net or Tether (I used both). Third, the Android operating system intergrates into Google. Thus, all of your Contacts in Gmail and all of your Calendar remain in sync at all times. You do not have to do anything. Thus, you can view your calendar on your desk top and you also have an automatic back up of your important data. Don't worry you can also use this phone with just about any other email application and I also check my yahoo mail account with it. Fourth, you can download the fastest browser (skyfire) which is unavailable on BB. There is no comparison with the speed of the Evo to the BB. It has to be about triple (and that's without 4g). Fifth, there is an 8 mega pix  camera and a second, 1.3 front facing camera. camera. Sixth, there are 35, 000 Android apps you can download and thousands are for free. Sixth, and this is big, you can edit google docs in your web browser in real time and save it to the SD card. Seventh, it comes with Sprint Navigation and Sprint TV for free. Sprint Navigation operates like a Garmin with turn by turn directions. Eight, the screen is unbelievable. Finally, Sprint's monthly charges are less than both Verizon and AT & T. This phone is only available with Sprint as the carrier.  

The touch screen takes a bit getting use to. Frankly, I much prefer the BB keyboard, but the other advantages outweigh the lack of a keyboard. If you like the Apple i-phone, you will love this phone. No Android phones come with a Word Processor. This phone comes with Quick Office which allows you to view MS Word documents, but not edit them. To edit documents you have to purchase the full version for $15. Documents to Go does the same thing, but I think that costs about $30.  

I would recommend purchasing it from either Best Buy or Radio Shack for $199. Sprint Stores sell the phone for $299 with a $100 mail in rebate. The phone is very popular at this price point. It is selling so well (the stores regularly sell out and I had to wait 2 weeks for mine), that I would buy it now before the price is raised. 

If any are you in the market for a Smartphone, in my book there is no other choice. 

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

July 11, 2010 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

100 Informative & Inspiring YouTube Videos for Educators

Some readers may find this list of 100 Informative You Tube Videos for Educations helpful. It appears to be geared to both K-12 teachers and college professors.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

Hat Tip: Emma Taylor

July 1, 2010 in Education Law, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

How To Find Out Information About A Particular Job

An over-looked research tool is the Occupational Outlook Handbook. It describes jobs, training  and educational requirements. Most importantly, it provides future employment projections. That can be very valuable to students and non-students looking to change careers. It is published by the U.S. Department of Labor and it is available free of charge.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 24, 2010 in Legal Research, Misc., Legal, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Hofstra University To Establish Medical School

The New York Times reported on June 4, 2010 that Hofstra University has begun to accept applications to its medical school set to open in August 2011. As the article states:

Eventually the school, which is based on Hofstra’s campus in Uniondale, N.Y. and has been in the works since 2007, will expand to 100 students per class. Dr. Smith said he wanted to keep it small to provide “mentoring and a real strong commitment to personal education.”

One advantage for the new medical school is that it is being established in partnership with the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, giving students a built-in place to practice what they learn. The system is one of the New York City area’s largest hospital systems, with 15 hospitals across Long Island, Queens, Staten Island and, as of just last month, when it added Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 11, 2010 in Colleges, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

So How Should You Chose Your Career?

Kids are always asked by adults "what they want to be when they grow up?" Now, the BLS has an excellent web site that kids can check out which describes various jobs and what they pay, here. Though the web site is designed for kids, many adults will find this web site of interest as well.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 8, 2010 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Importance of thank you letters

Contributing Editor James Levy who also writes for our sister blog, Legal Writing Prof Blog, wrote an interesting April 5, 2010 story about the thank you letters and law students. He is following up on this column from lawjobs.com called "Interview Strategies:  A Flawless Follow-up."

Frankly, when I was a student, I use to think that thank you letters were complete waste of time and could do more harm than good. Having sit on the other side of the table for some years now, my views have changed. The thank you letter gives the applicant the opportunity to remind the interviewer of his or her interest and to bring to the firms attention some issue that may have been unclear. Therefore, I now believe in them.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

May 27, 2010 in Misc., Law School, Misc., Legal, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

County Health Rankings

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have put together county health ratings which researchers may find of interest. The report describes these ratings as follows:

This web site provides access to the 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county’s health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also drill down to see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based.

The Rankings are a real “call to action” for state and local health departments to develop broad-based solutions with others in their community so all residents can be healthy. The Rankings team is working with health departments to help them take advantage of the discussions and opportunities that will arise from the release of the Rankings. But efforts will also be made to mobilize community leaders outside the public health sector to take action and invest in programs and policy changes that address barriers to good health and help residents lead healthier lives. That includes education officials; elected and appointed officials, including mayors, governors, health commissioners, city/county councils, legislators, and staff; businesses and employers; the health care sector, and others.

This County Health Rankings Web site will serve as a corner stone of the project, a place where people from all these sectors can find Rankings data, as well as action steps and the latest news about the multiple factors that determine our health.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

May 9, 2010 in Legal Research, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Overqualified, But Happy To Have a Job

Overqualified? yes, but Happy to Have a Job is an interesting March 29, 2010 New York Times article. As the article indicates, it is about people who have to take a job-any job- even though they may be overqualified. As the article states:

Conventional wisdom warns against hiring overqualified candidates like Mr. Carroll, who often find themselves chafing at their new roles. (The posting for his job had specified “bachelor’s degree preferred but not required.”) But four months into his employment, it seems to be working out well for all involved.

It is a situation being repeated across the country as the aspirations of many workers have been recalibrated amid the recession, enabling some companies to reap unexpected rewards.

A result is a new cadre of underemployed workers dotting American companies, occupying slots several rungs below where they are accustomed to working. These are not the more drastic examples of former professionals toiling away at “survival jobs” at Home Depot or Starbucks. They are the former chief financial officer working as comptroller, the onetime marketing director who is back to being an analyst, the former manager who is once again an “individual contributor.”

The phenomenon was probably inevitable in a labor market in which job seekers outnumber openings five to one. Employers are seizing the opportunity to stock up on discounted talent, despite the obvious risks that the new hires will become dissatisfied and leave. “They’re trying to really professionalize this company,” said Mr. Carroll, who is the sole breadwinner for his family of four and had lost his home to foreclosure. “I’ve been able to play a big role in that.”

Though the article indicates that some academic studies indicate that overqualified individuals are more productive, many might question that. Additionally, when the economy improves many of these overqualified individuals may leave.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

March 29, 2010 in Lawyer Employment, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 26, 2010

10 Fastest Growing Jobs

A list of the 10 fastest growing jobs in this country is available here. What is number one?? Bio medical engineers.

Mitchell H.Rubinstein

March 26, 2010 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Medical Schools on The Rise

A Feb. 14, 2010 states that there is an influx in the number of medical schools. For years there has been a shortage and many students had to get their medical education overseas. The full article can be found here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

March 26, 2010 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

PDF Web Sites For Free

PDFmyURL.com will pdf any page on the internet for free. Might be a nice way to save cases and articles.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

March 26, 2010 in Misc., Non-Legal, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

So What Are The Best Smart Phones For Lawyers??

On March 21, 2010, the Today Show, here, ran a piece on the best smart phones. So what are the best smart phones for lawyers. My view is the phone must:

1.    Be a good phone

2.    Have push email which is the ability to get email immediately

3.     Have access to the internet at 3 G speeds

4.    Have GPS so you know where you are at all times

5.    Have the ability to download programs and documents

Most smart phones today will fit these standards-though there are still many phones that do not have 3 G speeds which is a deal breaker for me. So, what do I use? The Blackberry Bold and I love it. Its email capability is simply the best I have ever seen. What do you think and why??

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

March 21, 2010 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Unemployment Remains Unchanged at 9.7%

The New York Times reported on March 5, 2010 that the nations unemployment rate remains unchanged at 9.7%. I am not sure if that is a good sign or a bad sign.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

March 7, 2010 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

100 Useful Social Sites For Every Kind Of Job Seeker

Details and list available here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

March 2, 2010 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Changes to GRE in Store

The December 5, 2009 New York Times, here,  reported that changes are coming to the GRE. It is going to be longer and the grading scale will change as well. The article describes some of the changes as follows:

Although the exam will still include sections on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing, each section is being revised. The new verbal section, for example, will eliminate questions on antonyms and analogies. On the quantitative section, the biggest change will be the addition of an online calculator. The writing section will still have two parts, one asking for a logical analysis and the other seeking an expression of the student’s own views.

“The biggest difference is that the prompts the students will receive will be more focused, meaning that our human raters will know unambiguously that the answer was written in response to the question, not memorized,” said David G. Payne, who heads the G.R.E. program for the testing service.

For security reasons, he said, new content would be introduced and the sequence of questions scrambled every two hours. The new test will be three and a half hours.

Michell H. Rubinstein

December 6, 2009 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pay Cuts And The Economy

When people think of the poor economy and jobs many think of unemployment. While there are scores of people out of work, large numbers of employees also took significant pay cuts in order to remain employed. That important fact is the point of an excellent Oct. 13, 2009 New York Times article, here The article outlines the plight of an airline pilot who took a 50% cut in pay and reduction in rank from captain to first officer in order to remain employed.

Something to think about.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

November 18, 2009 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Excellent Medical Information Site

I recently came across a web site called HealthBase which provides medical and treatment information for various diseases. If you have a medical condition that you would like to learn more about, this site may be very helpful.The site pulls information from various other sites on the internet including:

Answers automatically retrieved from millions of health sources, including:

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

October 19, 2009 in Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)