Since the introduction and release of the iPhone on June 29, 2007, the attitudes about the device have changed dramatically among legal professionals. In a recent article on Law.com, Patrick J. O’Connor, a partner in Harper, Mayer, Hagen, O’Connor, Albert & Dribin , a Miami law firm, says this: “At this point, technology is so integrated and essential to the practice of law that [gadgets are] looked at as standard issue.”
I have to admit that I readily and enthusiastically committed to the iPhone and its multiple features from the device’s inception. I feel it is an essential tool to aid me in my day-to-day business with paralegals and attorneys alike.
As we all know, technology is great when it works. Today I experienced an outage of my Internet service with my carrier that lasted for most of the day. Did I let that stop me from continuing on with the production of transcripts and uploading of my files to the Secure Online Repository? Indeed not!
When I upgraded to my iPad 2 a few months ago, I elected to add the feature of a personal hotspot (sometimes referred to as Internet tethering) on my mobile phone plan. So rather than bemoan the fact that I had no Internet this afternoon, I immediately decided to tether my iPhone with my MacBook Air! It worked like a charm and I was able to continue with my production of transcripts and uploading of my files. I was also able to continue answering my emails and Google some proper names for production of accurate transcripts. Taking advantage of technology is great!
Click on the image below for a short video tutorial on how to tether your iPhone with your computer. If you need help troubleshooting your personal hotspot, click here to review an article from Apple’s website.