DropBox No Internet error – resolved!

For some reason, the DropBox app on my laptop stopped syncing. Everytime I clicked on the app in the system tray, it kept saying that it was trying to connect. I couldn’t ever figure out why it was giving me that problem, so I tried uninstalling the app and then reinstalled it.

dropxbox errorWhen I reinstalled the app, DropBox gave me a No Internet Connection error, even though I knew certainly well that I was connected to the internet. Briefly, I thought it was because I had Lan Sync turned on. So, I tried turning that off, but that didn’t resolve the issue. I then turned Lan Sync back on, which is how I originally had it, and then connected my laptop to the network via network cable. I thought maybe it needed a hardwire connection for some reason, rather than wifi. That didn’t resolve the issue. I tried checking firewall options, ports, and security, but nothing there seemed ok.

dropbox preferencesAfter some moderate googling of the issue, I found the resolution at the bottom of this thread. The funny thing is that they, too, suggested that the original poster try all sorts of settings and security tweaks. But it turns out, all he and I had to do was change the Proxies setting in DropBox.

For Windows users, you can find the settings by clicking on the DropBox icon in your system tray. Then, hit the gear icon and select Preferences. The default is to open you up to the General Tab. Go to the Proxies tab, which is the furthest on the right.

dropbox proxiesSomehow, my Proxies settings had switched to Auto-detect. All I had to do was switch it back to No proxy and hit Apply, and things went back to normal. The DropBox app on my laptop was now seeing that I had to sync files (over 5,000 of them, so it had been longer than I had thought since the issue occurred). Now, things are running just fine again.


Website Update

We’ve been quiet lately. Mostly, it’s because our great clients have been keeping us so busy. But in part, we have also been quiet as we have taken a brief lull in the action to retool and revamp. After having visited Infocomm to look at ways we could improve and enhance the way we outfit courtrooms for AV/IT support, we then looked to updating our website. (We’re also going to be moving our physical location in the near future).

I liked our previous website. It had it’s rough edges, but overall, I really liked it. But, over time, it had started looking a little dated. Plus, I noticed that some of our colleagues/competitors started incorporating some similar design elements. So, it was time for a change.

While the last website was heavily influenced by Windows Metro, this one borrows from Google’s Material Design and Android Wear. So, you’ll find a lot of sheets of paper getting slid over one another. And, the icons are all circular.

The website itself was built with Adobe Muse. I learned this software for the purposes of creating this website. I had no prior experience with it. Muse has features that I really like, but it also has some major limitations. It doesn’t allow for timeline sequences, and it felt really limited in terms of what kinds of user interactions I could build in.

On the plus side, Muse made creating a phone-optimized version a lot easier. This is something that was lacking in software packages I’ve worked with in the past. So, please feel free to test out the website on your desktop and on your phone. Let me know what you think. (A tablet optimized version is coming too).


Trial Director on a Mac: Error 1303

Screen Shot 2013-03-07 at 3.26.26 PM Recently, after sunsetting a couple of older laptops at work, I tried running Trial Director on my MacBookPro (13″ mid-2009) using Parallels. I had a copy running on a PC laptop for primary in-court use. But I wanted to put my backup copy on my Mac to see if it would work. It did and it didn’t. I could get it to run, but I couldn’t get it to run in Parallel’s Coherence mode, which is essential if you are using Trial Director in extended desktop mode. I took me a while to figure out and even longer to fix. But I got it done.
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Trial Director for iPad – Free(!) but is it worth it?

Trial Director for iPad

Trial Director for iPad

Late last year, inData released Trial Director for iPad. For free. Seriously. So, go download it now! But, if you want to actually use it for a real trial in front of a real jury, there’s some very serious limitations that you need to be aware of. Ultimately, I still think that TrialPad is the better value, even at it’s relatively gargantuan iOS app price of $90.

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SSD swap update – emptying trash after SSD swap on OSX

A couple weeks ago, I upgraded the RAM in my aging, late-2008 mac book pro. I also decided I would replace the existing hard drive with a solid state drive. The results have been phenominal. Until now, I never really cared about hard drive speed, but I now realize what I’ve been missing. Rendering video in Final Cut Pro seems much speedier, as does converting video files from one format to another. The only thing that was really weird to me was that emptying the trash now seemed to take forever. I just thought I would live with it, but when a recent rush video editing project had my SSD reaching it’s storage capacity, I needed a way to empty the trash. fast.

I looked around, and there seem to be very well written explanations as to why this happens, but it’s an SSD technology thing, which goes beyond the scope of this blog. But, there is a fix.


So, if you are experiencing long wait times to empty trash with your SSD on OSX, this is what you need to do.

  • go to Finder on the top menu bar
  • select Preferences
  • uncheck Empty Trash Securely

Now, you should be back to quick emptying of your trash. 

Free Adobe Software? Yes, it’s true!

Recently, Adobe has decided to give away free versions of their old software. Not only is this amazing, but it is timely. I was about to purchase two new copies of Adobe Acrobat Standard, but instead, I will be installing Adobe Acrobat Pro 8.0 for free. 


The software is old, but for most law offices, it will more than do the job. Free titles include Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and Acrobat Pro. I’m still having a hard time believing that it’s true. And if nothing else, you must download Acrobat Pro for any laptop or computer that you can. 

TrialDirector for iPad – finally


Although it seems like their iPad app was perpetually about-to-be-released, I recently got an early download link for TrialDirector’s iPad app. I literally just downloaded it and started looking at it, but so far, I think it just may resolve the limitation that competitor, TrialPad, had with depositions. I’ll be taking a more in-depth look at it over the weekend and will post a full review shortly. And, as long as a couple of trials I have this month don’t settle, I might be able to also post notes from the field. 


Intensive Trial Advocacy Handout

I’ll be speaking in front of the latest crop of intensive trial advocacy students today. I’ll be doing a quick demo of a direct examination using TrialPad+iPad+AppleTV. I’ll also be talking about using trial presentation software at trial. Here is a link to a PDF version of the keynote I’ll be using for the general, trial presentation software portion.


PDF Expert Presentation Mode Review

PDF Expert has long been one of my favorite apps for the iPad. Not only does it treat bookmarks and highlighting particularly well, it also does a fantastic job of synching up with Dropbox (which my clients tend to prefer), SugarSync (which my professor colleagues use exclusively), and GoogleDrive (which I use at my office). Then, when I heard that PDF Expert had added a Presentation Mode, I was floored. This is the missing link that would enable this super intuitive app to render superfluous all the other trial presentation apps I have. Read on to see if this $10 app can take down the more expensive trial presentation apps, such as TrialPad or ExhibitView for iPad.

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