Here are two links that may be of interest or assistance if you have a disability or know someone who does and are looking for accessible computing options: a blog/site,Mac-cessibility NewsandMaking the iPhone Icons Speak by David Pogue in the New York Times.
Helpful article in Iowa State Bar'sIowa Lawyer for July on the issue of a lawyer's use of a third party to gain information off a person's Facebook or such site. Basically, you can't try to use an investigative technique [such as having 3rd parties become a 'friend' on Facebook] which is deceptive. Of course, Facebook and other social networking sites are not in any sense private and protected, and information from them can be obtained through appropriate legal process, just not by covert or deceptive tactics.
I was up in northern Iowa on a case and brought my Air with me and had my iPhone; there was no Edge or 3G network present, nor any WiFi. I had downloaded materials to the iPhone [doing the file
sharing thing while the iPhone was connected in the office] and they were in AirSharing & Files, but not on the computer where I needed/wanted them. I needed to move them from the iPhone to the Air.
For some wierd reason, perhaps unimportant to me now, I couldn't get Bluetooth to work. Air could see iPhone and they paired but they couldn't communicate. That task is for another day.
But I then went to the Air's airport and created a Network. I forget the precise steps next but I was then able to open the iPhone's directories of both the AirSharing and Files items in Safari and download the desired files from the iPhone to the Air, over the network I had created. I have to admit to thinking it was pretty neat, even if more experienced hands say HO HUM. [pic is of modern Iowa farm, windmills and all]
of Civil Procedure. This is a problem which will be cured with new time-computation rules amendments on December 1, 2009, and there is a powerpoint presentation here. From that, I thought the following would be illustrative and funny as well:
Knowing that I would be on a long international flight & back recently, I bought a HyperDrive external battery to take with me. Of course, it somewhat destroys the idea of travelling light, but I wanted the additional access to power even while in the air [we were in coach, where there are no plugs in the seats].
I bought the MBP-150 HyperMac External Battery for the MacBook [Air, which I have] - it comes with the type of plug for the Air plus you can not only use it to power up your computer but also your iPod, Touch or iPhone. It added about 5 hours of time to my computer, although it may have been longer since I didn't use up all the juice and don't really know.
In any event, if it makes sense to take an extra battery with you to power up your Mac and iPod/Phone etc., this seemed to work quite well.
I needed to get some files onto my iPhone 3G S so I could travel with them and read them. Not so much edit them, although some programs do the same. My main issue was this, could I put files on my iPhone for later reading fairly easily? And for access without needing to be on WiFi to access the data. The answer is yes, but it depends on the application you're working with. I tried several, and here is my quick review of them [all are available at the iTunes Apps store, some for free]:
Air Sharing: A great program which allows you to move files through the Finder's Connect to Server method or using Bonjour. Once you have the iPhone on your desktop, just the same as any other disk, you can click and drag files and folders to it. I had better luck with Bonjour, but they're all there and readable. Nothing fancy but very straightforward.
I used Evernote and SugarSync and put documents in them, but they require WiFi to access the documents in their respective clouds in the sky. Good programs and lots of features to justify using them. Both of them [and Dropbox] allow people to have 1-2 G of space free to access, which is a great way to share files and materials. But WiFi is needed to access the data, which is not what I wanted.
I had data in Tripit.com and TravelTrackPro and both showed up fine on my iPhone, without wifi. Not all the files I wanted, but the trip details came through just fine.
Discover, DataCase and FileAid all seem good, but I had trouble accessing them to place files on the iPhone. My understanding is that Discover does need WiFi but Datacase and FileAid do not, once the documents are on the iPhone. SavySoda's Document requires WiFi as does Documents2.
I tried FilesLite which is a free version of Files. Both take in and display the data [Files will allow some other features but the free version is just fine - other than my data is now in the free version and I'm not able [as far as I know] to easily move it from Lite to Files. Plus the uploading of the documents is only one file at a time [whereas Air Sharing just lets you click and drag to it].
There's also ZumoDrive, which operates somewhat like Evernote, SugarSync and Dropbox, but I had some problems placing some files on it and had found other options, so didn't go further. It seems to operate like an iDisk, as it mounts on the desktop as a Device.
Right now my vote is for (1) Air Sharing and (2) Files. Both at the iTunes App. Store.
Amendment: I stand corrected = I just used Cyberduck and WebDAV access [you can
also use Bonjour] and did a simple click and drag to the phone....all
Read this on another list. A sad tale of lost data despite the person's having two methods of backing up. Murphy's Law truly exists
"I went on vacation and upon return the server storing the file "died" because of a defective hard disk rendering the data inaccessible. At the same time, believe it or or not, the backup NAS storage device (4 hd, raid w/parity) suffered a physical defect also rendering the backup data inaccessible. The data on the server is gone for good, as the drive is fatally dead,non repairable and beyond any hope. The NAS backup has hope left"
And, fortunately, maybe 'only' 2-3 months of data is gone since the file was sent 2-3 months ago to someone else to work with.
So, it may not be enough to have two backups after all, particularly not of essential data.