[teknoids] Legal Research Tools & the Dual monitor businesscase...

Rich McCue rmccue at law.uvic.ca
Wed Mar 15 11:47:06 EST 2006

I admit that the tri monitor setup may be a bit excessive, but the productivity gains you get from having the two monitors is about 10% right away, and then moves up to 20% or more as you modify how you work to take advantage of the extra screen real-estate (this is according one of our associate deans - not a technophile by any means). 

This summer I hope to reproduce the Microsoft research that I reference in the paper, and conduct it specifically with Law students, and Law Faculty members.  I expect to see the same productivity gains that the Microsoft researchers found in "normal" people ;-)


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From: teknoids-bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Nelson, Stephen
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Regarding dual monitors: I went dual last fall, my collegue went triple.  The difference is INCREDIBLE.  Preparing presentations and writing documentation is a much-improved process.  I really appreciated using one display to monitor email, feeds, or processes while using the other for the task at hand.  For XP users there is a tweak (part of tweakui?)that lets you configure multiple desktops.  This is great for segregating apps to a particular desktop, like IE and SharePoint on one desktop, student help apps on another.

FWIW - I'm ok w/dual, triple seems ... um ... excessive. I could have gone triple but I didn't want to, really.

Steve Nelson
Marquette University Law School
stephen.nelson at marquette.edu

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Sent: Tue 3/14/2006 6:43 PM
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Subject: [teknoids] Legal Research Tools & the Dual monitor business case...
This may be a bit off topic, but a product I've been using for my own personal research, and have been encouraging our faculty members to use for their research, has just been made available FREE of charge.  The software is Onfolio (yes there was a CALI session on this product a couple of years ago). Microsoft purchased Onfolio, and have included it as an free option in their "Microsoft Live Toolbar" product.  

"Onfolio allows the user to capture digital content, including web pages off line, organize it, annotate it, share it and publish it. One can either capture complete web pages (or other web based documents like PDF files), or snippets of web pages to the hard drive for safe keeping. No more worrying about whether or not the web page being looked at will still be on-line next year (or next week)."

You can download the free version of onfolio by clicking on the "Download Now" on the right hand side of this page: http://www.onfolio.com/product/toolbaraddin/ 

I've also just finished a paper on KM for academic researchers, and talk a in it about Onfolio and other research related software. For those of you wanting a dual monitor setup for your workstation, see Appendix A for the business case.  Here is the PDF: http://www.law.uvic.ca/rmccue/km/km_for_researchers_paper.pdf 

Take Care.

Rich McCue
System Administrator
UVic Faculty of Law

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