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Nerino J Petro Jr
Nerino J Petro Jr
Practice Management Advisor at State Bar of Wisconsin 
I am the Practice Management Advisor for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Practice411™ Law Office Management Assistance Program. The mission of Practice411™ is to help attorneys operate their offices more effectively and efficiently.
Aug. 5, 2016 1:05 pm
Ransomware. It's what keeps me awake at night as a CIO and technologist. Also known as crpytoware, these malicious tools encrypt your data, delete or disable the ability to use built-in tools in your operating system to roll back to prior versions and then charge you money to provide you with a decryption key. And they just keep getting more and more sophisticated, with some even providing so...  Read More
Mar. 14, 2016 1:50 pm
Microsoft, I like Windows 10 but the way you are trying to force it on every Windows user leaves me cold. For those of you that are not aware of what is happening, Microsoft has taken a number of steps to, in my opinion, trick users into upgrading to Windows 10. These actions vary from installing Windows 10 upgrades files on a computer without a user's knowledge, force installing a popup that...  Read More
Feb. 17, 2016 12:54 pm
Memos are a necessary evil in the business and legal world, but that doesn't mean that you have to write (or endure) crappy ones. Here's a great article from Kopywrting Kourse on How to write an effective memo. Keep them short, sweet and to the point. Check it out and share it with your co-workers.  Read More
Oct. 9, 2015 3:25 pm
One of the easiest ways to start automating document creation is to use the tools already included in the programs or platform we use daily. For most of us, this will be using text expansion or text replacement[1]. With text expansion or replacement, you type a special word, series of letters or characters and it is replaced with something else, such as a name, phone number, phrase or even an...  Read More
Sep. 10, 2015 10:16 am
If you have a Mac, you already have some sophisticated screen capture tools built into the OS. How-To Geek has a great "How to" tutorial on using Grab in Mac OS X for more advanced screen captures. Check it out here .  Read More
Oct. 30, 2014 9:38 am
Today's quick "How To" is useful if you are you are trying to create a whitelist in Gmail or any other time you want to insert a vertical pipe symbol "|" into a document or form. In Gmail you use the filter creation tool to whitelist a domain or domains. Rather than create multiple rules, you can add several domains all at once in one filter. However, the domains need to be separated by a pipe...  Read More
Apr. 30, 2014 9:19 am
Here is a great video and post with steps on how to protect yourself form the IE moonster affecting ALL versions of IE that has been making news this week. Steve Gibson created the inital steps but left out a few things. Terry Cole from Cole Informatics added these and created the video and post. If you're running Windows XP, you especially need to check this out. See it here .  Read More
Feb. 21, 2014 11:09 am
Dropbox has a bit of a history when it comes to securing your information and who has access to it. It is definitely not the most secure file synchronization service available, but the reality is that it just works and is easy to use. Despite security concerns raised by many in the technology community, Lawyers and firms continue to use Dropbox and I don't foresee that changing anytime in the...  Read More
Nov. 26, 2013 12:37 pm
I've long been an advocate of surveying your clients on how you did when you complete their representation. My friends at AttorneyatWork recently carried an article from Josh Lenon, an attorney and Director of Communications at Clio on this very topic. Josh reinforces what most of us that advise lawyers and firms already know - most firms don't ask for client feedback on how they did. ...  Read More
Jun. 12, 2013 10:30 am
Great post over at TECHSPOT Computer Tips & Tricks Everyone Should Know including some even I didn't know about. There is something here for everyone including file management, keyboard shortcuts, "god mode" in Windows, etc.. There are also a number of useful keyboard shortcuts that many power users will know but a lot of folks won't in this day and age of the mouse. Many of these are tricks...  Read More
Apr. 10, 2013 10:23 am
Some folks are just not taking to Microsoft's new Windows 8 interface. In fact, many folks hate it and pine for Windows 7. Last week at ABA TECHSHOW 2013, several attendees during my sessions on Windows 8 asked if they could downgrade a Windows 8 computer to Windows 7. While the short answer is yes, you can generally downgrade to Windows 8, there are a number of caveats that go along with that....  Read More
Feb. 15, 2013 12:24 pm
Dragon NaturallySpeaking (DNS) version 12 is a terrific program, but trying to remember all of the commands can be a challenge. Nuance, the maker of DNS has compiled this handy two page Command Cheat Sheet that you can download for free here . And if you are curious about the state of speech recognition on your Windows, Mac and smart devices (think iPhone and Android), don't miss my ABA...  Read More
Jan. 2, 2013 6:45 pm
Computerworld has published a "Power through schedules with 21 Google Calendar tricks" article. If you use Google Calendar, either the free consumer version or the paid Google Apps for Business version, it's worth taking a look at this list. Tips include the simple like use keyboard shortcuts to specific recommendations from Google Labs. Find some excerpts after the break: 1. Use keyboard...  Read More
Dec. 4, 2012 12:09 pm
Sometimes you need to scan more documents than the he feed tray on your ScanSnap will hold. In these instances, wouldn't it be nice to set the ScanSnap so it rather than completing the scan when the paper tray was empty, you could insert more pages and scan into the same file? The good news is that you can do this: the Fujitsu Community website has step-by-step instructions on how to do this....  Read More
Oct. 8, 2012 2:31 pm
"Gizmos, Gadgets and Widgets" is one of my favorite presentations, especially when I get a chance to present it with a great friend and speaker like Bryan Sims at the 2012 Illinois Solo & Small Firm Conference in September 2012. In this fast-paced conference favorite, Bryan and I share a look at the lighter side of technology, tips and gadgets for your law office and your life. I'ts a fast and...  Read More
Apr. 17, 2012 10:36 am
As a lawyer, I always urged my clients to get their estate planning documents (wills, powers of attorney, trusts) in order and to update them on a regular basis. With the increased use of online banking, bill payment, email, etc. what will happen to these digital assets on your death? Will your significant other, agent, executor or trustee be able to access these assets and fulfill their due...  Read More
Mar. 21, 2012 4:05 pm
Everyone likes useful websites and tools and we like free and open source tools that work even better. However, many websites and utilities that claim to be helpful are actually full of malware, viruses, rootkits and other little computer nastys that will make your computer life a living hell. So how do you know what tools and websites are safe? Turn to trusted resources such as this blog or...  Read More
Jan. 9, 2012 6:18 pm
Are you making the best use of the technology tools you already have, such as Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Office? This is the first in a series of useful technology tips to save you time, money, and headaches. Increasingly, lawyers must turn to technology to gain needed efficiencies for their law firms, employers, and clients who demand affordable legal services. You can start by getting the most...  Read More
Nov. 14, 2011 12:00 am
Corresponding in 140 character messages can be a challenge not only for the person who tweets, but also for those that want to retweet the original message either in endorsement, disagreement or a simple "check this out." Bruce Carton of Legal Blog Watch suggested that twitter users adopt a taxonomy for retweets in his recent post The 'RT Taxonomy': Creating Different Flavors of Retweets ...  Read More
Jul. 13, 2010 10:29 am
PCMAG.COM has a great article on 10 useful Word 2010 power tips titled 10 Expert Tips For Microsoft Word 2010 . These tips go to core features that will have an impact every time you open a document based on the default template. Whether you're an expert user or someone just starting to use Word 2010, these are great tips to help you get the most out of Word 2010. Some may seem to be common...  Read More
Jul. 6, 2010 9:49 am
Smarter Technology has a list of 10 apps to help you with being "green." They vary in price from free to $5.99 and cover a range of different uses including iRecycle, a free app that can help you figure out where to dispose of , well, hard to dispose of things: Don't know where to dispose of your old cell phone or that bottle of motor oil? iRecycle provides detailed information about local...  Read More
May 12, 2010 11:56 am
Great article from the National Law Journal carried on Law.Com about lawyers who post stupid things online and then end up in ethical hot water. Lawyers' Ethical Stumbles Increase Online details a number of examples where lawyers have posted comments, articles or other information online which violate the Rules of Professional Conduct for which they then get in trouble. The lawyers covered are...  Read More
May 3, 2010 2:54 pm
Microsoft Office and MS Word are the clear winners when it comes to adoption of integrated office suite and word processing programs.This might not be so bad if figuring out how to use these programs wasn't so counter-intuitive. To add insult to injury, after years of forcing users to learn the MS "way " of doing things inside these programs, they actually had the temerity to introduce menus that...  Read More
Apr. 20, 2010 12:45 pm
If you've ever tried to network a Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer with computers running Windows XP and you still have hair, you're one of the lucky ones. Because of changes in the security settings and OS, Vista and Win 7 don't like to play nice on a Windows XP network but chances are that you need to get at least two of these three operating systems to talk to each other so you can share...  Read More
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