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Tip of the Week (Episode 201207): Sorting Results


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201207): Sorting (or reordering) the results page often gives you a different slice of hits to view. Learn your sorting options for databases such as Fastcase, HeinOnline and NewsBank.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201206): Ctrl-F / Command-F


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201206): The one keyboard shortcut you'll use the most is Ctrl-F (or Command-F on the Mac), which lets you search within the text of Web pages, MS Office docs, Adobe Acrobat PDFs, and more.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201205): Combining Legal Search Tools


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201205): Channel your inner MacGyver and learn how to combine several free or low-cost search tools in order to perform effective legal research.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201204): Incognito/Private Browsing


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201204): Web browsers capture a lot of information about your online activities. Go Incognito (Google Chrome) or enter Private Browsing (Firefox) to ensure that your cache, cookies, download list entries, history, and stuff you type into the Omnibox or Awesome Bar are not saved.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201203): Get Found with Google Places


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201203): Google Places lets you enhance the listing for your firm so that you can appear in the map and local listings on the first page of results. Best of all, it's free!

Tip of the Week (Episode 201202): Downloading vs. Reading Online


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201202): If you want to read documents that you retrieve from Jenkins' member databases offline, download them into the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Tip of the Week (Episode 201201): Google's Proximity Operator


Jenkins Tip of the Week (Episode 201201): Google's proximity operator lets you specify how close you want your search terms to appear.

Bitcoin: Uncle Billy Couldn’t Have Done a Better Job


You may or may not have heard about Bitcoin, the first virtual currency that you can use in the real world. Bitcoins are exchanged in a peer-to-peer network. There is no central bank overseeing any of this. All transactions are encrypted so that they are anonymous, but are posted for all users to see. The bitcoin trades against the U.S. Dollar. As I write this, it's worth around $14.90.

Good News: Jammie Thomas' File-Sharing Verdict Is Reduced By 97%


Bad news: it's still more money than she can afford -- $54,000. (But it's better than $2 million.)

Anyway, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis said in his ruling:

"The need for deterrence cannot justify a $2 million verdict for stealing and illegally distributing 24 songs for the sole purpose of obtaining free music. Moreover, although plaintiffs were not required to prove their actual damages, statutory damages must bear some relation to actual damages."

A-B-C, It's Easy As 1-2-3


When it comes to online security, we're just not very creative. Here are the 5 most popular passwords you, me and our fellow Web surfers employ, according to an analysis by security firm Imperva (love the name!) of 32 million login credentials stolen from social networking site RockYou.

  1. 123456
  2. 12345
  3. 123456789