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Milestone Reached

A milestone was reached today when this blog received its 5,000th view. This certainly didn’t happen in a meteoric sort of way. In fact it was more a glacial move. Nevertheless, it is nice to say that it’s reached the 5,000 mark.

Thank you to everyone who has checked in to take a look.


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Shrinkage (Not George Costanza Shrinkage)

I recently received a photo from an I Phone via an E-mail.  The resolution was sorely lacking and upon further investigation I found that the photo as received was 2 megapixel resolution rather than the full 8 megapixel the phone’s camera is capable of providing.

Apparently, I Phones automatically downsize the resolution of photos when you use the share function.  With the help of an IT friend, I found the following solution at lifehacker.com.

“Even though your iPhone snaps pictures at pretty decent resolutions (2048×1536 from the 3GS, 1600×1200 on previous iPhone versions), your device automatically resizes photos to a measly 800×600 when you go to email them. Here’s how to fix that.

The resized pictures may be enough under certain circumstances, but if you want your pics to make it through your email in their full glory, it’s a simple matter of copy and paste.

As weblog Geek stuff points out, the resizing only happens when you share photos from your photo library via your iPhone’s traditional Share button—which imports the resized pictures into an empty email. Instead of taking that route, either tap and hold on a single picture and then tap copy or select multiple pictures in album view and tap the Copy button at the bottom of your screen. Then head back to the home screen, fire up Mail, compose a new email, and paste the photos into the new message. Rather than the smaller, resized pictures, you’ll get the full resolution versions.”


If getting the best possible resolution is important when using photos for evidence you may wish to make use of this advice and get the full muscle your I Phone camera has to offer.

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Isiah Fowler in Court Today. County’s Case against him should become clearer.

We’ll get the first good look at case Calaveras County feels it has against the alleged killer of Leila Fowler.  Her brother Isiah will be in court today and his attorneys Mark Reichel and Steve Plesser will get their first real look at the evidence collected thus.




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Your copier and scanner holds all your secrets!

Copiers are full of secrets.

Did you know that modern copiers have a hard drive that digitally retains every (or nearly every) document copied on that machine and the vast majority of those machines are without any mechanism to erase or encrypt the data.  As a result when you sell or trade in a copier you are probably sending all kinds of private information that identity thieves can then get their hands on.

In addition, lawyers conducting discovery should be aware that an individual’s copier or a company’s copier may be a source of information relevant to an on going law suit.

One law firm I spoke with purchased what was represented as brand new copier and its hard drive was full of documents from and accounting firm.

For a brief primer check out this video from CBS News that aired in 2010.


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Thank the volunteers.

To any of you who may have yet to cast your ballot today,  I hope you will take a moment while on your way out to thank the volunteers who help to make the process possible.

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Happy Halloween and Happy Anniversary to Sherlock Holmes!

October 31, 1892: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Is Published

On this day in 1892, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle was published. The book was the first collection of Holmes stories, all of which had been published in The Strand Magazine between July 1891 and July 1892.

The book contained twelve stories, all of which featured Doyle’s famous detective Sherlock Holmes.

(Courtesy NPR)

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Access to Public Records is becoming more restricted.

Just about the only thing you can count on when searching for information through access to public records is that there is  little if any consistency.  Shrinking state and municipal budgets have an obvious impact on your access to public records.

Entities that got into setting up sophisticated on-line access to information early will no doubt be able to continue to do.  However, there is not guarantee that will be the case.  While Sacramento County continues to maintain some of the best on-line services that I have worked with, the San Joaquin County Court  (Stockton, CA) shut down its on-line index in the last year or so.  Initially the site posted a notice that it was complying with State rules regarding limiting access to birth, death and marriage records.  That excuse made no sense because all the other California Counties did not seem to share that interpretation.  It seemed to be a matter of cost and only one of cost.  Now a search of San Joaquin County Court records requires a trip to the courthouse in Stockton.  In the past, such a trip would be avoided.  Now you have to find time during the work week to conduct an in person search just to see if there any files that may be of interest.

Here in Sacramento County, access to records has been reduced by cuts to the number of staff working in the records departments of the County Courts.  The most noticeable effects appear  in the Family Law Records Department.  A recent effort to gain access to a file took six (6) hours.  The first three were spent waiting in line to order a file that was stored in archives.  Seven (7) days later when the file was available,  another three (3) hours were spent waiting in line to get the file, review its six or so pages of material and return it.  The reason for the delay is simply explained by the presence of fewer people working behind the counter.

One other example of how  access to information is becoming limited due to budget constraints appears in Los Angeles  County, where you have to set up a credit card account to gain access to the on-line case index. If you don’t have a credit card, you need to drive to one the several court houses in LA County and do the your search the old-fashioned way, by hand.

In each of these cases reduced access is not the result of re-characterizing the status of a document, it is simply the result of tougher economic times.

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