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The little geek in me is purring happily [Jun. 6th, 2007|04:01 pm]
Zoethe
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Yesterday's mail finally brought me the law office management software I ordered a week ago. It wasn't cheap, this software, so I held off a while before buying it, but by the end of May my schedule was getting hectic enough that I knew I couldn't wait any longer. I loaded it yesterday, and spent some time getting all the information for my cases into it.

I cannot even begin to express the warm, fuzzy joy of knowing that all my case information, contacts, deadlines, and appointments are now integrated and readily available. I am filled with glee. I have been resisting the temptation to drag Ferrett in here to listen to me gush: "See? When I make a new appointment or action item, I can link the file and the contact information, and then I can see all the action items or appointments for that client from their file or I can look at the calendar! And I can automatically log time! And print reports!! And -- honey, where are you going???!!"

Step two is getting all the information entered into the integrated accounting program. I'm a bit more intimidated by that. And I have client work that takes priority - the good news is I'm all about the ToDo list; the bad news is that it's haunting me.
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[User Picture]From: cassiopia
2007-06-06 08:27 pm (UTC)

LJ friends matchmaker

zoethe meet moonmelody
You are both on my friends list but don't know each other.
You both are pagan, fannish women who are also lawyers just starting their own practices.

Just thought you might have stuff to chat about.
That is all. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-06-06 09:46 pm (UTC)

Re: LJ friends matchmaker

Wow, we do appear to have a lot in common. I'd say hi, but most of her recent posts appear friendslocked!
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[User Picture]From: cassiopia
2007-06-06 10:11 pm (UTC)

Re: LJ friends matchmaker

I sent her your LJ as well. I bet she makes contact at some point.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-06-06 11:55 pm (UTC)

Re: LJ friends matchmaker

I'll watch for her. I don't know if she's the sort of person who is okay being friended by someone relatively random (I never mind, but some folks do).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-06-07 02:42 am (UTC)

Re: LJ friends matchmaker

Hi! So far it's scary and overwhelming and I'm still working at almost 11pm, with an appointment at 8am tomorrow almost an hour away!!!

I will add you back; I'm looking forward to reading you as well!
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[User Picture]From: preitas
2007-06-06 08:33 pm (UTC)
Actually I LOVE that kind of stuff. Our programs at work at pretty much like that. They all link to each other & you can get amazing reports. I'm all about the reports. Any report you need I have :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-06-06 09:48 pm (UTC)
The geek within is appeased!
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[User Picture]From: losgunna
2007-06-06 08:34 pm (UTC)
You should poke around and see who you trust and are willing to pay a little money to have all of that stuff entered for you. Even better, hire a daughter :)

No, really. It'll free up your time to help the clients and still get the information in. :)
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[User Picture]From: mishamish
2007-06-06 09:30 pm (UTC)
Actually, I was considering sending her a resume. Unfortunately, it would be atleast a year before I could relocate myself to Thieveland again. :-(
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-06-06 11:50 pm (UTC)
At this point, I don't have THAT much data entry - just had my existing clients to get loaded up. The trick - and the whole point - is to load things up as I'm doing them. It's amazingly quick and efficient then!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-06-06 09:50 pm (UTC)
Good idea, but no daughters available here, alas. And now that the basics are in, it's a matter of entering new information as I get it. With luck, there will come a time when hiring more help is productive, but I'm not quite that busy yet!
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[User Picture]From: donkey_hokey
2007-06-06 08:53 pm (UTC)
Heeheehee... yeah.. it makes the expense worthwhile, that first little bit after loading the software and seeing how totally awesome it is, and how good it's going to be for your work.

My head always feels like it's going to explode (or at least leak a bit), while I'm squee-ing about all the stuff I'll be able to do.

I'm glad you finally knuckled under and now have something this useful and cool. :)
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2007-06-06 09:05 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the new software. I can totally understand the "I have everything at my fingertips" feeling.

Does Ferrett squeee to you about his new applications or software? I think dragging him in to admire is not too far out of line.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-06-06 11:49 pm (UTC)
He did tell me that I was welcome to have Show and Tell.
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[User Picture]From: paranoidgrl
2007-06-06 09:40 pm (UTC)
I love that stuff. I hate my paper calendar, but I love turning on the computer in the morning and all my tickles pop up and I can tell in less than a minutes how much time I've spent on a case. Technology is fun!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-06-06 11:52 pm (UTC)
It is! I'm still a bit in catch-up mode, but I love having all that information right there.
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[User Picture]From: blackcoat
2007-06-06 10:10 pm (UTC)
Hey, after reading about how much time he spends fondling his Treo, I'd say that it would be almost like foreplay. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-06-06 11:54 pm (UTC)
You made me spray iced tea on my monitor, I'll have you know!
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[User Picture]From: blackcoat
2007-06-06 11:59 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. :)
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2007-06-07 01:05 am (UTC)
I felt similarly when I got my invite to ravelry.com (currently beta testing). Knitting is a hobbie, not a job, but I spent the whole day after getting my invite organizing my yarn and taking pictures of it to post, and putting up completed projects and all that stuff. X3 I'm still squeeing to my friends about it, but none of them care because none of them knit.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-06-07 02:36 am (UTC)
I would love to have time to quilt, and to have software like that. As it is, though, I'm still working tonight!

But I'm using my nifty new software! yay!
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[User Picture]From: meyerweb.com
2007-06-07 02:37 am (UTC)
There's dedicated software for managing law offices? Of course there is. But it smells like someone could make one hell of a small-subscription web-based service, so that you can get that stuff anywhere (and have the information offline via Google Gears). Pretty it all up with AJAXy Web 2.0ness and you'd have a business right there. Now, if only you knew someone experienced at serious web service development...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-06-07 03:09 am (UTC)
Several competing programs, in point of fact.

And there probably would be a market for such things!
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2007-06-07 12:34 pm (UTC)
Maybe you should get Ferrett right on developing that. ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-06-07 03:56 pm (UTC)
In his copious spare time....
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2007-06-07 04:24 pm (UTC)
That's why I ended it with a smirk.

:)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-06-07 08:20 pm (UTC)
Yup. That's on my list of things to look into - offsite storage.
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