Old Maps Online


Map lovers will find hours and hours worth of cartographic joys on this site that draws sources from the U.S. Geological Society, the National Library of Scotland, the Land Survey Office of the Czech Republic, and many other participating institutions. Beginning as a project between Klokan Technologies GmbH, Switzerland and The Great Britain Historical GIS Project, OldMapsOnline “aims to demonstrate a combination of tools for publishing historical maps with a focus on their easy accessibility for the general public.” To scout the site readers may like to type a location into the search engine. For instance, entering New London, Connecticut returns maps from 1848, 1893, 1958, and 1989 of New London’s harbors, landmarks, neighborhoods, and roads. Meanwhile, entering Abu Dhabi returns dozens of maps dating back to the 18th century, including a beautiful Map of Persia compiled by the British War Office in 1891. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015. https://www.scout.wisc.edu

Editor’s Note:  Try looking up your location in New York State.  You may find, as I did, some extraordinary historical maps, which lay out the Great Lots upstate.  I found this feature very useful for interpreting deed legal descriptions.

Long-held beliefs about arson science have been debunked after decades of misuse


 To this day, most fire investigators are not scientists. A recent survey of 217 fire investigators by a student from National University in San Diego found that only 14 percent had an advanced degree of any kind. Thirty-four percent had a college degree. But 13 percent had only a high school education. One percent had only a GED. A 2013 survey of 586 public sector fire investigators by two Eastern Kentucky University professors found that some myths are still commonly believed to be indicators of arson. Nearly 40 percent did not know that crazed glass is caused by rapid cooling, not rapid heating. Twenty-three percent think puddle-shaped burns indicate the use of an accelerant. Eight percent still believe that alligator blistering implies that a fire burned fast and hot.


If you have any interest in arson, whether criminal defense or civil recoveries, you need to read this article.

This article originally appeared in the December 2015 issue of the ABA Journal with this headline: “Badly Burned: Long-held beliefs about arson science have been debunked after decades of misuse and scores of wrongful convictions.”


Choosing a Document Automation System – Attorney at Work

By Marc Lauritsen | Nov.18.15 | Daily DispatchDocument ManagementLegal Technology


Each good document automation system responds to very specific needs of its users. Imagine a single system that would significantly improve your work environment. Before worrying about “technicalia,” though, start getting clear on what you want it to ideally accomplish. Here’s a handy checklist, adapted from my book, “Working Smarter with Knowledge Tools.”

Read checklist here.


Bankruptcy Forms | United States Courts

Revised Bankruptcy Forms Go Into Effect December 1

U.S. Bankruptcy Court filers and lawyers must use new forms beginning December 1, when the first modernization of bankruptcy forms in two decades takes effect.

The forms are available at www.uscourts.gov, and contain major changes in organization, language and numbering. Because the new forms will be mandatory for all new cases, users of the bankruptcy system are being urged to read the forms before the change-over date. 

The new forms are easier for debtors to understand and complete, and are designed to work with scheduled enhancements to the federal courts’ Case Management/Electronic Case Files system. Together the changes will reduce administrative strains, improve delivery of case information to judges, and protect debtor and creditor rights.

Read more about the new bankruptcy forms.

Firefox web browser on the App Store

Mozilla Firefox Icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mozilla Firefox has finally come to iOS, and you can sync it with your Apple and Android devices.

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5 apps for better Gmail | The Download Blog – CNET Download.com

by Joshua Rotter November 12, 2015, 6:32 PM

Gmail (iOSAndroid) may be a go-to email app on mobile, but I often go begrudgingly. For starters, my Gmail inbox is cluttered with myriad communication threads that are difficult to wade through, especially if they’re drawn out with quotations and signatures and have multiple addressees. Sometimes I can’t even tell where to respond. Gmail also lacks important features on mobile, such as quick access to contacts, one-swipe message deletion, and an easy unsubscribe or blocking solution. But you can improve your Gmail experience with the following five apps.

Read more…

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Adobe Security Notification Service

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