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Microsoft Surface RT, a surface of windows?

Well I finally got a deep dive on a Windows RT Surface device (with a Red keyboard!) and at first it had quite a bit going for it. I understand there is a lot more RAM than an iPad (2 Gig vs 512 Meg) and the "Metro" interface was a lot happier than on the Windows Phone 7. I agree that Metro seems a solution for a problem no one was having but with touch it makes some sense.


Opening a legal Word document and seeing it properly rendered was fantastic, and this alone could be a killer feature.

But after the first flush of working with a very Windows like experience and an IE like Web I struck my first major issue. Using a common security authentication I could not log on as I got IE errors. You cant run the ActiveX controls etc as this is not Windows per-se.

Most tellingly (I feel vindicated for my pronouncement of its death!)  a really cool Micsosoft BI Site we worked on with Silverlight did not work. Thats right no Silverlight support!

One of the annoyances with Windows Phone is that even if you have an SD slot you cant see it! I am sorry to report the same applied to the Surface, I could not see any use for the card yet. It was invisible. I am happy to be corrected.

Lastly the price + a keyboard is over 650 / 750 dollars. This starts to look scarily close to the price of the ulralight notebooks we have been buying.  

So please can someone help me to understand the compelling business proposition ? The iPad mini seems simple but more useful for half the dollars. It will also run iTimeKeep, RoamBI, Citrix Reciever, RDP and all my other must haves.

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How you bill your clients makes a big difference to cash flow. The way you bill has everything to do with how payment will be made. Are you giving your clients an easy excuse to not pay you?


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Firms traditionally offer credit easily. Whilst new clients are accepted through a risk analysis process the voice of the Credit Controller is not heard enough. These processes should identify potential risks through references to available searches and past history including the firm’s own records.

Before you offer credit make sure you agree and negotiate the terms of payment. You do not have to accept the 30 days from the end of the month the invoice was received. You are allowed to ask for a shorter term. What is important is that the client understands the terms and agrees to these terms before you start the matter. As a reminder, always ensure that the payment terms are listed on every bill. State the actual due date which is more effective than just…

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I am here today as both an observer and a participant in global legal services. I am the CEO of Timeframe a consulting firm based in both the USA and Australia.

My story used to be an exception in law, someone trying to bridge two very different cultures, this is no longer the case.

So the US, UK and Australia. Who is leading? All of them! It depends on the question.

I was in Perth earlier. One of the cities that we are told missed the GFC, and yet it is the most expensive city in the world outside Scandinavia to live in. Moody's recently reported Perth has the postcode with the nation's highest mortgage delinquency rate. And so we have a tale of two economies.

A similar story is unfolding for legal services practitioners. Major clients are no lon…