I was in trial for much of last week and it was a bit of a technology nightmare. The case was being tried in the Orange County California Court, which prides itself on its technical advancement but is still well off the mark in terms of best practices.

It appeared to be the typical mishmash of vendors and technologies often seen in environments that break up technology deployments and focus on the lowest bid. We had problems with PCs not working because of background apps that likely shouldn’t have been running. We had compatibility issues, connectivity issues and the way-too-common issues of just getting machines to talk to the digital projectors so we could see the slides (I was reminded again how much I hate dongles).

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