I got back from San Francisco this afternoon after nearly two weeks away. Mary Ann (Mrs D) and I went first to the excellent Carmel Valley eDiscovery Retreat a new venture organised by Chris La Cour.
The star turn there was US Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck, both as a keynote speaker on the subject of predictive coding and as an informed and informative panellist, to say nothing of his useful interventions from the floor. Also on the panel was US Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte, increasingly a voice to be heard on the balance which is called proportionality. Back in San Francisco, she showed us her court, an interesting supplement to my knowledge of the US judicial system.
There were other excellent sessions and plenty of interesting people to talk to. My reports will come out over the next few days, together with some comments received on an earlier post and my reaction to them. It seems likely that Chris La Cour will repeat the show next year. If he does, I recommend that you go, for the atmosphere as much as for the learning.
We then spent a few days driving up and down (or, strictly, down and then up) the North California coast, reckoning that the mist which is endemic in those parts was probably a better deal than the heatwave afflicting the rest of the US. It was a great trip, which I will try and write up in due course. We ended with three days in San Francisco, mixing work-related meetings with cable car rides and bridge views. We will be back.
A formation of Pelicans at Point Reyes (Photo: Chris Dale)
I kept up, more or less, with Twitter, but hope to be forgiven for missing a few which I would usually re-tweet – the north coast is largely a comms-free zone. There may also be some e-mails deserving replies which I will get to at the weekend.
On the personal technology front, two black marks for Vodafone: the first is for its continuing failure to work out why I cannot make calls from abroad (something which, necessarily, I can only test once there); the second is for abruptly chopping my iPad data downloads when I hit my contractual ceiling, with a curt message to ring customer service – not easy when your Vodafone BlackBerry doesn’t work, even if they had given me a number to call from the US.
High praise, however, for Evernote which allows you to make notes and drafts on one device and pick them up automatically on others – one of those life-transforming apps, particularly if you travel and have multiple operating systems.
The best news of the week concerns the imminent arrival of a new sponsor for the eDisclosure Information Project, a major player with whom I very much look forward to working.
First, though, is another graduation ceremony in Leeds tomorrow when our eldest son, Charlie, collects his Masters degree in music. This, therefore, is just a holding post to head off the messages which will otherwise come in demanding to know why the blog has fallen silent.