Not a Typical Blog Post Today

Since we started eDiscovery Daily back in September 2010, we have yet to miss a scheduled day to publish a blog post.  I’m not sure if today counts, but I feel compelled to talk about my dad.  Please excuse this one day departure from our normal topics.

My dad passed away on the morning of July 4, peacefully, in his sleep.  His name was Doug Austin too.  His funeral is today.  Dad never met a stranger and loved family and friends above all.  He would always tell us “be careful” when we left, even if it was just to go to the store 5 minutes away, and would say “no use to rush off” even if we stayed with him all day.  He loved spending time with family and numerous long-time friends.

He was a talented artist who loved to paint and create stained glass artwork.  All of our family has at least one of his beautiful stained glass pieces and dad typically welcomed each new member of the family with a stained glass piece tailored to them.  He was a great cook and I still prefer his steaks over those of any restaurant.

He had quirky sayings like “I’m still able to take nourishment” and “It’s time to get up and pay for your bed”.  When he farted, he would say “oops, I stepped on a frog”.  When he was really tired, he could snore loud enough to peel the paint off the walls.

He survived over 21 years after quadruple bypass surgery and survived over 2 years after being in the hospital for over three months.  He had congestive heart failure, COPD, kidney issues, lymphoma and a terrific, up-beat attitude that enabled him to not only survive all that for years, but to thrive.  He was always there for those he cared about and truly felt blessed by the love of his Lord Jesus Christ, his family and his friends.

I feel blessed to have had such a terrific father.  Dad, I love you.

Back to typical eDiscovery topics tomorrow, I promise.

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Announcement: Trial Solutions is now CloudNine Discovery!


In addition to today’s regular blog post about eDiscovery case law, we have an important announcement: Trial Solutions is pleased to announce that we have officially changed our name to CloudNine Discovery!

After much discussion, we determined that a more accurate name was needed to represent our expanded products and services which have developed over the years, particularly in the areas of online data and document review hosting

We selected our new name, "CloudNine Discovery" with two goals in mind: 1) to continue providing customer service that puts our clients "on cloud nine" and 2) to lead the world in combining self-service with managed hosting and "cloud" storage.  Cloud storage is a model of networked online storage where data is stored on multiple virtual servers, generally hosted by third parties, rather than being hosted on local servers.

Our mission will continue to be to simplify the discovery process through innovative technology, transforming data hosting into a world-class experience that is easy and affordable. CloudNine Discovery will offer the same products and services offered by Trial Solutions, and our core leadership will remain intact.

As for the eDiscovery Daily blog?  While the name of the sponsor has changed, the blog will continue to provide daily eDiscovery news and analysis each and every business day, just as we always have.  We haven’t missed a day yet (knock on wood!) and will do our best to continue to provide useful information from an eDiscovery perspective.

As always, please share any comments you might have or if you'd like to know more about a particular topic.

CORRECTION: Announcing Thought Leader Interview with Jeffrey Brandt, Editor of Pinhawk Law Technology Daily Digest


As eDiscovery Daily has done in the past, we have periodically interviewed various thought leaders in eDiscovery and legal technology to provide insight as to trends in the industry for our readers to consider.  Recently, I was able to interview Jeffrey Brandt, Editor of the Pinhawk Law Technology Daily Digest and columnist for Legal IT Professionals.

With an educational background in computer science and mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, Jeff has over twenty four years of experience in the field of legal automation working with various organizations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  I believe you will find he has some unique insights to share with the readers of eDiscovery Daily regarding legal technology trends.

I had stated that Jeff's interview will be published this Friday, April 22, but forgot that this Friday is Good Friday (no blog post that day, sorry!).  So, Jeff's interview will be published next Monday, April 25 instead.  Mark your calendars!

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