The Common Scold

The Common Scold is named after a cause of action that originated in Pilgrim days, when meddlesome, argumentative, opinionated women who displeased the Puritan elders were punished by a brisk dunk in the local pond. Believe it or not, the tort lasted until 1972, when State v. Palendrano, 120 N.J. Super. 336, 293 A.2d 747 (N.J.Super.L., Jul 13, 1972) pretty much put it to rest. But the thought of those feisty women, not afraid of a little cold water, has always cheered me up and inspired me. I first used the moniker as the name of my humor column at the University of San Francisco School of Law many moons ago, and revive it now for this blawg!



Iomega Sweet Deals: Ross Kodner, president of Milwaukee-based MicroLaw Inc., alerts members of the TechLaw listserv about a great deal for an Iomega Micro Mini USB drive.

"The 64 Mb version is what I carry on my keychain - It's a great auxiliary drive companion to my larger capacity model I keep in my laptop bag. With two rebates from PC Connection and Iomega, it's free," says Kodner.

English_dictionary125x125More cheap deals: PalmOne is offering an English Dictionary with Thesauraus, by Paragon Technologie GMBH for $2.81 (normally $20).  It has more than 140,000 entries, and is designed for Palm OS handhelds. It includes a "word of the day" feature and a flash card quiz to help you learn new words. To get it at the 85% discount,  just enter the promo code ENGLDICT at checkout.

Laptop What's Hot? Meanwhile, Jobst Elster of the Envision Agency checks in from Cocoa Beach, Fla., puzzled about how to find free wireless hotspots.

"I can’t seem to find a wireless directory anywhere online, most of it is word-of-mouth, and all the popular spots (e.g., Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc.) are all fee-based. The same goes for airports and knowing who provides free wi-fi access."

Anybody know of a list of free wifi hot spots? Holler and I'll list them: commonscold@amlaw.com. (I've started a box to list hot spots and wireless networks -- see right nav bar.)

In the meantime, Cisco Systems has discontinued its own list of hotspots, recommending instead the WiFi Alliance's roster.

Speaking of wifi, I do recommend the Hilton family of hotels -- many (esp. the Garden Inns and Hampton Inns) are offering free high speed access, and many are converting to wireless.

December 29, 2004 | Permalink


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