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Chang, Ruthenberg & Long

THE FIRM: Located in Gold River, Calif., (a suburb of Sacramento), Chang, Ruthenberg & Long LLC is an employee benefits boutique, with three partners and three associates. It's a Mac shop, except for a single, custom-built Intel Pentium II 333 MHz computer that is used to access Westlaw and LEXIS/NEXIS. The partners share one Mac G3 Powerbook laptop. At the office, lawyers have e-mail, but no browser access to the Internet. From outside the office, they access calendars and e-mail using Apple Remote Access software. Other software: Now Up to Date, Microsoft Office 98, and Legal Master.

Kevin Long

VITALS: Member. B.A.: Univ. of Calif. Santa Barbara, '80; J.D.: Univ. of San Francisco, '84.

HARDWARE: Office: Power PC 6100/60. Home: G3 Yosemite (first generation G3). Quadra 610 with DOS 386 card. Performa 575 with OS 7.1.

CELL PHONE: Nokia 2160. AT&T Wireless Digital PCS service.

CAR: '99 Nissan Maxima.

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Professional tennis.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON? Either in the yard or on the tennis court; or on the tennis court on the cell phone telling my wife why I'm not in the yard.

TECH ACCOMPLISHMENT: Closing a transaction with lawyers in four cities, using conference calls and e-mail.

TECH TREND: Integration. The ability to manage client data, work product, and for inventory management to be online and accessible at all times, so productivity goes through the roof.

QUOTE: "I've never let my schooling interfere with my education." -- Mark Twain.

Jeffrey Chang

VITALS: Founding member. B.A.: Univ. of Calif. Berkeley, '76; J.D.; U.C. Davis, '79.

HARDWARE: Office: Power PC 6100. (Upgrading to G4 this year.) Home: G3 and Performa, with 21" NEC monitor. Printers: Mac Laserwriter; Epson 1440. Scanner: Epson Perfection 636.

RESEARCH FAVORITE: BNA's daily and weekly pension reporter service, via e-mail.

TECH ACCOMPLISHMENT: Upgraded to ISDN lines last year. DSL this year.

CELL PHONE: Nokia 5160. AT&T Wireless plan.

CARS: Chevy Suburban '98, Toyota Previa '91. Just bought a Honda Civic for college-bound son, using the Web:

BOOKMARKS:;; college Web sites.

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Once and Again.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON? At a tennis tournament for one of my boys.

QUOTE: "If you want to make enemies, try to change something."

Kenneth Ruthenberg

VITALS: Managing shareholder. B.S.: Univ. of Kansas, '69; J.D.: Hastings College of the Law (Univ. of Calif.) '74; LL.M. (Tax): Golden Gate Univ. School of Law, '85.

HARDWARE: Office: G3, Viewsonic monitor. Home: G3 and three older Macs. Apple Studio Display monitor. Software: Word 98.


CELL PHONE: Audiovox MVX507.

CARS: '89 Camaro IROC Z-28. '65 Corvette.


TECH ACCOMPLISHMENT: Locating and purchasing an old wood tennis racket on e-Bay.

TECH TREND: Using Web and CD-ROM research, especially for older lawyers. Getting rid of hard copies.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON? If not at the office, at home doing yard work or at the grocery store.

QUOTE: "We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give." -- W. Churchill.

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