Technical Faux Pas of the Week – February 13, 2021

We’ve all heard the concept of addressing the elephant in the room, but during a livestream of a virtual court proceeding in Texas, had to address the cat on the screen.  Attorney Rod Ponton was using his assistant’s laptop computer, when he appeared…as a cute little white feline.  The assistant’s daughter had previously used the laptop and – apparently to everyone’s surprised (or in this case, maternal horror) – had installed a Zoom filter on it.  The dutiful assistant worked to correct the error, as Ponton insisted, “I am not a cat.”

Naturally, “I am not a cat” has become a popular meme.  As a wolf man, I’d be offended to come across as a cat, but seeing legal professionals stumble so badly because they didn’t prepare for the unexpected is just too…well, precious!

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