If you’re a techie, or ever tried to look like one, you have no doubt toted your laptop or tablet into a high-powered meeting so you can demonstrate how “tech cool” you are by having ready access to a cache of digital documents and by taking digital notes, leaving the old yellow legal pad out of sight. Yes, we have done the same thing. No matter that we love to doodle on our legal pad in between taking serious notes, or draw pictures, diagrams, or just weird geometric shapes; with digital note taking on a laptop, it’s all “business” all the time. However cool it may be to fire up our electronic devices as we go into a meeting; many times there seems to be an invisible barrier erected when the laptop screen goes up, particularly in small meetings such as client interviews or depositions. Tapping away on one’s laptop when carrying on a conversation can be disconcerting to the other party and may even be perceived as rude. Certainly we never picked up that vibe when just jotting notes on a legal pad….somehow, that is socially acceptable.