If you’ve ever looked at Engadget or Gizmodo, you know there are an overwhelming number of new products appearing all the time. Here’s one that looks like it might be particularly useful.

There are hundreds of cell phones and other handheld devices with two inch screens that theoretically can browse the web. […] continued

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PDF has become the standard format for most documents exchanged in the business world, and it is increasingly used to exchange documents during negotiation or collaboration. Microsoft Word has well-known tools for comparing drafts of documents and redlining changes, but the process has always been more difficult with PDFs.

Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional can compare two PDFs and generate a report that compares the two versions side by side and highlights any changes or deletions. […] continued

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Google announced a new advertising program last week and the reports focused on a new Google policy that doesn’t affect us directly. (Briefly: Google sends money to advertisers when a web surfer clicks on a Google advertising link on a web page; the new program only pays the money if the web surfer also takes some followup action on the advertiser’s web site.) […] continued

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Two clients reported problems printing e-mail messages from Outlook 2003 – the message headers weren’t printing, the part that shows Date:, To:, From: and Subject. In each case, it was erratic – some messages would print correctly, others would be missing the header info.

Apparently there’s a bug in the way Outlook 2003 interacts with Internet Explorer 7 – something to do with the IE7 feature that shrinks pages so they print properly. […] continued

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Ze Frank has just finished a year of producing The Show, three-minute video monologues that appeared online five days a week. Slate, the Los Angeles Times, and others are writing paeans to a project that blossomed into something unique and special. The audience turned into a community making creative contributions and The Show became a conversation – consistently interesting and frequently hilarious. […] continued

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I’ll be out of town from March 27-31.

I’ll be in an area with cell phone coverage, but you’ll have to pardon me if I’m a little distracted or if it’s hard for me to hear the phone.

I’ll also be checking e-mail each afternoon.

Mikel Cook has graciously offered to be available for emergencies. […] continued

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On March 9 the Justice Department’s inspector general revealed that the FBI has been systematically abusing its expanded power to issue “national security letters” and obtain private information about US citizens and residents from telephone companies, Internet service providers, banks, credit providers, and other businesses.

Between 2003 and 2005 the FBI issued more than 140,000 specific demands, without a showing of probable cause or prior judicial approval, to obtain potentially sensitive information about U.S. […] continued

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Just a quick followup to my whining that the Microsoft Office 2007 suite seemed unreasonably slow – here’s an article specifically complaining about the performance of Outlook 2007 and describing widespread grumbling by users, bloggers, and even Microsoft consultants. The article also describes a situation with which I am painfully familiar – the same programs will work fine on one computer and work slowly or crash on the seemingly identical computer right next to it. […] continued

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Timeslips has updated its web site with information about Vista compatibility – or more accurately, lack of compatibility. Other vendors are working out their Vista issues; Timeslips is beginning to stand out like a sore thumb.

The company reports firmly that Timeslips 2006 and earlier versions won’t work with Vista. Okay, lots of software makers are in that position. […] continued

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Just a brief followup about the damaging OneCare putdown delivered by Arno Edelman, business security manager for Microsoft Europe.

According to Microsoft, it never happened.

Microsoft reportedly issued a statement saying that Mr. Edelman “emphatically denies ever making” any such comments “in the brief time he spoke with this reporter.” […] continued

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Back in ancient times – 4 or 5 years ago – many people tried their hands at learning a little HTML and creating a web site. Microsoft FrontPage wasn’t easy to learn but other programs were harder and FrontPage is the only one to develop any name recognition with consumers. Did you know FrontPage has been discontinued? […] continued

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Windows Live OneCare is under attack from the media, and unfortunately the attacks are well-founded and worrisome.

Last month a terrible, inexcusable bug was discovered in the new version 1.5 of OneCare that could delete or quarantine Outlook .PST files. It is reportedly fixed now. Like many bugs, it only affected a small number of people. […] continued

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Yet another tale of woe. is one of the largest web hosting companies in the world. They established themselves in Europe before making a big splashy entrance in the US a couple of years ago, with huge advertising sections on thick glossy paper in dozens of magazines. They offer rock bottom prices, a wide range of services, and well-designed online control panels. […] continued

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If you are downloading music with file sharing programs, the RIAA believes you are a thief and a pirate and you should go to a federal prison.

That’s been true for a long time. Many people – roughly, the entire population of the world – have decided to live with that guilt and download music anyway. […] continued

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I recently reformatted a hard drive and reinstalled Windows XP from scratch, using a CD for Windows that included Service Pack 2.

The next step was to download the patches and updates released since Service Pack 2 – almost a hundred of them, almost two hundred megabytes to download and more than half an hour to install, followed by a restart and another batch, followed by a restart and a few more, followed by a restart and a few more. […] continued

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