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posted in October 2005

How Many Office Suites?

The release of OpenOffice 2.0 is a red-letter day for the open-source movement, but what does it mean for for companies and individuals who now have a choice of more than half a dozen alternatives to Microsoft Office? Free is good, and OpenOffice is free -- but is it good? We'll find out -- there's a review coming in Desktop Pipeline RSN. It looks like the office-suite marketplace is settling down into three camps. The first is the free ones, like OpenOffice. The second is the commercial ones,

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Ink Is Thicker Than Water

The next time you dig into your pocket for $40 or $50 to buy a couple of cartridges for your inkjet printer, just remember -- the printer manufacturers don't enjoy charging such outrageous prices. They're only doing it to make you happy. Really. HP said so yesterday when it sued Cartridge World for supposedly violating a patent on its ink formulation. The article included a quote from Pradeep Jotwani, senior vice president of supplies

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askSam and the REAL Leonardo

askSam has posted Leonardo Da Vinci's Complete Notebooks in a free, searchable askSam database. The REAL Leonardo (not the Hollywood DiCaprio) thus joins Hamlet, HIPAA, and the published opinions of John Roberts -- in all the database company has built a library of almost two dozen texts available for searching online or for download along with its free askSam reader app. askSam, in case you're not familiar with it, is a database manager that is especially good at handling freeform text. It's o

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Microsoft's Patch Dilemma

Microsoft wants you to know it's making progress on the security of its software. It's feeling so comfortable, in fact, that last Thursday and Friday it held a meeting in Redmond and invited several security consultants to critique its performance. Unfortunately, the PR value of the "Blue Hat" (the consultants aren't black hats -- the bad guys -- nor are they necessarily white hats -- the good guys, get it?) session was undercut by problems in Microsoft's most recent set of patches to fix secur

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Digital Rights and Wrongs

If you haven't read Fredric Paul's rant about Why Everyone Hates The Music Industry you should check it out. Fred is reacting to a Forrester Research study that actually uses Elisabeth Kubler-Ross' famous five stages of death and dying as the framework for its analysis, but he goes further, and I think he's absolutely right.

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Editing PDFs, Etc.

This just in from the Desktop Pipeline "What I Really Meant to Say" Department: In my e-mail newsletter this week I wrote an Editor's Note about recent developments in the open document format area -- the release of Star Office 8, the Massachusetts state government's decision against Microsoft Office, and Microsoft's announcement that it would offer PDF as an output format in Office 12 next year. In the course of

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Sun/Google: Less Than Meets The Eye?

So what WAS that all about? Yesterday morning we're getting reports that Sun Microsystems and Google are going to announce something like a Web-based competitor to Microsoft Office, and then they hold a press conference and make a lot of hoo-ha about installing the Google Toolbar along with Sun's JRE, as in "Java Runtime Environment"? Doesn't that strike you as a little bit . . . lame?

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Airplane Reading

Hi, I'm back. Did you miss me? I took my first real vacation in a long time, went to Munich for Oktoberfest and on for a r-e-s-s-s-t-f-u-l-l-l week on the Aegean coast of Greece. It's interesting how different the perspective is from overseas. Other than my 16-year-old Greek nephew, who wanted to know about Vista and told me all about what he's doing with Bart PE, I didn't talk computers with anybody. Only my airplane reading did anything to satisfy my jones for PC news. But that was plenty.

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