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Seriously Considering Switching To ‘Foxit’ ‘PhantomPDF’ In Preference To Adobe Acrobat.

by Anura Guruge


I have been using ‘Adobe Acrobat‘ for decades — since the mid 1990s!

I have never really got to like it. I think of ‘Acrobat’ as a pain.

I have had ‘Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro’ since about 2009. I am OK with it. It does what I need.

But, ‘Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro‘ is NOT supposed to work with ‘Windows 10’ & the next PC I get will have to have ’10’. 7 no longer gets security updates.

The latest Acrobat prices are CRAZY. Yes, I can afford to get it, BUT it feels like exploitation — especially given my limited need & use of Acrobat.

So, I am going to give ‘PhantomPDF‘ a try.

Yes, of course, I will keep YOU posted. Cheers.


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I Started Using Microsoft’s OneDrive Cold-Turkey & To My Horror, Kind Of Enjoying It.

by Anura Guruge



I have had a love-hate relationship with Microsoft for the last 30-years. To begin with it was my loyalty to IBM. But, much of it was due to my distrust of them.

That said, for the at least the last 25-years or more I have been using, at a minimum, Microsoft Word on a daily basis (other than when I am travelling). Most days I would use Word, Excel and PowerPoint. There was also a period of about 10-years when I used FrontPage on a fairly regular basis. And I have to confess I have taught Microsoft Office classes! Plus, I, alas, use Windows — though there was a time I was a devout Apple fanatic. Then, in 1997 I had to start using PowerPoint on Windows for some of my consulting work. At that time I had 6 Macs in the house. I had to go out and get a Windows 95 PC — for PowerPoint. Within 11-months I had multiple PCs and I was giving away my Macs.

But, I always try to avoid using new MS products.

That was the case with OneDrive. I am a heavy Google Drive user and have been for years.

But, I resisted OneDrive.

But, a couple of days ago I have to start rethinking my MS plans because, ALAS, I am planning to get a new PC with Windows 10. OneDrive is very much a part of Windows 10. I noticed that THOUGH I was not using it, my MS Office applications, e.g., Word, had me logged onto OneDrive.

So, two-days ago I decided to use OneDrive. It is really no different to Google Drive. So, there was no learning curve to speak of. Yes, it is easier to backup my Office files directly to OneDrive without having to upload them, manually, to Google Drive. NO, I do not believe in auto-backup. No siree. I like to have control,

Anywho … So far, so good. I am even impressed. It is easy enough to use and quite convenient.


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‘Prepdog.org’ Is Great For Homeschooling — Just Make Sure You Are Using ‘Chrome’.

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Though we are now homeschooling Teischan, I like her to take the same NWEA Testing, at year end, as she would have taken at school. That way there is never any misunderstandings, with anyone, as to whether she completed the year or did the appropriate testing.

One challenge of homeschooling is finding test preparation material — especially online and with automated, self-assessment.

I stumbled upon ‘prepdog.org’ this weekend and was delighted. It has a fair amount of tests and automated scoring — PROVIDED that you use Chrome. We found that out to our costs this morning. Teischan, on a Windows 10 PC uses Internet Explorer. She was NOT getting the scores. I tried it on an Android Tablet and on one of my PCs and I would get the results, each time, with no problem. Then it dawned on me. Chrome. Downloaded and installed it, BINGO. Everything works.

So a heads up.


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Short Microsoft (MSFT) — Windows 10 Is Riddled With ‘Critical Errors’.

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Deanna ‘upgraded’ from Windows 7 to Window 10 and it proved to be an unmitigated DISASTER! Windows 10 is absolutely riddled with SERIOUS — nay, CRITICAL — errors and it is slower than frozen molasses.

Basic things like the START menu stop working or sometimes JUST DISAPPEARS. Yes, the START MENU goes away. I found a fix for that on YouTube and that worked.

Then two days ago, about a week after we fixed the missing START menu problem, she started getting the above CRITICAL message. We spent many hours, to no avail, trying to fix that. I gave up. She, quite rightly, detests Windows 10. So I gave her the restore disk for her laptop and within about an hour, while we watched family TV, her ASUS laptop was back running Windows 7 — and everything is noticeably faster.

Check the Web. Windows 10 has serious problems. Lot of folks are doing what Deanna did. Reverting back to Windows 8 or Windows 7.

This is bad. It is a disaster. I, from day one, had a sneaking suspicion that we would start having issues like this with Satya Nadella. I don’t think he will last long BUT it looks like that he will drive MSFT even further into the ground before they boot him out.

I don’t understand WHY this is NOT getting reported in the financial media, e.g., CNBC and MarketWatch! Definitely looks like a coverup. Are they getting paid by Nadella to keep this under wraps. But, trust me, this is NOT good news for Windows 10. This debacle with further sully the MSFT brand and convince even more people to ditch PCs and go with Apple or Android.

So, YOU have been warned. Do your due diligence. Google. Yes, Google.


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