doPDF is a fairly basic program that's utterly bereft of features beyond its main function: to let users create PDF documents from within any program using the native Print option. Along with whatever printer you've got hooked up that shows up in the Print dialog box, doPDF adds an eponymous option. Select it, hit print, and you get the chance to change the name of the PDF you're creating. Hit enter and the PDF gets created, then automatically opens for you to proofread it.
Lacking any customization features and the control panel to manage them, doPDF is … Read more
As part of its effort to invigorate its search engine, Yahoo has begun testing a new project called Search Pad designed to detect when you've begun in-depth research and help you keep track of your results.
Yahoo Search Pad keeps track of search query terms used at the site and, when it detects a trend, offers to save the result in an online document. If you take its advice, it shows you a page already populated with the Web sites you've visited on the subject.
Through the Web-based application, you can annotate results, delete pages you don't … Read more
Much coverage of this year's Consumer Electronics Show is full of references to new Netbooks introduced at the show. But in fact, there were hardly any Netbooks at all, and those that did appear went almost unmentioned.
The truth is, the Netbook is dead, and good riddance. The concept of the Netbook was based on a tragic misunderstanding: the belief that tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of people worldwide wanted a portable computer that was small, power-efficient, and (here's the misunderstanding) not good for much beyond accessing the Internet.
That's where the "Net" in "… Read more
IBM is crowing about its increase in Lotus Notes licenses to 145 million, up five million in the past year. That's nice, but I'm willing to bet that Microsoft could issue a similar press release, and probably could claim even more Notes/Domino emigrants to Exchange.
In fact, for the past few years Microsoft has been doing exactly that.
If one looks to neutral analysts to be the line judge in this discussion, the water becomes even murkier, as eWeek points out:
Market share estimates vary widely for Exchange and Lotus Notes. Gartner Dataquest's most recent report … Read more
Quick programming note: posting is going to be rather light on Crave starting Tuesday.
Many of us will be on vacation for the holidays for the next week and a half, so the normal font of gadgety goodness will at times seem like a trickle. But don't worry, someone will always be on duty over the holiday break and if there's big news, expect to find it here.
Happy holidays from all of us at Crave!
How do you take and keep notes to yourself? With a desktop calendar, or even with Post-Its?
The freemium note-taking service Evernote not only takes multimedia notes--audio, photo, and text--but also syncs them to your Mac, PC, iPhone, Windows Mobile phone, and to the Web. That puts your videos, photos, scribbles, dictations, and other notes to yourself within reach wherever you have Internet or one of free Evernote's apps.
Watch this Fist Look video to see how Evernote works on them all.
It's our international show with an Australian phone, U.K. laptops for life and bandwidth troubles solved for a South African.
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Charlie in South Africa sent a video about bandwidth metering. There are a lot of filtering programs out there meant for protecting children, but that can be used to password protect Internet access. For more … Read more
Steven Levy writes about Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie in the latest issue of Wired. The nearly 7,000-word profile doesn't offer many new revelations about the software-plus-services or cloud-computing efforts that Ozzie is leading at Microsoft, but it provides a vivid portrait of Ozzie's path from the University of Illinois in 1973 to taking over Bill Gates' software czar responsibilities in 2005.
Following is an excerpt from Levy's profile characterizing the Gates-Ozzie relationship:
Ozzie left IBM and founded a startup called Groove Networks, which made collaborative software. Released in 2001, the Groove app was terrific … Read more