Foxit Software updates their incredible PDF Reader

For the most part I gave up on Acrobat’s own PDF viewer a while back. Foxit Software makes a far faster tool for viewing PDFs. Unfortunately I had to keep Acrobat for the times I wanted to print a large document. In that case, Acrobat was several orders of magnitude faster than Foxit (a few minutes to print a 200 page document vs over an hour). Well, Foxit has come up with v2 of their reader. One of the listed improvements is faster printing times. I look forward to trying this out when I go back into the office on Monday. Hopefully then I can completely remove Acrobat from my system.

What is the right config for an International class???

If you read this with any regularity, you know that I teach classes in Workflow, Alchemy, and Rightfax for Captaris. I teach these classes around the world to people who rarely use American keyboards as their primary input device. And most encounter problems when they use my equipment that was set up for a US/English keyboard. Usually the tough parts of the actual class are easy, but then they get stuck trying to find the double quote, or underscore, or some other character. I am not sure what the right way to solve this problem is. One student suggested installed a multi-lingual version of Windows. But looking around, I don’t see one that includes English. I seem to remember that NT or 2000 had separate language packs that you could install. But I don’t know if that exists for 2003 and XP. I can’t simply have a set of machines for each class. What is the right solution for this problem? Any ideas???

UPDATE: OK, moments after submitting that I found the MUI FAQ on This seems to answer most of my questions. I must have misunderstood what I was reading before about MUI. But these packs seem to solve a different problem. I obviously need to play with this a bit more.

Great feature on

OK, after finding out about that great feature of Google, I looked around a bit at the service I was replacing. Wow, there is a great page on there called Meeting Planner. Enter in your location, and up to 5 other locations and after a while it comes up with a nice pretty chart that shows the times in each location throughout the day, highlighting the mid day hours, and also making it clear when it is really too late to call.

This is really awesome. I am going to print this out on a color printer and put it up on my wall. Its an incredible reference and a very cool idea.

World Time from SlickRun

I have been a fan of SlickRun ever since I first heard of the tool, way before the author went to work for MSFT. Its one of the first things I install on every new machine I use. Now that I live in Amsterdam and my family and coworkers are all over the world, I have to figure out what the local time is every time I call. I can’t just remember that my parents are 9 hours behind, because when I am in Dubai, or Singapore, or Melbourne, well, they aren’t. So I constantly go up to something like and navigate around to find their time. But now there is a better way. I just type – (Thats my shortcut to bring up SlickRun), and then type time new york, or time sydney, or time seattle, or time hong kong and I get google to tell me the local time there. Very slick. The Magic word I set up is time, and the filename is:$W$%22. Now everything I type after time is wrapped in quotes and sent to Google. I found out about this little Google feature from LifeHacker and I am so damned excited about it.