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So it's good for marketing shots and advertising. Browsers are also widely available, cross platform and free and have useful features like search.
But it's difficult to guarantee the way a document will look if you write it as a web page . . . cross-browser testing is a much greater task than just seeing testing in Acrobat Reader. The web was designed for hypertext, PDFs are just for professional looking static documents.

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/01/ipad_gaelic/

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Surely you jest? That hated link that suddenly freezes your browser without warning.

Put it another way, what's good about it?
sort your browser out then. doesn't freeze on my computer.

what's good? it's free to read, what you see is what you print, universally readable across different platforms, free software to produce pdf files, everyone knows how to read/open the files, renders equally across platforms.
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Old 01.04.2010, 11:05
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But it's difficult to guarantee the way a document will look if you write it as a web page . . . cross-browser testing is a much greater task than just seeing testing in Acrobat Reader. The web was designed for hypertext, PDFs are just for professional looking static documents.
I know, but what use are they to anyone? It's such an outdated idea that ignores the usefulness of the device it's being viewed on, most peole just print them out I guess.

I got an ebook reader for christmas, and I kind of like it, but the limitations of the PDF format it uses infuriate me. Why can't it jump between the notes and the text? why can't I do a search? It seems such a simple concept.
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what day is it again?
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Re: The Apple iPad

First of April ...
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sort your browser out then. doesn't freeze on my computer.
It doens't kill it, it's just that irritating processor hog as the bloated reader opens.
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Old 01.04.2010, 11:08
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It doens't kill it, it's just that irritating processor hog as the bloated reader opens.
PDF format is an ISO standard and there are many lightweight readers available that can start faster. also you can speed up adobe reader a lot be disabling the plugins on startup.
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Old 01.04.2010, 11:10
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PDF format is an ISO standard and there are many lightweight readers available that can start faster. also you can speed up adobe reader a lot be disabling the plugins on startup.
Tell that to my system administrator.
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PDF format is an ISO standard and there are many lightweight readers available that can start faster. also you can speed up adobe reader a lot be disabling the plugins on startup.
I have a real bugger with this at the moment, a specific file downloaded from IEEE Explore freezes Opera
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Old 01.04.2010, 11:15
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First of April ...
Indeed . . .

Here's another IT one:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7541455/Ferrets-key-to-bridging-the-digital-divide-between-cities-and-rural-areas.html
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Old 01.04.2010, 12:07
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Indeed . . .

Here's another IT one:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/news...ral-areas.html
That's not as daft as it seems. We used our cats to lay cables under our floorboards when we lived in the UK.

The cats pulled through lengths of string and we attached the cables to those.
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That's not as daft as it seems. We used our cats to lay cables under our floorboards when we lived in the UK.

The cats pulled through lengths of string and we attached the cables to those.
Were they CAT cables?

Ah, geek jokes, you've got to love 'em...
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Re: The Apple iPad

I just can't believe the coolest potential portable media center fro the home doesn't have flash capabilities.
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Old 01.04.2010, 13:55
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Were they CAT cables?

Ah, geek jokes, you've got to love 'em...
actually, the ethernet cables are numbered by the grading of the cat required to pull them through the gaps. e.g. standard ethernet (CAT5) requires a level 5 cat, whereas the newer cables for gig-e require an enhanced strength 5 cat (CAT5e cable)
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They do, and I hate PDF, but so many companies use it for docs and manuals, **** knows why. Most aren't searchable, can't be copied from (probably the favourite selling point) and are slow. Better than getting manuals in Word though.
That and Adobe Reader is extremely insecure. Adobe doesn't give a rat's a** about security - they patch their holes weeks after they've started to get actively exploited.
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Re: The Apple iPad

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/seealso/2...ples_ipad.html

Some fresh reviews
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Re: The Apple iPad

I'm honestly not impressed with the iPad but then again I wasn't impressed with the first generation of the iPhone too. Initial reviews online show it to be glitchy and lacking in structure.

I would personally wait for the second generation of this thing to buy it as Apple will probably bring a lot of improvements to it. That's what I'm doing with the iPhone 4G.
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lacking in structure
What do you mean exactly?
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Re: The Apple iPad

Now that they are for sale, has anyone taken the plunge? If so, initial thoughts?
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Old 03.04.2010, 21:50
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Re: The Apple iPad

They aren't available in Europe until the end of April. At least thats what I thought. Unless you meant has anyone ordered it yet? D'oh!!

I'll be buying the missus one as a gift. Might get myself one as well
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