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  • Sliding over to LibreOffice — or not

    Posted on July 19th, 2021 at 02:41 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PRODUCTIVITY

    Sandra Henry-Stocker

    By Sandra Henry-Stocker

    LibreOffice is a great replacement for Microsoft Office.

    It provides a very similar set of applications. All are top-quality, easy to use, versatile, and well supported. This includes tools to create documents, spreadsheets, slide shows, databases, drawings, etc. LibreOffice and MS Office are similar enough that you’re likely to get off to a fast start when you first use any of the apps. LibreOffice is also completely free — no initial price tag and no monthly fees.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.27.0 (2021-07-19).

  • It’s unsubscribe season! Clean that inbox

    Posted on December 26th, 2020 at 15:18 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The most wonderful time of the year is here! It’s unsubscribe season! Unsubscribe season is when I de-clutter my mailbox in a deep cleaning kind of way. This year, I couldn’t help myself, my annoyance level was so high that I started unsubscribing in mid-December but usually unsubscribe season happens after Christmas though the second week of January. Why then? Because every newsletter, every corporation, every hopeful salesperson, sends out their season’s greetings and predictions for the new year. This means that every last organization that has your email address will send you an email and by the grace of the can-spam act they are required to include an unsubscribe link. Every time you hit that unsubscribe link, a little bit of joy comes back into your life. Therefore, it’s the most wonderful time of year.

    Does it work?

    Years ago, I used to advise my clients not to click the unsubscribe button because all it did was verify that your email address had a live person attached to it. But the can-spam act changed all of that. It holds businesses responsible for generating mailing lists in a fair way and for making it easy and then honoring unsubscribe requests. So, hit that unsubscribe link and bring bits of joy back into your email life. It works!

  • How to fill out a PDF form with Adobe Acrobat Reader

    Posted on September 23rd, 2019 at 01:05 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PRODUCTIVITY

    By Lance Whitney

    Entering information into PDF-based forms can be an exercise in frustration — especially if it’s something you don’t do often.

    Let’s say, for example, that you have a PDF tax form that needs to be filled out. You could use Adobe Acrobat to complete the task (and also do lots of other tricks with PDF files), but that’s a pricey proposition — around U.S. $180 per year — especially if you rarely need to edit or annotate PDFs.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.34.0 (2019-09-23).