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Karl's Corner: Welcome!

June 01, 2006

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Welcome to my new PDF blog cum personal soapbox, where I'm going to highlight a little of the (hopefully) interesting material that I've found during my week. Rather than overloading you with solely PDF-related material (you can visit the rest of Planet PDF for that sort of stuff) -- I'm going to take the angle of someone who's much focused on PDF and share a few of my related observations with you.

For example, one of the first points I wanted to make a big deal about was dual monitors and PDF. We've had dual monitors for years; they're compulsory for everyone. Relatively speaking, these guys are pretty cheap now and they offer such a huge performance and productivity improvement for staff members that it was a no-brainer. Imagine writing on a desk that you could only fit one piece of paper on and having to move it out of the way in order to get to the next page or check back on something you'd previously written?

Check out these previous Planet PDF pieces on optimal monitor setups:

Dual monitors in action.


Figure 1. Dual monitors: compulsory.

On a more immediate note, I've now been back from Florida for 2 weeks now and I'm already missing the opportunity to chat amongst my PDF brethren face-to-face. The next event on the PDF calendar is going to be Carl Young's PDF Conference in Washington DC around late September.

Speaking of the nation's capital, we all know that the IRS has been a big driver for PDF forms and electronic filings (well, we do now). If you think you had trouble getting your submission together, check this out -- I chanced across it while reading TaxProf Blog today. Imagine how the team at GE felt after penning a 24,000 page long document that was over 237 MB. To put that in perspective, I PDFed this photo (see below) of my good buddy Ted Padova, and it came out to 3.5 KB. To match GE's giant tax return, I'd need just shy of 68000 Teds.

Ted Padova


Figure 2. Ted Padova: Coz every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man.

I'll be back next week with more rumblings and ramblings from the world of PDF.

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