September, 2011

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September, 2011

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    PDFs on


    I just realized that has support for PDFs – so to test it out, I put up a copy of The Fourth Paradigm book MSR put out and the Silverlight viewer works great – no need for a plugin.  Try it out and see what you think….

    Here’s the link to the original blog post about the PDF support – the neat part was to see the example below – links to the original press release for Windows 1.0.

    Support for PDF files

    We want to help you share rich and meaningful content with your friends.

    Starting today, you may now upload PDF files directly to to share with your Facebook friends. strives first and foremost to be a tremendous social experience. The ability to seamlessly create a document, invite your Facebook friends to view or edit, and receive feedback and comments is extremely powerful. As you may know, Office 2010 allows you to save your work to PDF. Given this great enhancement to Office, we think it only makes sense for to allow you to share your PDF files with your friends to capture their feedback and comments. And, like the Office docs you can already share, we believe the social interaction that enables will enrich your PDF files.

    Over the past several months, we’ve built a Silverlight viewer that will allow you to read PDF files directly within Although we���re in the early stages, with improvements on the horizon, we hope you’ll like the performance and fidelity of the in-browser PDF viewing experience. For a browser-based viewer, it renders documents beautifully. Here is an example.

    As always, please let us know if you experience any problems. If you do not have Silverlight installed, you may do so here. Or, if you choose not to install Silverlight, you can download and view any PDF on your PC or Mac.

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    Back from time off…more fun to come


    Today summer seemed to come to an end – the “marine layer” moved in from the coast and brought cool weather and clouds…so much for the last few weeks of nice sunny warm weather.  I’ve been off for the past few months and really tried to stay away from technology, email and blog posting….

    There is so much that has gone on while I was away…

    and more just starting

    So what did I do – here’s the short list

    • studied the movement of grains of sand while laying face down on a lounger – tough keeping your eyelids open, especially with the sun beating down on you.
    • put on a mask and snorkel to look at underwater creatures/fish – tough work, but beautiful Smile
    • Was in Walla Walla when it was named the Friendliest small town in America – and have to agree that it is very friendly – had a great time there…enjoy the sweet onions and wineries
    • caught up on sleep…sleep is so over rated until you have time for it
    • went to Whistler and did the longest continuous lift system on the globe – Whistler to Blackcomb via the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola 
    • Spent time with oceanographers and technologists at Oregon State University – wow was I impressed with the state of the art work they are doing – also went to a few West Coast Baseball League games while there
    • watched in amazement the 5.8 Virginia, USA Earthquake and Hurricane Irene
    • thought a lot about scientific data – have more thoughts to share in later blog posts….

    It’s good to be back…..

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