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E-Mail by John P. Reid, [email protected] E-mail has become a part of life for many. It is often the preferred method of personal and business correspondence--easy, quick, and cheap. For example, buying and selling on the Web often involves an e-mail exchange about description details or payment methods, and nothing beats ... (Read More)

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Pictures, Slides, and Checks
by John P. Reid

by John P. Reid, [email protected] A universal picture file viewer, a program to create computer slide shows, and software for designing bank checks are discussed. Picture Viewer It is always fun to find free software that works well. IrfanView is a digital picture viewer and editor with some useful special ... (Read More)

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Mall Software, Travel
by John P. Reid

by John P. Reid, [email protected] Antiques mall software is to some extent a cottage industry. A mall owner wanting to automate sales recording and dealer payment will pay to have a custom program written. Others in the area will see it and buy it for their malls. Pretty soon the ... (Read More)

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Cataloging and Travel
by John P. Reid

by John P. Reid, [email protected] In May 1993 this column reviewed Collectorpro 2.52 for antiques collectors. It was a DOS program. In May 1994 the first Collectorpro for Windows (version 3.2) was reviewed. In the ensuing decade a new version has appeared every couple of years. The latest has ... (Read More)

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Computer Threats
by John P. Reid

by John P. Reid, [email protected] Spam on the Decline? In the February 2004 issue of M.A.D. this column discussed spam (junk e-mail) at great length. It was enough to discourage some people from using e- mail. It reported that in a 45-day test period I received 2168 e-mail messages, of ... (Read More)

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Information on the Web
by John P. Reid

by John P. Reid, [email protected] We are a family of ice skaters, not skiers or snowboarders. So we were mystified when a television sports show labeled a snowboarder "stance: goofy." Two minutes on the computer with the search engine Google told us that "goofy" means her right foot was forward ... (Read More)

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Portable Documents
by John P. Reid

by John P. Reid, [email protected] In a paperless world, illustrated catalogs of antiques, auction catalogs, collectors’ newsletters, and brochures of conservators or appraisers would be created in digital form. Forwarded by e-mail, recorded on a CD, or made downloadable on the Web, they would be readable by anyone with access ... (Read More)

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Making Blogs
by John P. Reid

by John P. Reid, [email protected] Last month we talked about "blogs" or "Web logs," miniature Web sites where bloggers post to a daily or weekly journal. Starting a blog is easy and takes little technical knowledge, and it can be free. This will be illustrated by an example. An antiquer’s ... (Read More)

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Inexpensive Software
by John P. Reid

by John P. Reid, [email protected] The new user of computers is often faced with buying expensive software to do simple jobs. Inexpensive software is often available that will do those jobs until the new user’s needs are better known. PolyEdit Almost any word processor will do for writing letters, memos, reports, and ... (Read More)

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Antique Software
by John Reid

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