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PDF on Windows

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PDF viewer is one of the most necessary piece of software for people spending time online. On my Mac I love Skim. But on Windows, it seems to me that a perfect software to view PDF files is still missing.

First of all, the official app Adobe Reader is bloated. What’s with the Content Preparation annoyance. And why is it so damn big?

Sumatra is a nice tiny reader but doesn’t progressively load the content. It also doesn’t remember View options.

Foxit Reader is also fast but it has that annoying messed-up Toolbars bug when the window is minimized. How come they haven’t fixed it?

Lastly, PDF XChange doesn’t scroll with spacebar. What an oversight.

Is there no good PDF viewer on Windows?


Written by Rop

October 29, 2008 at 1:37 am

Posted in tech

4th title of 2008

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One victory at a time. Don’t look too far into the future. Don’t linger on the past. Congrats Roger for 3rd straight title in your hometown!

(picture from Mens Tennis Forums.)

Written by Rop

October 27, 2008 at 4:00 am

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Ashley Todd

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Politics can make people do stupid things.

A woman who claimed she was attacked by an Obama supporter for having a McCain bumper sticker on her car admitted she lied about her ordeal.

The lie involved carving a B (backward) on her own face and applying mascara for a black eye. She will now be forever known as a racist woman who craved attention.

Written by Rop

October 25, 2008 at 12:56 am

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Bangkok Post columnist Jessada Tandhasetti wrote a good article on the state of Bangkok. We both feel that Bangkok is a dirty city with horrific traffic systems and regulations. Low quality of life.

I’ll wait and see if Apirak can make Bangkok better like he promised. He already had four years to do it and he failed. It saddened me that, in the last election, people refused to give a new candidate a chance.

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October 24, 2008 at 4:59 am

Posted in health

Nighttime musing

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Life is about finding ways to be happy.

Everyone has a different way.
My way:
Think hard.
Keep learning.
Illusions, learn to let them go.
Not easy,
but easier than I think.
Be serious about making things better,
and then relax.

Life is a dream.
Born. Live. Die.
Time passes by like the wind.
Life. The strangest dream.
Make it a good dream.

Written by Rop

October 23, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Posted in learn

Back home

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Back to Thailand. The trip went quite smoothly. I enjoyed my stay in Geneva. Met an old friend. Learned some fusion physics (not much). Saw some nice architecture. Friendly Swiss people, who don’t try to be too friendly. Just the way I like.

Overall, a nice city. Loved the bike lanes and courteous drivers. Pickpocket incidence still bothers me. Food is amazingly expensive there as well. With all its problems, a very nice thing about Thailand is that you can get great food for very cheap price.

Written by Rop

October 21, 2008 at 6:28 am

Posted in food, learn, travel

smart car

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nice car. in Geneva.

Posted by ShoZu

Written by Rop

October 16, 2008 at 9:23 am

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