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Some applications really do block pop-ups

eRin pheiL

OK. I don’t get it. All I want to know is: where in the world are all of the extra hours going if AOL is giving away so many for free? My days certainly don’t seem to have enough hours in them. Please e-mail me if you know what’s going on here.

Sooooo, there’s no main theme for today – just unassociated bits and pieces of information I’m going to share. I hope you find one of these bits (or pieces) useful.

I’ll start off by telling you about a new, quite-cool little application I’ve stumbled across. It’s called “AdSubtract.” A Beta release is out, and you can check out a 30-day trial if you’re interested.

We’ve all heard about the countless number of applications out there that are supposed to block annoying pop-ups. Yeah yeah yeah. Well, AdSubtract goes beyond blocking pop-ups; it also blocks pop-unders, unwanted banner ads and those super-annoying rich media and multimedia ads.

Most people who’ve visited are familiar with these types of ads that animate across your screen and sit right on top of the content you’re trying to read.

But that’s not all. AdSubtract also can block paid or “sponsored results” from popular search engines, freeze unwanted animations and silence obnoxious sounds. Pretty cool, if you ask me.

According to its Web site, AdSubtract is designed with the novice Web surfer in mind, but is built with powerful technology for advanced Internet users. Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think:

Next, I’d like to share a piece of information that Ernie Harris of Breckenridge, one of my dear, faithful readers, shared with me a short while back.

It’s for all you folks out there who are considering taking the plunge and upgrading to Windows P. If you happen to be one of these folks, Ernie thinks it’d be wise for you to check out Microsoft’s “Windows P Upgrade Advisor.”

People with an earlier version of Windows can use this advisor to analyze their computer’s hardware and software to determine what efforts and costs might be involved in making the upgrade to P.

You get a nice, clear, detailed report that in the end helps you make a more informed decision.

The Advisor is a rather large program that you have to download off Microsoft’s Web site – so if you have a slow connection, the download might take up to an hour and half. I’ve been told, however that the Advisor is “definitely worth the effort.” If you’d like to determine this for yourself, check out:

My next piece of information is for all you folks out there who know what .pdf files are and are interested in making your own – the cheap way.

And no, this isn’t some illegal, hush-hush methodology. I promise. I’ve just run across a neat new program that not too many people seem to know about.

We know that everyone can view PDF files for free – all one has to do is download the free Acrobat Reader from Adobe.

But creating PDF files has always been a different – and pricier – story. For this reason, I’d like to introduce you to RoboPDF. Instead of purchasing a full version of Acrobat 6.0 Professional from Adobe (which would run you a cool $449), why not give RoboPDF a shot – it’s got a suggested retail price of only $98.

Right on the box it says that RoboPDF is the “easy, affordable way to create PDFs.”

And many people seem to agree. After an easy install, you’ll notice that RoboPDF adds toolbar buttons and menu items to Microsoft Office programs for easy PDF file creation from within Word, Excel and PowerPoint. There’s even a free Home Edition for you to try (even though it brands a footer on the bottom of every PDF page you make Š)

That’s enough of an intro to Robo. To learn more or to purchase this nifty program for yourself or your business, head over to:

I think that’s it for today. E-mail me some questions and I’ll tell you no lies. Until next week Š

Based in Frisco, eRin pheiL is the primary creative force behind timeforcake ( She can be reached via phone at (970) 668-0709 or e-mail at

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