Database Nation

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I was listening to National Public Radio this afternoon during my lunch break when I heard an interesting story come over the air.

Reason magazine, whom I had not heard of before, is publishing their June 2004 issue with customized covers on the front. Apparently, each of their 40,000 subscribers will receive a copy of the magazine with their name on it in large font, the words “They know where you are…”, and an aerial photo of the address to which the magazine is addressed.

Per the guest on the show, Nick Gillespie (the editor-in-chief for the magazine), it only cost around $5000 more to provide the customized covers, mainly thanks to a few generous donations from the various contributors of information (including the satellite photography).

Is this the ultimate mail merge?

Combatting Sasser

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An elegant way to protect against the Sasser worm:

Using IPSec Policies to Block SASSER Infection

Pocket PCs

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My fiancée just purchased a new Pocket PC thanks to a few awesome deals we came across. It’s an HP iPaq 1945 with Bluetooth, very nice. The was a $20 instant rebate, and a $100 mail-in rebate. Plus, we found that HP is offering a trade-in program for older PDAs and whatnot… she was able to get 50 bucks back from HP by trading in her older PalmPilot. Essentially she got a brand new PocketPC for under $150.

Overall, it’s not that bad. I haven’t played around with it too much, but she’s already got games and updates downloaded to it. The only things left to do are to locate a Bluetooth USB adapter for her machine so she can surf the web in the house, and write some cool .NET Compact Framework programs so that I can play with it too.

PDF995 - Replacement PDF Generator

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Jeremy Surma just sent me this link: http://www.pdf995.com.

Available on this site are three tools to create PDF documents for free or very low price (to remove advertisements). There’s also instructions on how to share the PDF generator across a network… took me about two minutes to do. Very nice.

There’s other tools available from their corporate site; I haven’t had much time to check them out, but I plan to soon.

Acquisition

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Looks like everyone at my employer is going to be busy for a while…

Associated Banc-Corp to acquire First Federal Capital Corp

I happen to think that it’s a good selection, and hopefully one that will be profitable to the employees and shareholders both.