The Kleinman Report


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The Kleinman Report
A Quality Online Information Provider
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IN THIS MONTH'S REPORT
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1) Kleinman Report Update
2) Watching Ads on Purpose
3) Free How-To Books
4) The Life of Books
5) Be Aware of Ad Ware
6) Free Virus Protection
7) What's On My Nightstand - The House of Leaves
8) About Me - What's Going on This Side of The Wire
9) URL's In This Issue

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1) Kleinman Report Update
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Following the technology/.com sector is like riding one big
loop-t-loop roller coaster - it's difficult to know when you've
hit the top or are really at the bottom. This past week there
were some indicators that maybe we've hit the bottom of this
latest economic drop, but with companies like Kosmo.com going
kaput, WebVan crying mercy, and bell weather Cisco falling it's
hard to know if we've hit the bottom of this, or are still on our
decent. My hope is that the .com's out there who are creating
value for their customers and providing a useful service will
batten down the hatches and pull through. I still believe that
the Internet is a massive part of all our futures, and I hope to
see good sites and good companies prosper at the end of this
storm.


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2) Watching Ads on Purpose
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One of the things I love about my ReplayTV is how easy it is to
skip over all the commercials. Soon you realize that an hour show
on TV is a lot closer to forty minutes without all the
commercials. So if skipping commercials is so great, why in the
world would you want to go to a site devoted to commercials?

The truth is, some commercials are extremely entertaining, once
in a while they can be like a 30 second move. The trouble is
there are so many bad commercials it's almost never worth waiting
for the good ones. AdCritic.com is a fantastic showcase of the
best commercials on TV, it showcases the fun and creativity of
well done ads without having to suffer through the truly bad
ones. In case you missed them, be sure to check out the king of
all ads from the super bowl!

AdCritic.com - http://www.adcritic.com

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3) Free How-To Books
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One of the things I've always loved about the Internet is that
anyone, no matter what their background, education, or
experience, can learn how to create and publish web pages. It's
not always an easy thing to do, but with the right instruction
and some patience a technophobe can turn into a web publisher in
no time.

I was extremely delighted when I got an e-mail from the CEO of
Visibooks telling me about the launch of their site. I did a big
double take when reading his e-mail announcing free downloadable
How-To books on Dreamweaver, FrontPage, HTML/Javascript, and Web
Project Management. Free!?!?! Yes Free! If you're interested in
getting started with creating web pages or are interested in
brushing up your skills you should definitely check out
Visibooks.

http://www.visibooks.com


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4) The Life of Books
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Recently I've started swapping books with a good friend of mine.
I'll trade a book I've read for one she's read (actually see
what's on my nightstand, it's a book I borrowed) and visa versa.
The experience got me thinking about the life of books (especially
used ones) and how enriching it is to share the books you love.
Almost in response to my thought I got an e-mail from Eric Ward
over at URLwire.com announcing a new site BookCrossing.com.

With the tag line 'Read and Release', Book Crossing is a
fascinating way to track the life of your books. Register your
book with Book Crossing and you'll be able to jot down your
thoughts and feelings about the book. Once your book is
registered you can print out a book mark or book labels which
will identify the book as a 'registered Book Crossing book'. When
you give the book to a friend, sell it on Half.com or leave
it on a park bench, donate it to charity, or "forget" it in an
airliner seat back pocket you'll get notified when the next reader
logs their thoughts into the site, and the next person, and the
next person, and the next. A fascinating concept that lets people
share in a whole new way!

http://www.bookcrossing.com/


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5) Be Aware of Ad Ware
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There used to be a time when you could download a free piece of
software to your computer and it was actually free, no strings
attached, no hidden agendas. But now many companies distribute
applications which they call 'ad ware' - advertising supported
applications which instead of paying for, you agree to watch
ads... or in some cases unknowingly agree to have your
computer/internet usage tracked (often referred to as 'spy ware').

Being tracked is bad enough, but what makes this even worse is
that many of these applications can actually interfere with your
other more important applications! When researching this issue I
was delighted to find Ad Aware, a free application which scans
your hard drive for ad & spy ware. Ad Aware not only detects
these intrusions on your privacy, it also helps completely remove
them from your system (as many of them don't go away when you do
a standard un install through Windows).

Download Ad Aware and see if you're being spyed on:
http://www.lavasoft.de/aaw/aaware.html

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6) Free Virus Protection
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What's a program the debilitates your computer, creates problems
with running other software, costs you precious time, and money?
The answer unfortunately is many anti-virus programs! Now I'm not
pointing any fingers...ahem..Norton..ahem at any particular brand
of software, but in my experience uninstalling a certain virus
protection program has solved more than a few problems for
friends and colleagues. Now don't get me wrong, I think anti-virus
software is VERY important, I'm just a fan of Computer Associates
InoculateIT.... A FREE, yep that's right, Free antivirus program
that plays much better with other programs than some of its
competitors.

The two tips I give on how to prevent virus are: 1) Never open
any attachment from anyone unless its something you are expecting
and you KNOW what it is. 2) Download and install InoculateIT and
do regular scans of your hard drive.

InoculateIT: http://antivirus.cai.com/


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7) What's On My Nightstand - The House of Leaves
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I just love when a book gets under your skin, makes you take
another look at the world around, see things just a little bit
differently. The House of Leaves is that kind of book.
The House of Leaves tells the story of a house that is bigger on
the inside than on the outside, and the strange discoveries that
are made about hidden rooms and passages in the house. It's
strange and quirky, but at the center it's a great Blair Witch
style chiller where what you can only imagine becomes much
scarier than any boogie man or monster. It's simply not like any
other book I've ever read. I've never read so many footnotes in
all my life, and I can't remember a more intriguing book. I got
looks from my Wife Heather as I turned the book on its side,
upside down and round and round. You really have to experience
this book to really understand. Additionally The House of Leaves
is the only book I'm aware of that has its own soundtrack (POE's
Haunted). If you've listened to that CD before reading The House
of Leaves it will take on all new meaning afterwards.


The House of Leaves:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/A...5703764/dvdtalk
Poe's Haunted:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/A...004Y6J1/dvdtalk
House of Leaves UK Site - http://www.houseofleaves.co.uk/
House of Leaves Fan Site - http://houseofleaves.4t.com/


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8) About Me - What's Going on This Side of The Wire
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Despite the .com economy, things are still going pretty well on
my end. I spend a great deal of my time working on DVDTalk.com
which has lead to doing some really enjoyable interviews. The
other week I interviewed Nora Guthrie, daughter of the great
Woody Guthrie. She was amazing to talk to and after doing the
research for the interview and talking with Nora I really felt I
had a much better grasp of Woody Guthrie and his impact.

On the non-business side of things I've been very busy with one
of my favorite pastimes - Improv. If you don't know what Improv
is watch the show 'Whose Line is It Anyways', it's a lot like
that :). I've been performing with the Portland Comedy Sportz
Minor Leagues and just joined a long form Improv troupe called
'Your Other Left'. If you're ever in Portland and want to catch a
performance, drop me a line for dates and times.

Also I'm happy to report that Heather and I are expecting another
child. She's due towards the end of July and so the Kleinman
household will be even more a buzz with the sounds of kids. It's
really exciting for me to be able to continue to work here from
home and be able to spend some real time with my family. One of
the things I've always loved about the Internet is its potential
for allowing people to balance their work and their home. I feel
really lucky to be able to continue to do that.

Well enough rambling. I hope this Report finds you well, hope you
find it useful. I'll keep writing if you keep reading :)

- Geoff

Nora Guthrie Interview
http://www.dvdtalk.com/noraguthrieinterview.html
Comedy Sportz : http://www.comedysportz.com


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9) URL's In This Issue
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URLS in This Issue:
AdCritic.com: http://www.adcritic.com
Visibooks: http://www.visibooks.com
Book Crossing: http://www.bookcrossing.com/
Ad Aware: http://www.lavasoft.de/aaw/aaware.html
InoculateIT: http://antivirus.cai.com/
The House of Leaves: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/A...5703764/dvdtalk
Poe's Haunted: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/A...004Y6J1/dvdtalk
House of Leaves UK Site - http://www.houseofleaves.co.uk/
House of Leaves Fan Site - http://houseofleaves.4t.com/
Nora Guthrie Interview:
http://www.dvdtalk.com/noraguthrieinterview.html
Comedy Sportz : http://www.comedysportz.com


Best Regards,
Geoffrey Kleinman
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