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Copy Excel Selection as a Picture

Want to show someone a chunk of an Excel spreadsheet via email or iChat? You could take a screenshot, but if you want to show just a portion of the Excel window and you don't use a utility like Snapz Pro, you can do this right from within Excel 2008. Make a selection, hold down the Shift key, and choose Copy Picture from the Edit menu. You can select whether the selection will be rendered as though it was shown on screen or as though it was printed. Then just switch to your desired destination and paste.

 
 

In Memoriam: Phil Goldman, 1964-2003

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I'm saddened to relay this news, but Phil Goldman, who started his career at Apple and co-authored the System 6 MultiFinder with Erich Ringewald, passed away the day after Christmas. If you don't remember his name from the "About MultiFinder" about box, you've probably heard of his most famous venture, WebTV, which he co-founded. More recently he founded Mailblocks, a company which provides spam-free email using a challenge-response approach.

The usual obituaries point out his career, his wife and two kids, and his work with Brave Kids, a charity that helps families with severely ill children remain connected through the Internet, in part by giving them free WebTVs.

But I will remember him as one of a very small class of people who understood software at the deepest levels. He could talk to you passionately about simplifying user interfaces and making software accessible, all the way down to how the Mac OS did process swaps efficiently... and he could debug it in MacsBug. He was also an exceptionally nice guy; in the WebTV days, he often had extra San Francisco 49ers tickets available, and he would send out email and give them away to whomever made it to his office first. Many of us in the computer industry will miss him personally, and the future will be poorer for the lack of his intelligence, insight, and passion.

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