Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

I also enjoy writing, woodworking, and home improvement. Also this.


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Thursday, May 20, 2004

pdf2txt and the dawn of the intranet

PDF to text converter reminded me of a consulting job I did for HP back in 1995, where I wrote code to do exactly the same task. PDF was pretty new, and HP was striving to put all of their internal documents on their intranet (though I'm not sure that word had been coined yet) in PDF and plaintext, and my wife was among those running that effort. It's funny to think what a radical idea that was in 1995, how futuristic it seemed to propose that people in any HP office would be able to access these documents on demand instead of having to request that a person send them by email or hardcopy.

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