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A bit of excitement last night

Instead of just being a columnist, I participated in covering some breaking news last night.

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Note :   April 2016:  Frankly I don't know if this works anymore.  It is 7 years old.

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New January 2012:  If you like what I write about Evernote, check out my 136 page e-book,
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