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Microsoft perfidious - printer-(un)friendly politics

Yes, Microsofts web site has some interesting content, such as this article. As I like to print stuff to PDF to read on my PDA, I will usually search all over for a "printer-friendly" link immediately. Alas, while MS pages have one in IE (Internet Explorer),

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no such luck in Firefox:

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nor the weirdo of browsers, Opera:

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So, to print the page, simply add "?pf=true" to the end of the URL so http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/prophoto/gps.mspx becomes http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/prophoto/gps.mspx?pf=true
Beat MS at their own game. Hope it helps.