ACTIVE WORDS -- I'm using some down time to play with ActiveWords and my first impressions are very positive. I can save steps looking for stuff and launching programs by typing in a key word at the top of my Windows screen. That short cut has saved me at least five minutes during my morning walkabout of the web. I'm using the program to launch Dreamweaver and CuteFTP without resorting to the icons for those programs. It's like being in a text-based Unix world. It's as quick as the command line of the AS/400--the only computer I've actually used to launch programs in a rocket-fast fashion. ActiveWords is like having a customised RUN command for every task you commonly use on a computer. ActiveWords can do more than launch programs--it can jump you directly to URLs, send email, substitute text, and search for things. I've done all those things in the first 15 minutes of use and haven't seen the tutorial yet. I'm going to use Active Words to write my next article for the Irish Examiner and see where that leads me. ActiveWords fits the category of "technology worth examining".