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Say, for example, I'm a busy kinda guy (I am, honest!) and I need to send out a mail shot to all the clients in our database.  I'll use a mail-merge, and take the addresses straight from our backend SQL database.  Simple, you'll say, just use the wizard which comes with the particular piece of document creation software you are using!  OK, so I do.  I'm using Word, from the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and you are using Writer, from OpenOffice.org 2.2.0.  What if I tell you that I will be able to do it roughly 5 times quicker than you?  Or maybe not me, but the software will...

Believe it - our man in the lab, Chris Parkes has done it, in a controlled environment, and has blogged about it.  I'm not sure if he had Bunsen burners and a white lab coat, or those funky plastic glasses you get in the science labs, but nonetheless, the results make interesting reading....

It's important to note, Chris isn't trying to pick holes in other products, merely highlight the importance of time in completing essential tasks.  Read on...

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