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Re: The OpenOffice FUD Campaign has Begun

__/ [ Jamie Hart ] on Wednesday 08 March 2006 11:16 \__

> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in
> news:duhvv5$1ovp$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx:
>> __/ [ Larry Qualig ] on Monday 06 March 2006 18:15 \__
>>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>> __/ [ Larry Qualig ] on Monday 06 March 2006 15:47 \__
>>>> > Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>> >> http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/3517/106/
>>>> >>
>>>> >> In a nutshell, OO is said to be 10 years behind.
>>>> >>
>>>> >> Why do Microsoft even bother to comment about the competition? I
>>>> >> direct the question at Larry.
>>>> >
>>>> > I'd be happy to answer the question but the site appears down.
>>>> > Short answer - can't view the page.
>>>> I  tried  two Slashdot mirrors. None of the two which I am  familiar
>>>>  with managed  to snatch a copy off the server before it had been
>>>> knocked out of commission.  I  am not convinced that the article in
>>>> its entirety  is  re- quired for an answer, so allow me to say this:
>>> Stuff like this happens. A few weeks ago I printed up a couple of
>>> Linux and grub references (cheat-sheets) and stuck them in a 3-ring
>>> binder. Someone asked (perhaps you) if that was a bit old fashioned
>>> and why I didn't bookmark the web-site. It probably is old fashioned
>>> but there's nothing more frustrating than having a web-site or page
>>> suddenly disappear without warning.
>> The site is not gone. It is temporarily unavailable due to heavy load.
>> As regards your work habits, which involve the use of paper (it was me
>> who called it an old-fashioned methodology by the way), I have no
>> problem with that. I merely try to make constructive suggestions, but
>> I know too well that the old generation is tougher to bend. My dad has
>> had the Palm in the cradle for over a year and he is still reluctant
>> to master it. He want to, but he won't do it.
> It is not always a case of older generations not being comfortable with
> technology.
> I tend to save stuff in paper archives because it is easier to refer to.
> I started doing that when I only had a single computer, and having a
> webpage or text file open with instructions and whatever I was working on
> as well was awkward.  I'd have to keep swapping windows (or sessions),
> first reading what needed doing, then switch over and make the change.
> Often switching back and forth several times checking before committing
> the change.
> Even now with four PCs in the house, I find it easier to have the
> instructions there in front of me, maybe I can move my eyes faster than
> the computer can switch windows :)
> <snip>

Consider a dual-head display or use virtual desktops with keybindings.
<Ctrl>+1 for desktop 1, <Ctrl>+2> for desktop 2 and so forth. The change is
immediate as the complete frame buffer should be stored in RAM. It takes a
few hours to get the new habit going, but you will soon see what I mean.
Multiple computers are /never/ the solution. The environment is

>> When you find yourself surrounded by heaps of papers and folder, you
>> will realise why paper can never be properly organised. It has a limit
>> impose on /depth/.
> When you find yourself looking at a pc that won't boot, with help on
> fixing it on the hard drive, you'll realise that paper does have some
> advantages. :)

Paper is /more/ volatile. I keep saying that to my dad. Electronic data is
duplicable. Versioning is easier too. I keep my hard-drive mirrored in 3
sites and only 2 hours ago I went to the shop and bought a 300GB external
hard-drive. Connected it to SuSE for the first time and ka-boom! New icon
which corresponds to 300GB on my desktop. What the heck will I accommodate
it with...? *smile*

>> In my Department, I was among the first people to
>> make an open statement against use of paper, so I still live a
>> paperless life. To compensate for inevitable and
>> frustratingly-important paperwork, I use the scanner to digitise.
>> Digitisation in general is an aspect that intrigues me and I recently
>> scanned all my photo albums. In fact, your recent question as regards
>> pets had me aware of the fact that I had never posted a picture of my
>> dog anywhere. I did so on that same afternoon, by pulling old
>> digitised albums
>> (http://schestowitz.com/Weblog/archives/2006/03/04/jenny-the-dog/ ).
> I have some photos online, mainly so members of my family can access
> them, but I still like real photos in frames around the house.  Maybe I
> could replace those frames with LCD panels and display digital pictures,
> but the cost and hassle puts me off.

...Seen that done a few days ago:


Best wishes,


PS - The slogan of SuSE is "simply change". Just thought it was worth

Roy S. Schestowitz, Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Biophysics
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