January 2006


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Wesley Alan Wright <[log in to unmask]>
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Technology Discussion at UVM <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 4 Jan 2006 11:37:53 -0500
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On Jan 4, 2006, at 11:02 AM, Mike Austin wrote:

> On Wed, 4 Jan 2006, Chris Moran wrote:
>> I'd be interested in knowing how many of the IT staff are using  
>> OpenOffice.
> I regularly use OpenOffice at work and home.
> But I actually use emacs or vi for most of my writing.

I have not installed OpenOffice.

I have MS Office installed on my Mac and PC

I use Word maybe once a month to open some stupid attachment sent to  
me that I can't read properly with TextEdit.

I use PowerPoint maybe once a month to debug somebody else's  
PowerPoint problems

I use Excel maybe once a month because I'm told that's how my  
management wants progress reports filed, and maybe a couple times a  
year more to cost compare ski trip package prices or something silly  
like that

I used to use Access a lot to manipulate mySQL tables, but now I use  

But I actually use BBEdit and MacMail for most of my writing --  
probably 90% of all the documents I produce begin as email messages.  
jEdit is kinda cool, too, if forced to use Windows. As bad as HTML  
can be, I find it to be far more useful than DOC. I'm always puzzled  
by the tendency of many to begin every document in Word, regardless  
of how it is ultimately distributed and read.

I'm also partial to a utility called FCKedit, which uses javascript  
and the DOM to present a Word Toolbar interface for composing HTML  
within the context of an HTML form. I've grafted that onto my  
WordPress blog. Here's an example:

Ultimately, though, office tools don't inspire me. I find iLife tools  
to be more used and more useful than iWork tools.

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