The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 May 2006

FBI alert

Which, of course, means Freaking Big Install.

I decided to update OpenOffice.org (that's apparently the correct name of it now) to 2.0.2, and it's just about twice the size of 1.0.1, which presents a delightful symmetry to the eye even as it wolfs down disk space.

I should note here that I am primarily a Lotus user: 1-2-3, WordPro, stuff like that there. But development on these products seems to be at a standstill, and worse, people persist in sending me Microsoft Office files, which Lotus SmartSuite used to be able to import before New and Allegedly Improved versions were foisted off on the computing public by the ant armies of Redmond. (Heck, even lowly WordPad, which is still my text editor of choice, used to be able to do MS Word 6.0 files.)

Now if I can just stall that Firefox 1.5 thing, I'll be sitting, if not pretty, at least marginally comfortably.

Posted at 7:48 PM to PEBKAC


My dear one is incredulous and a little irritated when I tell her that it's not a good idea to send .doc files, just assuming they own the overpriced monopoly word processor.

Posted by: Dan at 11:20 PM on 22 May 2006

I use Word Viewer 2003 for all my "Dude, why are you sending me @#$!ing formatting!?" needs.

It can be had from Any Army Central, but I think Download.com probably has it too. And there are Excel and PowerPoint viewers as well.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:48 AM on 23 May 2006

Er, "Ant Army Central."

Posted by: McGehee at 10:49 AM on 23 May 2006