The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

3 August 2007

Not that I download quacked versions

I am very much a creature of habit: I didn't overthrow WordPerfect 5.1 until the last days of Ami Pro for Windows, which I persisted in using even after Lotus bought it, changed its name to WordPro and added almost Microsoftian layers of bloat to it. I am still trying to get the hang of OpenOffice.org, and at first I thought that my objections to it were rooted in its name: products, I aver, should not be named for their URLs.

But maybe it's merely Baby Duck Syndrome, which apparently affects heavy-duty code warriors like Jeff Atwood the same way it does us nonwizardly types:

I'm as guilty of software imprinting as anyone. I was provided an evaluation copy of Visual SlickEdit, but I couldn't bring myself to try it out because I have already "imprinted" on the Visual Studio editor. I'm still learning ways to be more effective in my preferred editor; is it really worth my time to divide my effort and attempt to learn a new, unfamiliar editor that I may not even ultimately use? That's the software imprinting dilemma.

This is probably not the time to admit to ten years' experience with Outlook Express.

(Via Wheels within Wheels.)

Posted at 11:40 AM to PEBKAC


I've been using OpenOffice.org long enough that I have to occasionally hunt around to find certain functions when using MS Office.

I think they originally wanted to call it OpenOffice, but were forced to call it OpenOffice.org because another company owns the rights to the name OpenOffice.

While I know that OpenOffice.org is not quite as powerful as MS Office, the price is great for a cheapskate like me.

Posted by: Scooby214 at 3:59 PM on 3 August 2007

MS Office is indeed packed with features, some of which I can't imagine using. (Doesn't mean they should take it out, necessarily, but it does mean a heavier footprint on the old PC.) And even OO.o is fairly close to industrial-strength.

Then again, most of the stuff I write these days outside this h'yar blog I do in good old (actually, it's not as good as it used to be) WordPad.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:43 PM on 3 August 2007

Old dogs, new tricks. I was just reading how some web designers still design for the old days when monitors only displayed 4,000 (and change) colors.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 6:21 AM on 4 August 2007