Friday, June 08, 2007

A Hate-on for Microsoft

The computer here at Kidsfest had a huge crash awhile back...conveniently enough (!!) 10 days before the Festival.

If that wasn't enough, when we got a pretty much empty loaner from the shop, a guy here downloaded the new MS Office 3-month trial onto it...Not my first choice, but I was busy.

Then, a woman came in to do some work for us -- brilliant. I was swamped, and she was going to be of definite use. I put her on the new computer, and then when we opened up the all-new MS Word, it was a completely different interface.

Now, I'm mighty skilled with computers, but it took me 30 minutes of f**king around to find "Save As"! Folks, there's something wrong with that.

Then of course, NOTHING you create in this new version of Office can be read ANYWHERE else, even the last version of Office. You have to realize that, and save everything to a different compatibility.

Then today, I needed an Avery template, to make some labels. If I want one that's compatible with this new version, I have to go through the hoops to have Microsoft check my program, make sure it's valid, paid for, etc. Go to the Avery site, and their downloads aren't compatible, of course.

So now, I'm blogging while I download Open Office on this computer.

The next computer I buy will run Linux.

Microsoft, GET STUFFED.



raincoaster said...

I'm with you. All I wanted to do was share music legally with other Canadians and Microsoft won't let me. That's okay, I have another computer that's compatible with Canuckistani law and I'll just use that one.

Lori said...

Yeah! Canuckistan!!

a h m a d said...

I found pleasure supporting GNU and all these organizations who insist that information should be free. I am preparing for my Linux migration... It is just a matter of time. :)

On a side note, I guess you already know that you can try Linux from a Live CD without going through the pain/pleasure of installing it. (You might want to check Ubuntu if you have not already done so.)

Lori said...

Oooo, thanks Ahmad. I may have to check it out. Learn before I commit. :-)