Links for 2012-04-14

  • Microsoft Word is cumbersome, inefficient, and obsolete. It’s time for it to die. – Slate Magazine

    Nowadays, I get the same feeling of dread when I open an email to see a Microsoft Word document attached. Time and effort are about to be wasted cleaning up someone’s archaic habits. A Word file is the story-fax of the early 21st century: cumbersome, inefficient, and a relic of obsolete assumptions about technology. It’s time to give up on Word. It took years for me to get to this point. I came of age with Word. It’s the program I used to write my college papers, overcoming old-fashioned page counts with its magical font-switching technology: Times, tightly justified, if the writing was running too long; airily monospaced Courier if things were too short. In those days, Word was an obedient and resourceful servant. Today, it’s become an overbearing boss, one who specializes in make-work.

  • Texts From My Dog

    Emmy is jealous.

Comments

  1. #1 John
    April 14, 2012

    FYI, sadanduseless.com is not the source of those images. Their teeny little “via” link at the bottom should actually read “we took these wholesale and without change from” their source, which is
    http://textsfromdog.tumblr.com/

  2. #2 Jake-413451
    April 14, 2012

    On the first one, an interesting piece of someone using the wrong tool for a job and complaining they can’t hammer the screws in well enough with it.

    They complain about how bad it was turning it into plain text describing an absurdly long progress to get plain text.

    Open notepad, paste, select all, copy, now go paste it wherever you want.

    Or hey, maybe use a piece of software designed for web publishing rather than complaining a tool designed for printing hard copy doesn’t do a great job of web publishing. I wonder if they complain that tap water puts scale in their radiator.

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