Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 25 September 2001
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From: Martin For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Covering your butt? Who has noticed... "Note: This column represents the opinions of the writer and as such, is not represented as fact" Appear at the top of Bruce's column? One minute (24 September 2001 Edition) you are saying 'Bring it on!' with "Come on ING -- where's your long-promised law suit?" any now it seems you are making an attempt at covering yourself, to protect yourself from this very thing!? Are you not so confident in your rights now, or just can't be bothered explaining to people they have no case against you? Aardvark Responds: Hey, you can't be too careful -- and some people just don't know the meaning of the word "commentary" :-) From: Michael Hallager For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Micro$oft My office is 100% Micro$oft free. I use Slackware Linux 8.0 as the operating system and: Sun Star Office + Netscape for all my office needs. This does all I want and as a result my office is truely 100% Micro$oft free. I wish people would stop moaning about Micro$oft and better spend their time investigating alternitives. I used to moan all the time (When I used M$), but have somewhat lost interest in moaning now because "I'm alright Jack"... :-). The system has a very nice graphical Interface (KDE 2.1.1) and is VERY stable. http://www.slackware.com http://www.sun.com From: Alan For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Microsoft Software With the changes to volume licensing now starting to upset the big corporations and Microsoft not relenting,it is only a matter of time till corporates change software providers.eg:Corel wordperfect, Staroffice etc. From: Dominic For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Should we be surprised? A PC from 3 years ago is adequate for WP, Databasing, some DTP, and Graphic work. I find Win 98 adequate for everything I use it for. I have no need to get ME. Office 97 does everything I need now and that which I foresee in the future. As a human being (he he, I can't believe I wrote that of myself) I just don't need to do more than what I do. I'm not getting XP. I've settled into Win 98. Areas of technological advancement I see as being relevant and of benefit to humanity and justified economically: storage capacity; memory capacity. Miniaturisation. The amount of work I end up doing with my Corel Draw eats up HD space. If I keep using Corel for the next 10 years, I will always be needing more storage. Marketers! Pay attention! I can see why the tech stock are falling. Has humanity reached a "natural end" with the concept of technology and what we have achieved with it? From: Gregor Ronald For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Microsoft XP Not only do I remember the days when buying software meant buying a product rather than a permit, I remember when you got manuals. Well researched, well presented, indexed and tabulated, often with a separate Beginners Guide as well. I guess the price of software must have come down, now the companies don't produce these large expensive blocks of paper? (Hollow laughter is heard...) Help screens and web sites are no substitute for a manual at times - you can't cart your desktop PC out to the garden with a cup of coffee and a highlighter pen, while trying to learn a new process. And the help screen always covers up the application, or reduces it to squint-size. There's a place for printed manuals, even in this day & age. Maybe Microsoft just decided to let Sams, Que, Sybex etc do it for them? In return for royalties from the book publishers, and another $100+ of my dosh, of course. Bah, humbug.Now Have Your Say
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