Friday, January 05, 2007

Friday, January 5, 2007

Greetings and welcome to my first entry for 2007. As much as I like a good game or leisure application, there comes a time when every computer user needs something more serious. Microsoft Office is the big dog of productivity suites and is pretty much the standard by which all such software is gauged. MS Office is polished, easy to use, and quick but comes with a hefty price tag and runs only on the Windows OS. I don’t feel much like paying the monopolistic, monolithic, Microsoft Corporation any more of my hard-hoarded cash (especially after having my wallet lightened buying Windows XP). Happily for those of us too broke or anti-trust to buy MS Office, there exists a most excellent alternative. That product is, a spiffy suite from Sun Microsystems that provides most of the functionality of MS Office, in a free (!) and cross-platform package (Windows, Linux, or Mac). Open Office passes the crucial ease-of-use test, in which I was gave it to my parents and they were able to figure it out without my help. The Wikipedia article on Open Office is here. Give it a try and let me know if you think it’s a winner (or a waste).

This week’s picture was created using Bryce
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The loops of the week were created with Orion Pro.

The website of the week is Bad Movie Planet wherein you'll find reviews and tributes to the all the bad films ever made. The movies listed and lauded range from almost passable to truly awful.

Send your comments and feedback and I’ll read it all and respond to some of it.
Bye for now!