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Conference a 'Snoozer'?

          The first report I've seen from an attendee at the Microsoft
  conference today (below) says it was "a snoozer," i.e., boring.
          Did any other members of this group attend?  How about sharing your
  impressions with the rest of us?
          And does anyone yet have an answer to my earlier query as to whether
  copies of the speeches delivered are going to be available online?
          Charles Mueller, Editor
  At 04:15 PM 11/13/97 -0500, you wrote:
  >I don't want to ruin the party here, but what's wrong with using
  >non-Microsoft applications? If you need a word processor, WriteNow,
  >WordPerfect, Nisus are all good products. Perhaps it's time to educate
  >BTW, I just came from the Appraising Microsoft conference. It was a
  >snoozer. (Sorry, Ralph.) By the second set of speakers a bunch of
  >journalists had gathered in the hallway to set plans for tonight. Maybe
  >tomorrow will be better.
  >I wrote something about it today at http://pathfinder.com/netly/
  >At 13:42 -0500 11/13/97, Louis Proyect wrote:
  >>Just had an interesting chat with the techie in charge of microcomputer
  >>support at Columbia. I was having problems printing because the Microsoft
  >>network client doesn't work properly when there is heavy traffic. He
  >>disabled it and I am using the Novell client instead.
  >>He says that the new pricing schedule that MS has instituted for
  >>educational institutions represents a major hit. He also said that he
  >>despises MS software himself and tries to avoid it at all costs. He says
  >>that Microsoft Office installations fail 30% of the time, a shockingly high
  >>incident rate.
  >>By the way, speaking of Microsoft applications, is it just me or is there
  >>something really messed up with the way that the mouse functions on
  >>high-powered pc's using WIN95 in at least two respects:
  >>1) when you insert the cursor in the middle of a sentence, it will often
  >>highlight the entire sentence when this is not intended.
  >>2) when you scroll forward using the mouse from one page to the next, you
  >>lose control over the speed of the scrolling and you shoot forward to the
  >>end of the document.
  >>If I released custom-written software to my users at Columbia that was this
  >>missed up, I would lose my job. Meanwhile, MS makes billions. Something's
  >>wrong here.
  >>Louis Proyect