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Re: Standards: Open or Proprietary?
On Mon, 17 Nov 1997 23:36:00 -0500 (EST), email@example.com wrote:
>..I won't be picky, since I should have said that those byte values are
>verboten in *text* (including HTML text on Web pages) transmitted over the
>Internet. Everyone makes mistakes.
>Actually, I am *overjoyed* to see so many misspellings on the Internet.
>Don't most of the people connected to the Internet have Microsoft Word?
>And doesn't Word have automatic as-you-type spelling correction? Why,
>then, aren't all these people using Word for e-mail and sending out fully
>corrected text? Could it be because Word, as anyone who knows word
>processing can see, is designed to screw up plain text of the kind we use
>on the Internet? Because it can't work seamlessly with browsers and e-mail
>programs the way Joe, Pico, Vi, etc., work seamlessly with Lynx, Elm,
>Pine, etc.? You say you started integrating Internet-related technology
>into your "operating system" WHEN, Mr. Neukom?
Dan...Word? Is that like the oxymoron 'Microsoft Works'?
As one who has used MS Word in the past, I like to pride myself, just
a little, that I know how to use the OED...and some other lexicographic
books if need be...just enough to know that Microsoft Word's grammar
and spelling sucks. Well, not really bad, but pedestrian for the cost of it.
I have seen, and sometimes use, many other electronic writing tools
to have come to the conclusion that most shareware and freeware
out there now is better...better for me at least. Although not among
them, WordPerfect, AmiPro, WordPro and Describe have better font
management than Word. Unless you're into 'copy' and 'publishing',
you may not need any of them. It's not my purpose here to list all the
Although I am not into VI or EMACS any more, they are very good
and I will go back to them if need be. I use OS/2 stuff these days
only because I believe in the total OO paradigm [god, I hate that word].
Mostly, I just use PMMail (OS/2 shareware) and carve out my own
dictionary with it. It's quite sufficient, and cheap, for eMail at least.
It is simple and, *I*, easily tell it what to do.
What I really want to make is the point that people getting
into electronic-computer-whatever these days, *can* find other
CHOICES beyond...and instead of...the party line. Oh, I know,
that's simpler said than done. I even tell a lot of folks that they
should consider a Mac. Good machine, and I hope Jobs hasn't
come back to Apple to screw it up.
On the PC side, however, one of the more heinous things that
Windoze95 did to newcomers is make it difficult and almost
impossible for them to get to a DOS prompt. [After all, it is
still DOS, right?]. "My Computer", "My Briefcase"...gimme
a break! Is this a purposeful wedge that M$ is driving to prevent
knowledgeable friends, family, and lovers from helping out?
Unless these 'newbies' to computing can get some rudimentary
idea of "EDIT", even, they'll never be able to take simple control
over their machine. This, I think, is a clear 'social' example of
how personal computing is less than state-of-the-art for first
time buyers. What a waste. Even the computer "illiterate", what
ever that means, deserve better.
Yeah, some people tell me I'm a moron because I drive a stick
I know you know that stuff, though.