laid out more than a decade ago, and
Word still works with the same
template I devised back in 2003. So,
what is my incentive to pay an annual
fee to Microsoft because some dirt-toe
rearranged everything to make it
"better" and "more efficient."
As an old guy, I can tell you that
there are a finite number of brain cells.
Most brain cells cannot be
reprogrammed for long-duty service, as
happened when I was much younger.
My neurons are all filled. So stop
changing stuff that does not need
Sure, young people are enamoured
by the constant churn and changes.
Just wait until those little smarties start
to get old and figure out just what
grandpa was bitching about. Hah!
When young, you memorized
things you will never use again. I still
know how to use Micropro's WordStar
for crying' out loud. Heck, I could still
use ED.COM as delivered in CP/M 1.4!
B#T<CR> I23<CR> the quick brown fox
jumped in front of the truck
123456789 times<CR> B#T<CR>. And,
I could probably still write in "ENGLISH"
on a Microdata minicomputer using the
Pick operating system.
However, I cannot "unlearn"
ED.COM commands in order to make
room for more Microsloth's same old
Word with a facelift, just to screw with
your mind! Does anybody care about
I had a couple more paragraphs
but the Internet ate it. Since Windoze is
so bloated with updates and Kaspersky
won't let me type, I switched over to
my Linux box so I could communicate.
Sometimes Linux and Firefox do not
play nicely together. I guess that
anything else I had was probably
A great read! And I completely
agree! I'm tired of relearning how to do
tasks simply to feed the coffers of the
software manufacturers. Thanks for
taking the time to write (I'm not really in
the media — this isn't my day job).
In regards to the June 2017
editorial on “Real Electronics” ... April
this year, I switched one Dell 1737
laptop to Ubuntu Studio for my audio
and SOC work. The other Dell laptop
still has OEM Vista installed on the hard
drive, but is set to boot a USB drive
directly to an up-to-date unregistered
Win 10. Not the best solutions, but
useful in my volunteer work as sound
and system technician for the Happy
A combination open source and
free-to-use software is the only way I
have found to stop the continued cost
increases of software.
For hardware, the Rasberry Pi 3
and ESP8266 have worked well for Io T
and media services.
I have found VNC combinations to
work well. I use NoMachine for audio
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