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[#] Sun Dec 18 2011 08:48:56 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Dunno, Freak....  Google doesn't force you, but they don't always tell you either.

[#] Sun Dec 18 2011 12:16:51 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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yea. the only force you get by google is to create a gmail account if you want to install apps on your android.

its real hard to utilize the full power of an android phone without.

Also the force to have a g+ account is way below to create a F*k one. If somebody invites you to f*k or mentions you or posts a link to your blog, you'll get teaser mails.

Posting on g+ offers you a way to send your post to email recipients too.

realy. while google has grown powerfull over the last decade, its using open standards, working on open standards, even working on creating a free unpatented video format for the advantage of all webusers.

plus, most of the privacy concerns raised about google in the past were astroturfing campaigns founded by microsoft.

If you assume that google has a monopoly on things, its not using it to put pressure on others below the point that its hard to be better than them, since their brainshare rises by all their new  employees and aquisitions.

If you have a look at all those monopolies which have been there, they were used to kill innovation, threatn users, threaten other companies.

As we can just see at microsoft, they failed after a while.

We'll see how the google "don't be evil" - tactic ends out.


[#] Mon Dec 19 2011 09:34:15 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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All of the above is true. Google may be establishing a lot of "bigness" and they do have a lot of information all in one place -- but they are NOT using their power AGGRESSIVELY to push competitors out of the marketplace.

Microsoft is BIG AND EVIL. Google is BIG BUT BENIGN. That's the difference.

[#] Tue Dec 20 2011 00:37:46 EST from maraakate @ Uncensored

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> Microsoft was BIG AND ...
ftfy :P

[#] Wed Dec 21 2011 07:53:35 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Dunno about that, I think Microsoft is still big enough to do a lot of damage.
They still have a massive war chest from their Windows and Office monopolies, and they're using it to do everything they can to force their way into staying relevant.

[#] Wed Dec 21 2011 08:00:58 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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yea, and projects like limux (equipping the city of munichs computers with opensource & linux) still have to fight an uphill battle.

though limux now has an installation base on 9.000 computers of the city, and is going to grow to 12.000 in the next years.

but you realy need people willing to fight and fight clever to achieve like that so you can stand ms office for a longer view.

[#] Mon Dec 26 2011 05:22:00 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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When husband was setting up <groan> Windows on my computer, he decided to be cute and give me the username Poofy.

When I got a real job <groan!>, boss said I should get Microsoft Office <super-groan>.

Now, whenever I use Track Changes in Word <barf>, the changes come through as Poofy.

Apparently, the only way to change that is to create a new user for Windows <blergh!>

So tempted to RTOOS, but my boss insists on everything being in MS-Word, and OpenOffice doesn't cut it (I tried).

Requesting sympathy b/c of the crazy boss. 

And I'm thinking of buying one of these.

Can't wait 'til they're available... 

[#] Mon Dec 26 2011 07:56:51 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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If your boss insists on something for which you must pay money to acquire it, perhaps he should supply it?

[#] Mon Dec 26 2011 09:06:17 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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I don't remember but itsn't thee something in the options of Microsoft office that you can change?  The default user information.  I know Open Office has the option and I am sure Microsoft does also.

I have a version of Office 2003, I will check that, and then I will check my mother's basic office (word and excel) and see if I can find it in the options.

[#] Mon Dec 26 2011 09:11:16 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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Again, on my windows box I am using Office 2003 (and Win 2K), in the word processor goto Tools-> Options-> User Information.

If that doesn't work, the properties of each document should offer something.

and if that doesn't work look at settings-> Control Panel-> Users and Passwords and play around with those settings.


I feel so dirty for booting Windows.


[#] Mon Dec 26 2011 10:23:56 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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Ok. I was able to fix it. It was completely unclear how to do it since Office no longer acts like an application...

Unfortunately, I'd already edited half the doc as Poofy...

My boss has paid for some things I needed. I was actually able to get Office for $7 or something similarly ridiculous because my husband's work has a deal for home computers and my computer is the only working computer in the house that doesn't belong to his company. 

[#] Mon Dec 26 2011 17:22:21 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I just think it's a shame you're forced to use a Microsoft product for something as stupid as word processing.

[#] Mon Dec 26 2011 18:06:39 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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M$ Office has a slightly different track-changes system from OO.

Their auto-correct and dictionary are also a little better, though they don't have the nifty auto-type that continues the word for you once you start it...

I miss the autotype. Typing 'AppsGeyser' is annoying.

[#] Tue Dec 27 2011 10:56:36 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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So tempted to RTOOS, but my boss insists on everything being in
MS-Word, and OpenOffice doesn't cut it (I tried).

Clearly your boss needs to switch to OpenOffice (or LibreOffice, which despite the stupid name seems to be the current center of development).

[#] Fri Jan 13 2012 10:59:05 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Heh. This is funny.

Micros~1 is starting to warn server developers [] that they need to start building software that does not assume that Windows Server will have a GUI running at all times.

"Those who do not understand Unix are doomed to reinvent it, poorly."

The most hilarious part is that Windows Server 8 will require a REBOOT to turn the GUI on and off. They've been screwing this up for 25 years now and they STILL can't get it right!

[#] Fri Jan 13 2012 11:49:16 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Heh, awesome!

[#] Fri Jan 13 2012 16:21:42 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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lol. though I must admit mode switching isn't always fine in linux.

my amd 450 with the integrated evergreen chipset still won't switch back to console, and will even mess up the screen when switching back to X11.

but in a situation where you control the QA of the hardware manufacturers, why not make them do it? ....

[#] Mon Jan 16 2012 09:38:35 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Because they're still a schlock house, that's why. All Microsoft products *still* suck even after all these years and zillions of dollars later.

[#] Mon Jan 16 2012 11:51:57 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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To parahrase the Lily Tomlin character "Ernestine" we are the Microsoft company, we don't have to care.

[#] Tue Jan 31 2012 17:10:28 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Mon Dec 26 2011 05:22:00 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

Now, whenever I use Track Changes in Word <barf>, the changes come through as Poofy.

Apparently, the only way to change that is to create a new user for Windows <blergh!>

I had something similar today, I set up a new win7 machine for our secretary and the thing forces you to create a user on first install, so I created the_mgt. I deleted it after activating the administrator account (sudo activate administrator....).

Today I saw that the adobe software and also office had "the_mgt" as user/owner showing up, even when I used the secretarys account for checking if MS EasyTransfer had really transferred outlook correctly. (Which it did, to my surprise).

Only solution was to comb the registry for the string "the_mgt" and replace it with the secretary's name. And it was all over the place.

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