8 thoughts on “Why I hate Microsoft Word”

  1. Hey, Ian. I don’t know about the rest of it, but you can turn off the ran­dom porn insert option under Preferences > General.

    My exper­i­ence print­ing out my dis­ser­ta­tion was night­mar­ish too: I had to do it at school because our print­er back then wasn’t a laser (this was 1996). This meant send­ing it from the com­puter room in our build­ing to com­puter print­ing ser­vices blocks away, and for some reas­on the trans­fer wasn’t tak­ing. And you had to call them and make sure the pack­age was received and tell them how many pages it would be. And I had to keep resend­ing it because it wasn’t work­ing. Insane. But mak­ing it far, far worse was the fact that Rebecca was, let’s see, prob­ably about a week old, and she was hungry roughly every 17 minutes, so she had to be with me, but I couldn’t deal with her while deal­ing with my dis­ser­ta­tion, so my hus­band was there, and he was being impa­tient about wait­ing around with her while I got the thing prin­ted, which I still haven’t for­giv­en him for. Horrible.

  2. Thanks, Debra. It’s the obvi­ous things one over­looks…

    Sounds like you had a bit of a night­mare! Still, if it didn’t have night­mar­ish prop­er­ties, it wouldn’t be a PhD. I remem­ber giv­ing a tutori­al a couple of days before my sub­mis­sion — i.e. telling the stu­dents to do group work while I worked on the thes­is in the corner of the room — and man­aged to walk through the power cable, fling­ing my laptop into the centre of the room. Miraculously, only the power sock­et had been dam­aged. I had a dodgy bat­tery, though, and only about fif­teen minutes to reach my office and back it up to the network…I’ll leave you in sus­pense as to wheth­er I actu­ally man­aged to do that…

  3. **Hey, Ian. I don’t know about the rest of it, but you can turn off the ran­dom porn insert option under Preferences > General.**

    Oh, God. That made me laugh so hard I think I rup­tured some­thing.

  4. Eric, there doesn’t appear to be a Universal Binary build of OpenOffice yet, so it’ll be slow like Word (though maybe not AS slow). Not sure what you mean by Google- do you mean Docs and Spreadsheets? As a browser app, it’s a bit on the slow side.

  5. I’m using OpenOffice and though it has it’s quirks, it does seem to do a bit bet­ter than the MS stuff.

    Just found your blog and I’ll return often. I’m a humor colum­nist here across the pond. Nice to meet’cha.

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