Kenjun

October 17, 2007

Living with Microsoft Word

Filed under: Microsoft, Microsoft Bugs, Productivity — kenjun @ 2:41 pm

Very interesting piece on how to deal with the bugs and problems inherent in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a beast [1].  Word is an evolved creation, the bastard offspring of marketing, some original thoughts on how to create a word processor, and generations of Ziff-Davis (PC Magazine) induced rapid mutation to fit someone’s distorted checklist. It is to software as the Irish Elk was to mammals. It is an inherently incurable mass of contradictory impulses, which are fully evident in Word’s formatting model. It is the single most miserable piece of software that I absolutely must use.

This web page contains my personal notes on attempting to live with the beast.

This document borrows extensive from the material listed in Links. Over time it will be all my own writing, but at this point some is cut and pasted from the real experts who are acknowledged in the Links section. It began with this usenet article.

I must add that despite my personal dislike of Microsoft Word I am grateful to the experts who’ve responded to my questions on microsoft.public.word.formatting.longdocs. They fight a noble war with the Beast. Lastly, I’m interested in suggestions on alternative word processors.

http://www.faughnan.com/msword.html 

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July 27, 2007

Win2K crashing

Filed under: Microsoft, Microsoft Bugs, Parallels — kenjun @ 10:52 am

Odd behaviour – for some reason Windows2K has suddenly decided to go into an endless loop crashing under Parallels.

Worked fine beforehands.

May 30, 2007

Word sometimes doesn’t launch on Intel Macs…

Filed under: MacOSX, Microsoft, Microsoft Bugs — kenjun @ 1:29 pm

The problem: Some PowerPC applications (such as Word) sometimes fail to launch on Intel Macs.

One solution: There is a root process called translated which seems to be launched with PowerPC programs. If this process is killed, then the application can be launched with no troubles. Note that an administrator password is required. translated can be found by opening up the Activity Monitor. Select the process and click on Quit Process.

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=2006080308222881

Word sometimes doesn’t launch on Intel Macs…

Filed under: MacOSX, Microsoft, Microsoft Bugs — kenjun @ 1:29 pm

The problem: Some PowerPC applications (such as Word) sometimes fail to launch on Intel Macs.

One solution: There is a root process called translated which seems to be launched with PowerPC programs. If this process is killed, then the application can be launched with no troubles. Note that an administrator password is required. translated can be found by opening up the Activity Monitor. Select the process and click on Quit Process.

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=2006080308222881

April 11, 2007

Microsoft Word Bugs on a Mac…

Filed under: Microsoft, Microsoft Bugs — kenjun @ 11:28 am

As they say,

“Hmmm, how hard is it to simply tell Microsoft of a problem they have with their software? I don’t think I should have to pay them for something they’ve done wrong.”

http://fawny.org/bugs-new.html

Microsoft Word Bugs on a Mac…

Filed under: Microsoft, Microsoft Bugs — kenjun @ 11:28 am

As they say,

“Hmmm, how hard is it to simply tell Microsoft of a problem they have with their software? I don’t think I should have to pay them for something they’ve done wrong.”

http://fawny.org/bugs-new.html

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