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  •  I use Open Source software (0+ / 0-)

    and I'm not very happy with what I use.

    My purchased copy of MS Office expired. Did you know that purchased software has an expiration date? I didn't, and I'm pissed.

    Anyway, rather than buy a new copy of Office, I downloaded Open Office. I'd give it a B-. It works, usually. I can open most documents that my colleagues have created in MS Word. The documents that I create can usually, but not always, be opened by my MS Word colleagues. The Open Office version of Excel is worthless - Excel users can NEVER open one of my documents so I gave up on that, which is why I can't remember the name of the Open Office tool.

    At work, I use a freeware product called Coda. Again, it gets a B-. What it does, it does brilliantly. Where it fails, it fails spectacularly. What it does: it's the only product that I know of - freeware or on the market - that actually proofs your javascript as you compose it. But here's the flaw - occasionally, it deletes a chunk of your file for no reason. Since it's random, normally the context checker will then flag that the file is no longer valid javascript, which means you have to hunt through to find where the discontinuity begins. But it what it deletes does not make an invalid file, you may not know until your program mysteriously misbehaves. Bash Microsoft all you like, I've never had this type of problem with one of their products.

    So, I'm not 100% sold on Open Source. I'll use them, but frankly, I'd rather pay a reasonable amount for a bug-free product.

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    by pucklady on Sun Jul 15, 2007 at 08:13:42 AM PDT

    •  Calc=Excel (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm guessing that you tried saving your spreadsheets in their M$ equivalents and they still couldn't be opened? I can understand, because OpenOffice definitely has it's flaws, but then we're comparing it to Microsoft's most important piece of software, so it's not really all that fair of a comparison either. Regardless, if you ever used Star Office back when it was Java based, then I'm sure you'll agree that OpenOffice has come a long way.

      The great thing about open-source is that, depending on the license, someone could possibly take Coda, fix all of the problems it has and then sell the perfected version. I'm sure you'll agree that this is a good thing. Regardless, I'm not sure how you can complain about Coda when there's not even an equivalent closed-source product available, since you'd have nothing if not for this open-source app.

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      by rogun on Sun Jul 15, 2007 at 09:28:18 AM PDT

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