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paper [Feb. 24th, 2001|10:52 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I've been working on my geography paper for the past hour or so. It's been so long since I've used Microsoft Word... I hate it so much. Some parts are very nice, but there are enough stupid little things about it that it's just aggravating to use. Every release of Word since version 2.0 has gone downhill, in my opinion. Word now tries to do so much for you that you spend more time telling it to fuck off than you do working on your content. Turning off the AutoFormat while typing stuff helps a lot, but it's still annoying. I took me over 10 minutes to find out how to turn off the "Personalized Menus".

Worse, I hate using Microsoft-style keybindings... I'm so used to emacs/readline bindings. Search backwards: Control-R. Oh, shit.... i just right-justified the paragraph.

I tried to learn LaTeX once, but gave up after a few days of messing around. I got it to produce output and everything, but now I've forgotten it all. I should go learn again.

I'm stalling.... I should go back to my paper. (I get off task easily when I'm working on boring homework. I'm doing my laundry now, and I cleaned my room some more.... heh)

[User Picture]From: foobar
2001-02-24 10:56 pm (UTC)


...why not write it in emacs, and then just load it into Word to format and print it?
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-02-25 12:07 am (UTC)

Re: paper..

mainly because I already have all my prior work in word format and IE-saved webpages already (annotated bibliography, my notes, and a shitload of sources) so it's just easier to have it all in one place, so I can copy/paste easier.

I suppose I could install emacs for windows, but blah.... I'll live.
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[User Picture]From: muerte
2001-02-25 12:02 am (UTC)

Re: :D

There aren't any good word processors for Linux? Why use Word at all? I'm with you though, two most annoying features in Word are auto-format/correct and those damn menus. Whose bright idea was it to NOT show all the menu choices? Jeez...
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[User Picture]From: drusillamac
2001-02-25 02:11 am (UTC)
Hi, erm sorry I added you to my friends list but I thought your journal is really cool and nice to read so I added you to my friends lists. Mainly because I have such a crap memory and I have enough trouble as it remembering my own journal name and password let alone other people's.
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[User Picture]From: vorpal
2001-02-25 06:24 am (UTC)
LaTeX kicks ass... I forced myself to learn it by taking my laptop to my databases course and typing all my notes in it. At first it was difficult and I was usually about a blackboard behind the teacher, but it became easy after awhile.

Hey... do you want to give me access to lj_dev? And is it appropriate to ask client dev questions there?

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[User Picture]From: mart
2001-02-25 07:27 am (UTC)

As graphical wordprocessors go, I quite like WordPerfect. Unlike Word, it's mostly stayed the same since the first version I used (5.1 for DOS - heh) aside from getting a GUI.

What's more, there's a linux version which uses the same file format as the Windows version. How's that for flexibility? :)

WordPerfect can even load Word documents. Alex found that particularly useful when he made the switch right in the middle of his computing coursework.

I still have a box with WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS on it. I should probably load it up and see if I'm actually telling the truth about it being basically the same... I know most of the key bindings are the same, though, as I was flying around the Windows version bypassing most of the GUI within ten minutes of having it installed.

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From: evan
2001-02-25 12:22 pm (UTC)
Check out "TeXmacs". It's a WYSIWYG editor for TeX, with emacs keybindings.

And it renders *everything*, including the menus, in TeX, so it looks really pretty. :)

(apt-get install texmacs :P)
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