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You paid how many hundred dollars for that office suite? [Feb. 14th, 2003|04:56 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Why do I get idiots sending me spreadsheets without formulas, with all the numbers added up by hand?

Why do I get idiots sending me spreadsheets with multiple numbers per cell, separated by slashes? (with the top column labeled something like (per unit/total))

Why do I get idiots sending me 1 page plain text Word documents attached to plain text emails? Just include the text in the email!

My god, people.
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[User Picture]From: colin
2003-02-14 04:57 pm (UTC)
word.

my mom tells me stories about people she works with who will print an e-mail and then retype it into a Word document. ridiculous.
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2003-02-14 05:08 pm (UTC)
I should sell a $99 program that "imports" text from e-mails into Word documents. Imagine the increased productivity! I'll be a millionaire!
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[User Picture]From: eris
2003-02-14 05:11 pm (UTC)
at this one place i worked:

i watched the woman at the desk next to me, for 4 hours, add up a collum of numbers from a spreadsheet by hand on the 10key machine on her desk. she kept loosing track so another lady came over and took a small piece of paper to hold her place on the screen and read the numbers off to the other lady to add them up on the 10key.

as my brain screams; TWO FUCKING MOUSECLICKS WOMAN!
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[User Picture]From: ferrell
2003-02-14 05:46 pm (UTC)
Nothing would make me happier than to listen to you take calls for me doing tech support at MSN. People's stupidity will never cease to amaze you.
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[User Picture]From: gregw
2003-02-14 05:46 pm (UTC)

That bit with the word documents drives me nuts

The last few places I've worked doing e-mail administration, it would floor me how many people would have entire conversations via Word documents sent by mail.
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2003-02-14 06:55 pm (UTC)

Re: That bit with the word documents drives me nuts

rofl
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From: sheehan
2003-02-14 06:18 pm (UTC)

sigh

i've had the plain-text-word-documents attached to plain-text-emails thing happen to me... asdf :/

--scott
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[User Picture]From: eli
2003-02-14 06:32 pm (UTC)

I hear ya.

I'm in this group for my biology class. I get this email the other day from one of the girls, she says she found a figure that I might find useful when I make the powerpoint presentation. Right on. I go to see the attached file, notice it's a word document and not a picture file. Hmm...that's weird. Well maybe she just pasted the picture into word cause it was convenient, and then just attached the file. So I open up the word file....and there's a fucking link to the page that has the picture :-)

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[User Picture]From: lisa
2003-02-14 07:44 pm (UTC)
this better not be a diss on my cool gif of a spreadsheet ;)
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[User Picture]From: nolegs
2003-02-14 08:39 pm (UTC)
wtf is a spreadsheet?
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[User Picture]From: mart
2003-02-15 03:04 am (UTC)

When I read this, I considered sending you an email which was in Word format. That is, just Word format. None of this multipart MIME stuff.

You should be glad that I don't actually have Word installed and thus it was more effort than I was willing to invest. ;)

I also don't know the standard MIME type for Word documents off the top of my head, so sod that idea!

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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2003-02-15 11:52 pm (UTC)
Dude, forget word. It's all about attaching MS Publisher documents from '96.

"UC takes co-op very seriously"...
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