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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.

[User Picture]From: colin
2003-02-14 04:57 pm (UTC)

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.

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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

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


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

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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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