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Just for fun: "Why Microsoft Word must Die"

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:00 pm
by sfosparky
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My enjoyment of Scrivener is enhanced by the way that Scrivener constantly reminds me that it's not Microsoft Word. And I suspect that many of you who have used both Scrivener and Word understand very well what I mean.

For those who do, here's a fun read from author Charles Stross's blog titled Why Microsoft Word must Die.

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-st ... t-die.html

Note, too, that Scrivener is mentioned near the end of the article…

Cheers & happy reading,
Riley
SFO

Re: Just for fun: "Why Microsoft Word must Die"

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:57 pm
by MimeticMouton
Mod note: moved from Wish List to a more appropriate forum

Re: Just for fun: "Why Microsoft Word must Die"

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:45 am
by Fluff
MimeticMouton wrote:Mod note: moved from Wish List to a more appropriate forum
Miss Jennifer, there is nothing appropriate about the, ANFTL forum.

Fluff

Re: Just for fun: "Why Microsoft Word must Die"

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:32 am
by druid
Sad piece of history: Word 3.5 for the Mac
Was an excellent word processor.
Then they added more and more superfluous dongles
Until it was a bloated, memory-hogging mess.

Seems to be an imperative in the software industry:
Since our market for compulsive upgraders is small
Keep them busy buying ever more frequent upgrades.

Re: Just for fun: "Why Microsoft Word must Die"

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:39 pm
by sfosparky
Since our market for compulsive upgraders is small
Keep them busy buying ever more frequent upgrades.

Programmers are more expensive to acquire and maintain than polo ponies. So their owner needs to come up with an ongoing revenue stream of size "N" from each user, where N is the amount of money each user must contribute to the care and feeding of the vendor's programmers.

The problem is, those darn users seldom want enough new features. So every fiscal year the vendor has a big and important meeting. The meeting attendees are required to create a list of new features not on the basis of user needs, but solely to pad out that year's New! Features! list until it's no longer an outright embarrassment to the value of N.

The result of the software industry's prevailing business model is a long list of commercial software products cluttered with features that are worse than useless.

My key point being that here's hoping our friends at L&L / Scrivener will have better sense…

Re: Just for fun: "Why Microsoft Word must Die"

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:44 pm
by Jaysen
sfosparky wrote:The result of the software industry's prevailing business model is a long list of commercial software products cluttered with features that are worse than useless.

My key point being that here's hoping our friends at L&L / Scrivener will have better sense…

I think you will find the prevalent message to "new features" for L&L is a gently stated "no". KB, the captain of the L&L ship, is a firm believer in the KISEFV (Keep It Simple Enough For Vic-k) methodology. When really great ideas come up things like Scapple emerge.

Re: Just for fun: "Why Microsoft Word must Die"

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:16 pm
by druid
Jaysen wrote:KB, the captain of the L&L ship, is a firm believer in the KISEFV (Keep It Simple Enough For Vic-k) methodology.


No, really? Last I heard, he was deep in the innards of Linux
And on his way to making Scriv run on Raspberry Pi :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Re: Just for fun: "Why Microsoft Word must Die"

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:08 pm
by vic-k
druid wrote: to making Scriv run on Raspberry Pi

Rhubarb crumble... smart arse!

Re: Just for fun: "Why Microsoft Word must Die"

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:29 pm
by Juddbert
vic-k wrote:
druid wrote: to making Scriv run on Raspberry Pi

Rhubarb crumble... smart arse!

Both wrong. Scrivener draws its essential nourishment from the traditional Cornish pasty, and, like that esteemed culinary masterpiece, "T'is a proper job, me 'ansome!"

Re: Just for fun: "Why Microsoft Word must Die"

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:58 am
by Sin
Juddbert wrote:
vic-k wrote:
druid wrote: to making Scriv run on Raspberry Pi

Rhubarb crumble... smart arse!

Both wrong. Scrivener draws its essential nourishment from the traditional Cornish pasty, and, like that esteemed culinary masterpiece, "T'is a proper job, me 'ansome!"


I don't get why you'd put corn in yall's pastry. Anyway, down 'round these parts we got these exotic little critters called possum.

Re: Just for fun: "Why Microsoft Word must Die"

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:12 am
by Juddbert
Sin wrote:
Juddbert wrote:Both wrong. Scrivener draws its essential nourishment from the traditional Cornish pasty, and, like that esteemed culinary masterpiece, "T'is a proper job, me 'ansome!"


I don't get why you'd put corn in yall's pastry. Anyway, down 'round these parts we got these exotic little critters called possum.

Possum pasty? Tasty is'um?

Re: Just for fun: "Why Microsoft Word must Die"

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:56 am
by nom
Juddbert wrote:
Sin wrote:
Juddbert wrote:Both wrong. Scrivener draws its essential nourishment from the traditional Cornish pasty, and, like that esteemed culinary masterpiece, "T'is a proper job, me 'ansome!"


I don't get why you'd put corn in yall's pastry. Anyway, down 'round these parts we got these exotic little critters called possum.

Possum pasty? Tasty is'um?


Hmm, my wife just made me watch a documentary on burlesque (honest! It was quite good actually). But now I'm confused by "possum pasty". I don't think the word "pasty" is being used in quite the same way? I blame vic-k. Not so much for the pasty mayhem, just in general…

Oh NO! :shock:
I'm not going to suffer with this mental image alone: I just had a vision of vic-k in a leather welder's apron, possum fur pasties and… rhubarb crumble.

Re: Just for fun: "Why Microsoft Word must Die"

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:53 am
by Juddbert
nom wrote:Hmm, my wife just made me watch a documentary on burlesque (honest! It was quite good actually). But now I'm confused by "possum pasty". I don't think the word "pasty" is being used in quite the same way? I blame vic-k. Not so much for the pasty mayhem, just in general…

Oh NO! :shock:
I'm not going to suffer with this mental image alone: I just had a vision of vic-k in a leather welder's apron, possum fur pasties and… rhubarb crumble.

Rhubarb crumble? It's the whipped cream that scares me. Do you think the welder's apron might carry through to Vic-k's dominatrix obsession? :shock:

Re: Just for fun: "Why Microsoft Word must Die"

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:59 am
by BodminBeast
This Cornish pasty is definitely a "Proper Job".

By the way, no possums or other exotic critters were harmed in the making of this culinary delight. So there! :wink: :mrgreen:

Re: Just for fun: "Why Microsoft Word must Die"

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:37 pm
by Sin
Juddbert wrote:
Sin wrote:
Juddbert wrote:Both wrong. Scrivener draws its essential nourishment from the traditional Cornish pasty, and, like that esteemed culinary masterpiece, "T'is a proper job, me 'ansome!"


I don't get why you'd put corn in yall's pastry. Anyway, down 'round these parts we got these exotic little critters called possum.

Possum pasty? Tasty is'um?


Anything is possible with enough ketchup.