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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

new gimmick

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Do I have your attention? Good.



I've decided to begin every post with an attention getting picture. Its not necessarily going to be some smoking chick, it can be something funny or just plain cool to see. I decided it was best to start this off by appealing to base instincts.



Anyway, I've begun using OpenOffice, an open source (ie free) alternative to Microsoft Office. Haven't done anything too deep with it. Just some basic word processing (I'm writing this blog with it), but it seems to work pretty much the same. Most of the same features.


I've use Firebird and Firefox for a while now and have been satisfied with my open source experience. I recommend it to anyone who wants to legally get free productivity suites. I'm even trying to get started on Red Hat Linux 9.


The main drawback is support. There is almost none. There are manuals to operating Linux buried in my local Barnes and Nobles underneath the millions of Microsoft books.


Open source users seem to be their own secret society. They are very glad to be part of it and seem wary of letting others be part of it. And trying to join them requires Herculean trials(if you've ever tried to install Linux on a laptop, you know what I'm talking about). And, quite honestly, the other members seem strange and scary. Many of them also react almost violently if you mention trying to bring itmainstream.



But, I encourage the spreading of open source. I'm not some socialist or anything. I'm a capitalist. In fact, I see this as my capitalism shining. I'm trying to get the most product for the least amount of money. I feel the more people get into open source, the more support we will see. There will also be a greater push to make it more user friendly (which has finally started to sweep through the whole movement).


If anyone has any other programs or tips for me, I'm open to suggestions.




In other news, I am an idiot. I scheduled my certification test for Friday, so I can't drink tomorrow. And no, I'm not going into the test with a hangover. I can't wait to get a few of these done so I can get abetter job.

I'm low on cash anyway. I'll just consider it more money to get drunk with for the weekend.



I've been getting some sick pleasure for the last two weeks from this game.


Thats all for now. Should have some good news to share Friday.

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