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Microsoft Word vs. LibreOffice Writer

You know what the biggest problem is with reviews? They’re written (or recorded) by people who have a certain bias either towards or against the product. Now there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that perse, but when it becomes obvious that this bias is also affecting the review then I think you got a bit of a problem because it will make the whole thing look out of place.

So before I continue I’d like to state that I am definitely biased towards Microsoft Office and that this blog post was even fully written within Word 2016 (I usually rely on Open Live Writer), so do with this as you want.

Fortunately for us the Document Foundation (= group behind the LibreOffice project) didn’t go here and instead set up an extensive feature comparison. However, the problem with that is that it becomes awkward if you see that some people apparently consider it an important feature that a product still supports obsolete standards. For example: when was the last time than you opened a PCX graphics file?

Therefor I figured I’d install LibreOffice and do a small comparison myself. And honestly? LibreOffice is an amazing and most definitely an impressive project. However… the saying that “you get what you pay for” still holds true today.

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April 28, 2019 Posted by | Editorial, Microsoft Office, TechBlabber | , , , , | Comments Off on Microsoft Word vs. LibreOffice Writer

Why I bought MS Office despite Libre & Open–Office being available?

office-365-icon-0When my PC crashed last year I had many administrative tasks on my todo list which were quite important to me. Fortunately I always kept the risk of my PC crashing in mind and maintained a KDE desktop on my FreeBSD server which included Libre Office and that seriously saved my hide. Well, apart from the ability to print, for some reason CUPS didn’t properly support my Samsung multi-function network printer even though it claimed to do so (the driver was even named after it).

Fast forward to the here and now; I got a new PC running Windows 10 and have less administrative tasks to perform. So surely Libre Office would be the perfect candidate, also considering that I’m quite familiar with it, right? Well… no. I ended up getting myself an Office 2016 pro license which only cost me around E 50,-. None of that 365 subscription nonsense: just a license and the desktop applications. And that made some of my friends wonder; why would you want to pay for an Office version when there’s free stuff available? And how did you get Office so cheap, doesn’t that normally cost hundreds of dollars?

Sounds like a good topic for my blog 😉

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March 4, 2019 Posted by | Microsoft Office, TechBlabber | , , , , , | Comments Off on Why I bought MS Office despite Libre & Open–Office being available?

5 cases where Open Source Software went wrong

Open Source Software (“OSS”) has drastically changed the way we work within the world of IT, or ICT as is the ‘modern’ phrase. And don’t get my article in the wrong way: OSS is a very important phenomenon and one which opens up possibilities which would otherwise have been fully out of reach. Take this blog: WordPress is basically an open source product, I’m convinced that the website itself is hosted using Apache; an open source webserver, the product is written in PHP which is an open source scripting language and I wrote most of this post offline using Open Live Writer. An, you guessed it, open source Windows application (based on Microsoft’s now abandoned Live Writer).

But unfortunately, as with all good things, there are plenty of people who claim that Open Source is totally flawless and something we desperately need all the time. Yet that is not always the case. So here are 5 cases where OSS went wrong…

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November 30, 2016 Posted by | Editorial, TechBlabber | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 5 cases where Open Source Software went wrong

PowerShell; fun on the commandline

Many people with some roots into IT will know that it all started on a commandline. This holds true for nearly all major operating systems, and the ones which were quite early with hiding the commandline (OS/2 for example) still had their ‘ties’ into it.

Microsoft originally started with MS-DOS which was actually a rough ‘copy’ or ‘fork’ of CP/M (Computer Program / Monitor). Not a surprising development though; early high-end computers running on CP/M would sometimes also provide access to a ‘DOS mode’ thus allowing the unit to use both CP/M and DOS (I.C.L. used to produce such units).

But here things eventually stalled. When MS DOS 6 came out Microsoft started to focus more on the GUI aspect and left the commandline interface (“cli”) a little for what it was. At first users of 98 / XP had a full DOS 6 at their disposal but even that soon declined to a simple rather limited commandline shell.

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July 16, 2012 Posted by | Editorial, Tips and tricks, Windows | , , , , | Comments Off on PowerShell; fun on the commandline

Another way to shutdown Windows…

Windows Well, this theme doesn’t use a ‘featured icon’ and I can’t come up with something nicer at the moment so this will have to do. At least its familiar. I’ll try to come up with a nicer specific Windows logo for future posts though.

Did you know…  That you can shutdown your Windows environment from the command prompt ?  If you’re now wondering “Why would I want to do that?” then this could be an interesting read… Continue reading

June 18, 2012 Posted by | Tips and tricks, Windows | , , , | Comments Off on Another way to shutdown Windows…