1 Oct 2003
(updated 1 Oct 2003 at 14:58 UTC) »
Look! The universe does have a sense of humour...
It is safe to say I am not the world's greatest fan of OpenOffice.org. It feels like the wrong shovel to hammer in your screws with (wish I could remember where I stole that from), but I have more difficulties in enunciating my real reasons. It's not quite the fact that I prefer my tools to do one job properly or that I dislike big programs per se. And I certainly don't dislike interoperability between separate software components; being able to easily drop spreadsheet results into a document and add a diagram or two and some dates from my calendar, or make a convenient presentation from the same is nice. But OO.o doesn't feel comfortable.
[No Michael, I still don't feel like hacking on it. The apparent motto of "It's so painful to read the code that you will bleed from the eyeballs, but at least you'll be amongst friends" is, sadly, not winning me over. :-) ]
Anywaaaaay, ... that being said, it felt somewhat ironic that I was writing an impromptu essay about keyboards and terminals (as opposed to the mouse addicts and "everything should be a GUI" counter-culture) and I found myself using OO.o as an example of reasonableness. I mean, I can't even keep my prejudices straight.
[Not really sure why I wrote the essay, but it was cathartic. Maybe I will turn it into a couple of diary entries here. Maybe I will just delete it in a week or so.]
It got worse: working on some file import/export stuff, I ended up spending a while at xml.openoffice.org, ploughing through some of their documentation. I may not wish to use the program much, but other people do, and my programs live in the same world as their data.
Couple all this with a day where I had some fruitful email exchanges with two KDE developers and I'll swear I have dropped into another reality. My world is becoming too well-balanced. It is disturbing me.
So much else going on at the moment. I should probably get a real website to write about stuff. Since the day job involves (at least today) trolling through tcpdump output trying to decode problems on a network that is thousands of kilometres away and has possibly attained self-awareness, the extra-curricular activites are quite a change. But instead, I chose to write about Open Office. Go figure.