Friday, November 03, 2006

I don't work in IT, but I know my way around a computer. I've just had my Firkin Friday lunch spoilt by my Mum asking me how to open a word file without Microsoft Office (it was my own fault. I told her to download NeoOffice - she hasn't installed an app in her life. She doesn't even know what the 'desktop' is!) I totally relate to this week's Technobile in the Guardian Technology sup.
If you're PC literate, don't tell anybody.

3 comments:

Richard said...

How about TextEdit?

Matt said...

TextEdit is good for simple documents, but NeoOffice is just as good as MS Office and it's free. I'm sure that my mum would have encountered a whole load of new problems is she'd have opened the file in TextEdit. She has enough problems with double-clicking.

Matt said...

(From Guardian Technology:)

No need for macbore to have his lunch spoilt (Letters and blogs, November 9). When his mum wants to open Word documents without MS Office, he just points her to the free download of Word Viewer, which allows her to view, copy and print Word docs without owning MS Word. She could get the Excel Viewer, the Access Viewer and the Powerpoint Viewer while she's there. Then she can claim she really knows her way round a computer.
John Dean
Oxford

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