||Sorry, sorry, sorry.|
I've been remiss in writing this column, and have been appropriately abused by my readers. But I had a REALLY good excuse. I've been living in a digital world, and technology has been pushing MY buttons.
||Well, where's the use in that. We might as well use Microsoft (gag) Word, with all it's nasty, nasty habits and peculiar processes. Frankly, I think that WordPerfect fell to a better marketing and sales strategy, and maybe to some failure-to-communicate pertinent information on Microsoft's behalf. Why else would there be books of undocumented facts in addition to the official MS developers kit release?
So there I was putting Microsoft and Corel back on the machine, my teeth grinding as I realised how much I disliked both products in their current form. I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't take recreational drugs, I don't eat chocolate. Bloody hell, now I'm down to two cups of coffee a day I don't think I can COPE.
What does that leave on my machine?
Laplink Technical, which is absolutely vital for anyone who runs multiple machines, especially if you need to keep your systems going in order to pay the bills.
Microsoft Word and Corel WordPerfect -- Word because just about everyone uses it now, and WordPerfect because Word SUCKS when it comes to large, well-referenced, properly-styled quality documents.
Quattro Pro because I use it for keeping my site stats (we've now hit 45,000 readers thank you all for visiting), despite the fact that I ran up a A$20 bill on help calls when I actually started crying in frustration. Punchline -- they gave me the WRONG answer.
Microsoft Access because I've developed a system called Legaleeze for generating Australian Court documents so I need to support it. It uses Access because that's what the users have.
Ulead PhotoImpact because its BLOODY GOOD, my weapon-of-choice, my must-have photo-retouching product.
Micrografx Picture Publisher because some of the special effects that it can create are not available in PhotoImpact and I think a serious person needs both. Also because I use some of their website templates for inspiration.
Corel Web.Master purely as a way of testing the site for broken links. On the plus side, Web.Master finds broken links, and even displays broken links, highlighted, in the source. On the minus side, every time I use it, it crashes when I try to look at the source of a document. Not every document, but every session. Hot Dog simply because I appreciate the online help, not just the help file, but the extensive multiple-browser information. I also use LinkBot to test the site, but I find LinkBot reports problems that I can't track down. LinkBot also tests external links.
Eudora Pro I use for my e-mail accounts, again despite the fact that it has single-handedly cut my opportunity for hits because it SCREWS UP my e-mails to the Internet Movie Database.
WS-FTP LE, because it's the FTP program that I'm most comfortable with, and it was recommended by Mira Networking, who I figure tested enough to know. Oh, and Winzip, of course. No system is complete without it. Again, watch it, I wiped about 200 MB of files because it didn't seem to go deeply enough into my directory structure and I assumed that because the directories were in the zip files, that the files were in the directories. Sob.
See, the nice thing about computers is that the more you use them, the more surprises are in store for you.
But I'm on the air again, and we're pumping out the film reviews. We have a new assistant editor and webmaster, Terry Frost. Richard H-something has provided us with some more pictures of Melbourne, including last month's wallpaper, and there's more to come.
|by Ali Kayn,
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