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Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 08:24:51 -0600
Reply-To: Robin Reagan <[log in to unmask]>
From: Robin Reagan <[log in to unmask]>
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At 08:52 AM 7/24/00 -0500, you wrote:
> > by IBM (for decades), and my memory is that most of us were very clear that
> > an "IBM standard" was outside the range of definition of standards  --
>
>Everyone copied the Selectric keyboard layout, making it "standard" --
>then IBM changed it for the PC.  I remember someone sarcastically saying,
>"We're IBM; we can do anything!"
>
>Now Microsoft does it.  My company upgraded Microsoft Office and now I
>can't figure out how to do things that were easy to do not long ago.
>
>I must reluctantly admit that Microsoft crashes, although still way too
>common, have decreased noticeably in their frequency.

That's what happens when you release an OS in 1995 and spend the next three
years releasing "service packs" and bug fixes and then bundle them all in
one package call it something new (Win98) and charge people to "upgrade" to
the new OS.
Given this scenario even M$ can improve the reliability of it's
OS/applications.
M$ Office is the same situation as with the OS. I have become very adept at
recovering auto-saved files in M$ Word. This feature seems to work pretty well
(thank god!).

>--
>Wes Groleau
>http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~wgroleau

Robin Reagan
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