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Michael DeBellis <[log in to unmask]>
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Michael DeBellis <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 8 Jul 1997 17:10:49 -0700
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Louise Penberthy wrote:
>Here's one thing I as a user would like to see:  Word hooked up to a server
>that would provide updates to the word list it uses for spell checking.
>Perhaps not the most thrilling example of what a NUI could do, but still, I
>like to use words well and would like to have the latest set.

OK, this is off the original topic but I couldn't resist giving a reaction:
Ech!!! Word is already too slow and clunky as it is.  I would like to see
Word as it was 4 years ago. It loaded faster, didn't start up with all sorts
of annoying options turned on that I had to figure out how to turn off (like
automatically highlighting mis-spelled words), took up a lot less space on
my hard drive, actually ran with reasonable performance on my Macintosh, and
did everything that I need from a Word processor.

As long as I'm off on tangents and speaking of the late, great Mac I saw an
old issue of Wired that had ideas on how to save Apple that I thought were
mostly pretty lame. The one idea that I didn't see (maybe I missed it, I
don't find Wired articles worth much more than skimming these days) is:
making Network Computers.  I love the idea of having someone challenge the
new evil empire but the only people who design less usable software than
Microsoft are Sun/Oracle/IBM. It seems to me that Apple is the logical
company to build a truly consumer focused cheap, lean Network Computer.  I
believe that was the original idea for the Macintosh.

Michael DeBellis
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