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July 18, 2011  4:43pm


3 Steps to record audio on a PC

File Format: ODG  (Open Document Graphics)

File Origin: LibreOffice

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Microsoft Windows 8 – Vista Lite
November 14, 2012 – 9:44am

Windows 8 is definitely a GUI for mobile devices.  However, since I cannot touch a desktop screen and drag icons around with my hand, the productivity that was gained in Windows 7 (as the fix for Vista) has now vanished on my laptop.  I desperately want to reinstall Windows 7, knowing full well that Microsoft Inc. will “persuade” me to stay with Windows 8.

In addition, the Start tiles are vaugely familiar – somewhat like the MAC Launcher (1) from OS 7 (circa 1994). (Dubious that Apple will sue a principal shareholder)

The Launcher – Control Panel (2)

MAC OS 7 Launcher

Windows Metro

Notwithstanding that Microsoft is being sued by SurfCast (3), there are several enduser design issues that are apparent in this hybrid GUI (aka Windows 8)”

  1. hand gestures do not translate to non-touch computer screens
  2. START tiles create tunnel vision… akin to linear path based learning
  3. No option to return to a previously productive GUI

Typically history repeats itself if you live long enough to see it.  Thus, just as the MAC Launcher was a management function providing a tunnel vision (ATM like) experience to display a “dumbed down” interface, the Microsoft Windows 8 Start will be singluar task focus screen, rather than a multi-tasking desktop.  On the positive side, the tiles can be dynamic and constantly changing, just like a scene out of Harry Potter.






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LibreOffice 3.6.x
October 12, 2012 – 10:41am


To convert an MS PowerPoint file from MAC Office 2011 (source file created on PC MSOffice) to ODP (Open Document Presentation format).

Trials and Errors

(Calibration check – PC Office 2010 opened the MAC Office 2011 file correctly and vice-a-versa)

  1. Test – ODF addon for MS Office 2010 (PC)Result – Messed up text and graphics

  2. Test – OpenOffice 3.4.1 (MAC)Result – Lines changed from straight to angles, and text boxes overlapped

  3. Test – LibreOffice (MAC)Result – Same document


LibreOffice (MAC) correctly produced an ODP file from a PPTX formatted file.



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