Re: From the NY Review of Books: Escape From MS Word

Subject: Re: From the NY Review of Books: Escape From MS Word
From: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:35:07 -0500

IMNSHO, the author of that article is a fool. He's grumbling because Microsoft Word's Platonic ideal doesn't match his own Platonic ideal. I have a couple maybe 80-year old Snap-On Bluepoint box-end wrenches that I inherited from my dad... those box-end wrenches, because their grip is perfectly round, are far less painful to use... they're my Platonic ideal of how a box-end wrench should be designed. Unfortunately, the Platonic ideal expressed by modern tool manufacturers is that their grip should be mostly flat. Maybe one of these days, a tool manufacturer will start selling box-end wrenches with round grips but in the meantime, I'm going to fold a shop-towel and use it to cushion the grip of my other box-end wrenches. I'm not going to pitch a hissy fit about it. Had the author of that article learned how to use his tools, it would work just fine for him.

Best Regards,

Mike Starr, Writer
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On 10/23/2014 1:18 PM, Michael McCallister wrote:

Not specifically on-topic, but...Saw this article today:

Interesting piece, but I might argue with its primary thesis, which seems
to be that "Styles are Evil" (at least in the Word implementation).

I am moderately amazed to learn that WordPerfect for DOS still runs on his
computer, though. ;-)

Mike McCallister
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