While the post title may sound like the opening of an important treatise on freedom, it was merely inspired by a colossal software problem that I experienced recently.
I’ve been writing my infrequent and sparse blog comments over the last couple of weeks using Windows Live Writer. It is a terrific program for interfacing with one’s blog and makes it 100 times easier, faster and more enjoyable to post.
Unfortunately, I must have downloaded some components of this program that planned to take over my entire life. It managed to disable my MS Office Professional (2000) suite of products. I managed to disable and uninstall a number of the components to bet my programs somewhat functional. Word, though, and Powerpoint are toast. I do have my Outlook back up and Excel.
Though I’ve tried to repair the file, and reinstall, Word still remains wordless. But I have many years worth of documents that I need. And the most important thing that I need is my billing template. What did I do?
I remembered that there is a suite of products called OpenOffice.org. They are compatible with Microsoft. I downloaded the suite and was able to open my billing template. I wasn’t in the mood to update my Office Suite product, and I’m still made, that the file doesn’t work. Something about Windows LIVE! kills. At least the carcass is not stinking anymore.
I do remember taking a test drive of the spreadsheet. There were enough differences that I found it frustrating. But word processing is easy. But OpenOffice.org offers a nice alternative for folks that find the licensing for the MS suite expensive and cumbersome. It is maddening, though, to have a fully licensed product and NOT being able to use it.
If you are looking for a robust office suite platform that is compatible with the other suite spawned from the loins of the devil AND that if free, you should take a look.
Having said all that, I would like to have my Word and Powerpoint functioning fully. At least I can write to my blog easily, even though the foundation of how I make my living has been crumpled by this software error.