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Nifty article on the evolution, or de-evolution, of word processors. The write laments the inclusion of features and flash to the exclusion of substantive writing. I agree with him.

Unclutter your writing: WriteRoom. Very cool. I wonder if anyone knows of a freeware version of it though.
For Windows users: JDarkroom

Current Mood: bored bored

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nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: February 22nd, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait...so the argument is "you know what's getting in our way? Features that help us produce documents that are more fluid, prettier, and faster. We need to back to when a couple of typos made it so you had to retype a whole document."

Plus, I'm pretty sure things like this writeroom program are par for the course in intermediate programing courses. And what about, oh, I don't know, notepad?

This smells like one of those "I wish we could go back to the fifties so I could drink more and beat my wife" arguments.
abmann From: abmann Date: February 22nd, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're right. WriteRoom and JDarkroom disable the delete key; you can never edit any typos. Ever.

The difficulty implementing WriteRoom as a full-screen interface is suppressing all of OS X's menu bars and the dock which harder than you think; for some reason OS X doesn't really let you expand windows over certain operating system features which bugs me.

No one is stopping you from beating your wife, drinking, beating your wife while drinking, drinking while beating your wife, or beating your wife with drinks; you just want someone to write a desktop utility that does it for you.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: February 22nd, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
While it's true that I would download, install, and possibly pay absorbent liscencing fees for Windows Wifebeater, I don't see what this has to do with my point.

While I disapprove of Clippy and the way he has unprotected, unwanted anal sex with my documents, I really do appreciate nearly all the functions of Office.

But I will agree with you that Mac is the sux.
abmann From: abmann Date: February 22nd, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ma'am, you're breakin' my balls here.
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