Office 2003

Just got myself a copy of Office 2003. Prety neat, espically Outlook. I am an ardent Outlook fan and have a copy of each and every email (well almost every) that I have sent/ received since past three years. I have tried several email clients ranging from Netscape, Mozilla, Thunderbird, Eudora, Pegasus, etc etc but finaly decided to stick to Outlook. Reasons, well it has exactly what I want. Well for instance, I have three email accounts and I like to pop all of them to a single mailbox. Now Mozilla does not permit me to do that. If I were smart enough, I would have modified the mozilla source to make this happen, but I accept it I don’t have the time nor the inclination to be smart. I like open source and I use it quite a bit, but sometimes you have to draw a line. The other day I had to open a word document and I thought ‘Well since I don’t have Office, maybe I should try OpenOffice‘ . Sadly the Java code for Open Office does not produce a good UI. OOo is good but not good enough. I want the native OS colors on the UI. I hate the basic java UI and I am using the word hate coz I do. I DO NOT like the dirty gray color that java gives me. I don’t get it, if it is possible to produce native colors why isn’t it just done? Look at the difference between Eclipse and Netbeans. Netbeans is made by Sun and trust me the UI suxs. On the other hand Eclipse is opensource and supported by IBM. I love those colors. I think that if FSF has to grow to people’s desktop, the one thing that definitely has to improve is the UI. Why can’t Linux come with anti-aliased fonts by default? Why does text have to look so bad on Linux? Why do I have to downlaod Windows fonts and install them to make it look better? Well I know I might be asking for too much for a guy who lives off free stuff, but then what the heck. Anyway Office 2003 definitely rocks though I still am not fond of Frontpage and prefer Dreamweaver anyday. There is a tonne load of shit in there besides that. There is something called a Publisher and something called an InfoNote. I dont think I will be using any of those, but lets see.

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