Text Editing

Facebook – Stonekettle

I just use Google Docs these days. I know, I know. It’s not good enough for real writers. I’ll have to bite the bullet eventually I guess. I might take Sandra’s advice and resurrect her copy of Textra from 1988 and/or possibly install Libreoffice since Openoffice died a tragic death.

As the Wife said when I went downstairs to inquire the name of her ancient word processing program (I had to add it to the wikipedia page on historical word processors as well after I asked the question)

No one chooses to use Microsoft software. It is just there on their computer when they buy it.

What I like about Google docs is that it’s in the cloud. No tragic events in this house will affect the contents of my Google drive. I’ve lost enough data over the years to respect an offsite backup system. My one problem with most online backup systems (Google drive, OneDrive) is the extremely limited size of the backup space. I’ve had to allow Google to set the size of images so that they don’t charge me for images backed up to the cloud, and there isn’t any equivalent to that on Microsoft’s cloud drive at all as far as I can tell.

Office 365 will give you a TB of storage on OneDrive, but you gotta buy that office suite ($100 annual subscription) and I have a problem with paying Microsoft for software. They haven’t proven they are worth the investment, but then neither does Adobe or AutoCAD or half a dozen other software companies considered to be standards that businesses pay for. When it comes right down to it they are not good values. I’ve fought this battle endlessly with business owners that I’ve worked for in the past. I know when to give up and walk away, but it doesn’t change my opinion of proprietary systems that protect their market share by making their systems hard to work with externally.

I’m not buying this subscription idea that has swept the corporate software world. I’m going the Free Software Foundation route when I can.