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November 25, 2012

Good outweighs the bad to keep us techno-thankful

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NORMAN —

Thankful for free productivity programs. Most folks buy the Microsoft Office suite of productivity programs because it’s all they know, and you can’t go beyond what you know. They think you simply must have Microsoft Word if you want to type a letter, you must have Excel if you want to create spreadsheets, etc. Truth be told, most folks will never use even 10% of the features that are available in the very expensive Microsoft Office package. As such, unless a person has very special and specific needs, it’s almost impossible for me to recommend that anyone continue buying Microsoft Office when incredibly good (and free) packages like LibreOffice and OpenOffice exist.

Thankful for Google. As much as I gripe about Google and their Big Brother tactics, if it weren’t for Google, the Internet would not be nearly as useful, and I wouldn’t know half of what I know about computers.

Thankful for being able to write this column. Back in 2005, The Norman Transcript, and particularly, editor Andy Rieger, sort of went out on a limb by allowing me to write my weekly column. It seems to have become a success, and it’s loads of fun for me. Tis the season to be thankful.

Based in Norman, OK, Dave Moore has been an independent computer service technician since 1984. He also teaches computer security workshops to public and private organizations. He can be reached at (405)919-9901 or www.davemoorecomputers.com.

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