Code revealed

After about seventeen point something years of writing this screwy HTML junk, I’m almost out of practice on proper word processors. Which is just as well, since proper word processors blow chunks:

Word processors are aggravating as hell. They never get it right. You tell them to do something and they get it wrong. You tell them to do something the same way twice in a row and you get two different results. The rituals required to get ANY results are arcane and inconsistent. Asking for consistency is asking for the blood to go back in the moon. The documentation sucks. For example: In Open Office (version 4) — TRY to find a list of what all the special characters mean. Just TRY.

You already know what I think of OpenOffice 4.

I wonder if I can get this old version (5.1, 6 November 1989) of WordPerfect to load up.



  1. Francis W. Porretto »

    5 September 2013 · 3:57 am

    WordPerfect 5.1.4? What are you, some kind of dangerous radical? Be a mensch and use WordStar 3.3!

  2. Roger Green »

    5 September 2013 · 6:17 am

    I used to LOVE WordPerfect! But the powers that be abandoned it.

  3. Bill Peschel »

    5 September 2013 · 6:47 am

    I tried for awhile to get WordPerfect to work on my XP box (the first version that was designed to use icons) but the workarounds became too oppressive. Which is a shame, because I really loved it.

    Now it’s a combination of Word 2007, which will have to be the last because I’m damned if I’m going to pay a yearly license to get my software from a cloud. For other work, there’s q10 and Scrivener for the books.

  4. CGHill »

    5 September 2013 · 7:03 am

    I actually have a copy of WordStar 3.3, but it’s on 5.25-inch floppies and I don’t feel up to installing another drive. (I could swap one out of the old W98 box; I don’t have a spare.)

  5. Mark Alger »

    5 September 2013 · 8:35 am

    I’m reminded of a concert John Lennon gave at Madison Square one time. He tried to do “I Am the Walrus” and flubbed it. He said something along the lines of, “I’ve got to stop writing such daft lyrics.”

    I love the blood in the moon metaphor. I have no recall of having written it and no idea what it means. Writing at midnight and the dangers thereof.


  6. Charles Pergiel »

    5 September 2013 · 10:40 am

    I got by with AEDIT and the courier font for 20 years. Now I wonder if I should change my blog to a font without serifs.

  7. Jess »

    5 September 2013 · 9:18 pm

    I really liked PFS write. Of course, I, also, liked my dot matrix printer and had no clue of GUI or WSIWYG

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