I don't know about 10 years ago specifically, and I don't use the entire Office suite, but I really like the current versions of Outlook and Excel. Outlook's view customization is nice, the searching is instantaneous, and the formatting is so quick and works so well that Outlook has become my repository for half-baked ideas and notes. (OneNote is my repository for more permanent notes.) If I need to remember something, or if I need a place to save a screenshot along with some text, I just open a new email, paste and type a bit, then close it. I can search for it instantly later on if and when I need it.
I love Excel's "Format as Table" command for quickly formatting, sorting, and filtering chunks of data that don't take up the entire sheet.
I use these features all the time.
While I can't sit here and do a quantitative analysis about why Office is superior to the open source options, I can say that I really, really like the stuff I'm currently using. I even like the ribbon!
The level of Quality Control in WOTC is astounding.
That may be the case, but they allow plenty of broken cards to be printed; cards that end the game by sending the rules into an infinite loop, or cards that end up in nearly every deck for a given color.
I think the real reason Magic wins the card game race is simple momentum. When your choices are playing a new game that no one else is playing, or playing an established game with an enormous player base, there really isn't much of a decision to make.
This is a continuation of a chain of events that began when the N64 was released. Whether it was the cart vs CD debate, or whether it was something else, the result was that the majority of third party developers stuck with the Playstation. It's been the same story ever since: Third parties are hard to come by, and Nintendo's first party games are criticized for being too childish. The first Wii was a huge success because it filled a casual gaming need that is now being fulfilled by iPads and phones.
Nintendo's handhelds seem to do well, perhaps because the same people who talked up the "childish" nature of Nintendo's games were also self-selected out of the handheld gaming audience.
I think developers, knowing that players will at least have the hardware, will be free to make Kinect required for their specific games.
BUT most games are ported between platforms. So gone is this notion of "it will always be there". It won't.
Movie theater is $30 plus the junk food and other costs to see a movie once
Good grief which movie theater are you going to? You don't have to go to the IMAX, XD, or 3D showing of a movie, and if you do you're getting a much better experience than you're likely to get on Blu Ray. Heck you're likely to get a better experience even with a $6 matinee, which is the price you should be paying if you're interested in spending less money.
Now Netflix is another story, since the monthly fee is a pittance compared to buying the discs or attending a movie. But I vastly prefer the theater experience.
2-3 years? These days you can buy a mid-low end graphics card and keep it for 5 years. You can thank the consoles for this, since publishers are keeping their hardware requirements low enough to run on the Playstation and XBox.
That said, we get new consoles this year. So that means this may be the year to upgrade your graphics card too, if you want to be proactive about it. Or be like me and hold on to the old card until you encounter a game you really like that runs poorly.
I guess you missed the point. Do you like the outdoors? They could turn Yosemite into a theme park. Do you like food? They could outlaw salt. It really doesn't matter how broad your interests are. Someone can tread on them.
Choosing not to participate doesn't magically remove the problem.