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Comment: Re:About time something is happening (Score 1) 164

See, the thing is, you're reading that I actually need .docx, which I haven't actually said anywhere. I do fine with PDF. I don't quite know who you're arguing with to be honest. What I was stating is that using a freely available open document format would be better overall, since I happen to know for a fact that unemployment offices here are running LibreOffice. I also happen to know that businesses usually are running MS Office, because of concerns they have about software support (or because that's just what their XP machines came with in 2001). Furthermore, I know that a lot of older people, who were let go in the height of the financial crisis, have little to no experience with computers and do not know how to use "Print to PDF".

But mate, cheers for the MS Office sales pitch.

Comment: Re:About time something is happening (Score 1) 164

It's not so much that the user is a moron, and as I've stated I do convert to PDF with LibreOffice, which you would know if you read the entire text. However, I've seen jobs as low as cleaning assistant require PDF. Now you obviously are of some sort of superior intellect, being able to use MS Office and all to its full extent. That does not mean that 58 year old Betty, that's been laid off from the paper factory and has 7 years to go until retirement, knows how to perform this action.

But you, kind sir, are a marvel of a modern human. Who would have imagined that there's a plugin for that.

Comment: About time something is happening (Score 5, Interesting) 164

I really hope this catches on with businesses as well. I'm writing a lot of job applications at the moment, and being financially challenged I'm doing the work from LIbre Office. If I convert my application and CV to .doc or .docx the formatting will be all wrong when a potential employer reads it. Therefor I've been converting everything to PDF before sending. I'm starting to see job ads now that actually require people to deliver in PDF, most likely for the same exact reason, but I'm not entirely sure everyone can figure out how to convert a doc/docx/odf to PDF.

There are a lot of people out there with very limited computer skills, so I think a well supported open document standard will be good for everyone in the long run.

Comment: I liked gnome 2 better (Score 1) 535

by Thraxy (#40803839) Attached to: GNOME: Staring Into the Abyss

All I really want is a straight forward classic desktop environment. I wouldn't call myself extremely techie, but I can figure out how to tweek the usability part myself, given the right tools. I felt gnome 2 gave me that, while gnome 3 just left me annoyed and confused. If I want a DE that just pisses me off every time I log on, I can just go get a copy of Windows Vista.

For now I spend most of my time on Windows 7, because it's not completely hopeless. Have been looking at Cinnamon lately though. I've always loved what the Linux Mint team has brought to the table, so it doesn't come as a surprise to me that it looks good and is easy to use. Only problem there is that my ATI card isn't completely happy with it, so I get a 2-3 sec freeze once in a while. As I'm not super techie (as mentioned above), I currently don't know how to solve that. If anyone knows a fix (like turning something on or off) please leave a comment.

Comment: Bad hardware/tech support (Score 1) 250

by Thraxy (#40770837) Attached to: I most recently switched ISPs ...

I switched ISP a bit over a year ago because of crappy provided hardware and bad tech support. I basically had a wireless-b modem which wasn't able to keep a steady signal to my laptop which usually was within 3 meters without walls or obstacles in the way. I contacted the support and they told me to use WPA instead of WPA2 to solve the issue *facepalm*. I ended up hooking a cheap wireless-n router to their crappy modem, then contacted another ISP and got a cheaper and faster plan (which hadn't been available when I got the original plan)... problem solved, and I ended up saving a penny and getting faster internet on top of it all. I guess I should thank that useless tech support agent.

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