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Office 2007

At a time when negative reviews about Office 2007 appear to be common, I only have this observation: Excel 2007 made data filtering a lot easier for me, but Word 2007 chapter and section numbering was (and is) a serious pain to figure out. I don't use Outlook 2007 (I use gmail for my mail at home, and Lotus Notes for work) so I have no opinion about it. I really haven't had a chance to experiment with Access or Project, and so far Powerpoint hasn't been all that special for me.

I will probably upgrade to Office 2007 here at home when my trial runs out, but I'm not sure about continuing to use Visio, let alone upgrade. I'll only upgrade Project if I need to for work (which is highly unlikely right now).

There, I said it. Let's get back to work.

Josh Poulson

Posted in category “Technology” Tuesday, Feb 27 2007 05:05 PM  |  Permalink  |  No comments  |  No trackbacks

Web 2.0

An anthropologist teaches us about Web 2.0:

Josh Poulson

Posted in category “Technology” Monday, Feb 19 2007 09:22 AM  |  Permalink  |  No comments  |  No trackbacks

Baird Fails to Vote

Yes, my representative, Brian Baird, failed to vote on the infamous House Congressional Resolution 63, a non-binding resolution against the troop surge in Iraq. (They don't want to lose the war or seem to not support the troops, they just seem to want to make the war harder to win.)

Now Congressman Baird did speak in favor of the resolution so I'm sure he would have voted with the “slow bleed” crowd, but I guess we don't have him on record as voting with them, this time. Up to now, he's always voted against the war. I wonder where he was.

Josh Poulson

Posted in category “Politics” Friday, Feb 16 2007 01:36 PM  |  Permalink  |  No comments  |  No trackbacks

Happy Festival of Lupercalia

Rather than focus on today being a celebration of a (three?) martyrs, one can focus on the original festival of Lupercalia, honoring Juno, Queen of the Roman gods. Per Wikipedia Plutarch wrote this of Lupercalia:

Lupercalia, of which many write that it was anciently celebrated by shepherds, and has also some connection with the Arcadian Lycaea. At this time many of the noble youths and of the magistrates run up and down through the city naked, for sport and laughter striking those they meet with shaggy thongs. And many women of rank also purposely get in their way, and like children at school present their hands to be struck, believing that the pregnant will thus be helped in delivery, and the barren to pregnancy.

Is this better than sending flowers and cards to celebrate the martyrdom of a cleric that conducted illegal marriages? Well, usually it's pretty cold in the US this early in the year, so I think running around naked is out. Cards and flowers it is!

Josh Poulson

Posted in category “General” Wednesday, Feb 14 2007 02:45 PM  |  Permalink  |  No comments  |  No trackbacks

Old Microsoft Infomercials

Back when Microsoft rolled out Windows 386 I was an employee, as evidenced by my proud(?) ownership of a Microsoft Windows “cube”:


However, if I had known at the time that this was how it was being promoted, I might have reconsidered being a Microsoft AESR:

Part 1:

Part 2, featuring the Windows 386 fight song:

If you survive the singing you earn an “iron stomach” award.

The tagline is “The soul of the new machines…” and if your soul is slow and crashes a lot they may be right.

Josh Poulson

Posted in category “Technology” Thursday, Feb 8 2007 08:15 AM  |  Permalink  |  No comments  |  No trackbacks


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