Charles David George " Charlie " Stross born 18 October  is a British writer of science fiction , Lovecraftian horror , and fantasy. Stross specialises in hard science fiction and space opera. Between and , he was also an active writer for the magazine Computer Shopper and was responsible for the monthly Linux column. He stopped writing for the magazine to devote more time to novels. However, he continues to publish freelance articles on the Internet.
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I want Microsoft Word to die. Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination, a petty, unimaginative, inconsistent dictator that is ill-suited to any creative writer's use. Worse: it is a near-monopolist, dominating the word processing field. Its pervasive near-monopoly status has brainwashed software developers to such an extent that few can imagine a word processing tool that exists as anything other than as a shallow imitation of the Redmond Behemoth. But what exactly is wrong with it? He also explains about how we got to this point.
Over the late s and early s Microsoft grew into a behemoth with a near-monopoly position in the world of software. One of its tactics became known and feared throughout the industry: embrace and extend. If confronted with a successful new type of software, Microsoft would purchase one of the leading companies in the sector and then throw resources at integrating their product into Microsoft's own ecosystem, if necessary dumping it at below cost in order to drive rivals out of business… It is, quite simply, unavoidable.
And worse, by its very prominence, we become blind to the possibility that our tools for document creation could be improved. It has held us back for nearly 25 years already; I hope we will find something better to take its place soon. Or WordStar?
He is quite right that business, and the publishing industry in this particular case, expect files in a format they can use, namely, Microsoft Word documents. Is it holding us back? You can see the full text of Why Microsoft Word must Die here. Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years.
When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling. To leave a comment Login with Facebook or create a free account. Scrivener is excellent for organization of the creative process, and for it's insane variety of export options.
And it's cheap. Pages on the Mac is far superior in every way to Word for Mac. And in some ways, can be a substitute for Photoshop, which is a whole different conversation. Even Google Docs is good, especially if you're creatively collaborating in a virtual environment. All of these options will export into.
But I do agree, the pervasiveness is a problem. So many people use Word because they are made to, or they don't realize there are viable and often far superior programs available to them. Scrivener is perfect for writing projects, and I like to use minimalist applications for creative writing.
Currently my favorite is OmmWriter. But the truth is that Word offers choices as well. You can hide anything you like to make the screen blank, and you can choose other formats. Complaining about that is a bit silly. Actually, I would prefer that Scrivener would use a format that is compatible with other applications so I could just jump into my work from any computer, but that involves quite a bit of work.
Outside of the computer, I do like to use my typewriter, or just a notepad. There is something to be said for the simple act of writing out a story long hand. The only problem I have is when I am in a creative high I can't scribble fast enough. I've wanted to teach myself to dictate or just plain record myself, but I can't get over the odd feeling of talking to myself out loud. I was on Scrivener for a while and liked it a lot but I had trouble 1 editing long works on Scrivener and 2 going between Word to send out final edits or do track Changes and Scrivener.
I tried Pages for a while but it kept adding extra hard-return lines to the beginning of each chapter, to the point that it'd take me ten minutes at the beginning of each session just to get the ms the way it was before. Eventually I went to Word for Mac and haven't really had any problems with it.
I don't ask much of it though, which may be why. Scrivener had a lot of nice character functions but I've found that most of that stuff I do on index cards or draft paper anyway. I really like scrivener, especially with larger stories. Way easier to keep track than word.
And for the rest Notes on my iPhone, notebooks and scraps of paper when nothing else is around or I left home without anything to write on. I guess I'm the bad guy, because not only do I like Word I wish it would go ahead and kill off the other few word processors. All of them. I know, I know big company equals evil for some reason and blahblahblah. Skip to Main Content Area. Hello, if this is your first time here, login with Facebook or create a free account to get started.
Otherwise, Click here to log in. Follow litreactor. Follow deanfetzer. You Might Also Like Jeff Noon? Arrest Us! Week Three Progress Report. More By This Author. Joanna October 16, - pm. I like Scrivener for creative writing. Login or register to post comments. So I'm the only weirdo with a mechanical pencil and yellow legal pad? Seriously, I compose on the puter after I kill trees. And use Libre Office. NikKorpon from Baltimore is reading Book and books and books and October 17, - am.
Gee, I thought I liked Word. Now I'm insecure. Thanks a lot, pal. Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio suburbs is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated October 18, - pm.
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I want Microsoft Word to die. Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination, a petty, unimaginative, inconsistent dictator that is ill-suited to any creative writer's use. Worse: it is a near-monopolist, dominating the word processing field. Its pervasive near-monopoly status has brainwashed software developers to such an extent that few can imagine a word processing tool that exists as anything other than as a shallow imitation of the Redmond Behemoth. But what exactly is wrong with it?
PART 1: Slow Takeoff
Back to: Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace? I've got a new book coming out next October 27th. And it's one I haven't said very much about, because it wasn't actually supposed to happen. So here's a discursive history of events leading up to "Dead Lies Dreaming", and then an explanation of my train-wreck of a schedule and how I got mugged by an entirely unplanned book. Let's rewind to the heady days of
Charles Stross Wants Microsoft Word to Die
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THE FULLER MEMORANDUM/THE APOCALYPSE CODEX/THE RHESUS CHART By Charles Stross