Science and Technology : Just Say "No": Alternatives to Microsoft Products

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  1. anAfrican

    anAfrican Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Just Say No to Microsoft
    How to Ditch Microsoft and Why It's Not as Hard as You Think
    (book)
    by Tony Bove (author's website with Alternatives to Microsoft products)

    November 2005, 264 pp.
    $24.95
    1-59327-064-X
    New!
    Click here to download Chapter 4 from No Starch Press

    There are so many reasons to Just Say No to Microsoft—the blue screen of death, Outlook email viruses, the never-ending influx of Windows patches... And yet, with Microsoft owning the lion’s share of the desktop market, how can anyone escape the Beast from Redmond and still function? It’s not as hard as you think, and author Tony Bove is only too happy to show you how to become liberated.

    Bove injects a healthy dose of humor into Just Say No to Microsoft, but his objective is sincere: to help you break your Microsoft addiction and free yourself from reliance on its ubiquitous software. After tracing Microsoft's rise from tiny startup to monopolistic juggernaut, Just Say No to Microsoft chronicles how the company's practices have discouraged innovation, stunted competition, and helped foster an environment ripe for viruses, bugs and hackers.

    From there, Just Say No to Microsoft outlines the many available replacements for Windows and other Microsoft products, including the Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook), Media Player, and Internet Explorer, and explains why your computing life will be better if you make the switch. With Bove’s thorough explanations of alternative operating systems like Linux and Mac and open source solutions, you can kiss the entire Windows operating system goodbye. And, Bove demonstrates how you’ll be able to interact successfully with your less-fortunate friends and colleagues who are still tied to Microsoft.
     
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    i just switched to firefox

    my I. E. got a virus or something and then started crashing.
     
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    anAfrican Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    oops! sorry to hear about the "virus or something". even "scarier", with as much integration of I.E. as there is into windows, i would begin to wonder what else might have been impacted?

    have you discovered the joys of "tabbed browsing", yet? right click on a link and you can open it in a new tab, rather than a new window. and, yes; that new tab can be given the focus immediately.

    select Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced. under tabbed browsing, select "Select new tabs opened from links". then the newly selected tab will be presented immediately, rather than having to select it (by clicking the tab). also take a look at the Web Features; you can set which sites can pop-up windows, install software or load images.

    there are also "extensions" that can be added for "extra" "fun-ctionality".

    if you want, you can also set all these smilies to do their thing only once. in the address bar, type in about:config - in the "filter" field, type in animations (once you get to about "anima", the lower screen will display the image.animation_mode setting. right click it and select Modify. change "normal" to "once" or "never". lots and lots of stuff on the about:config page that can be adjusted to suit you!

    have fun with it!!!
     
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    yeah, i got hit

    i tried to open a porn site and it installed a generic mailer and some other malware on me.
    i got the mailer out but i'm still sick.
    it corrupted my IE and knocked out my system restore.
    i've tried several virus scans but they show nothing.
    i may end up reformatting.

    BTW - the colors are changed with FF.
    where the premium members names showed in green and the mods showed in red, in FF they are all blue.
    i can't tell who is who.
     
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    karmashines Banned MEMBER

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    I use Wordperfect instead of Microsoft Office and I use Firefox instead of I.E.
     
  6. anAfrican

    anAfrican Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    yeah, i notice that. i've been sort of wondering how those colors are configured in the vBulletin script: i get no green either. is that blue? but then, i have my stuff set to display pages with a grey background and black text; that bright white that too many pages use hurts my eyes.

    virus scans are good (sometimes) for finding virii. have you tried malware tools? ad-aware, spybot search and destroy, spywareblaster?

    if you are gonna reformat anyway, maybe take a short look at something other than windows? just for a minute? heck, if you have a cd burner, you could try a "LiveCD" version and not mess with your hard disk at all.
     
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    gosh, i remember using wordperfect back in the dos days. i think i may even still have a copy around here someplace.

    is wordperfect a "suite"? word processor, spreadsheet, database, etc.? just for kicks, have you tried the openoffice.org (that is the name of the package, oddly enough!) suite? it's office compatible and costs a whole lot less! prolly even less than wordperfect! in fact; it's completely free!

    it is possible to do this entire computing thing with the only costs being the puter itself and the internet connection. (well, even that can be had "for free", but they make up that "freeness" with advertising ... which means all the "marketing tools" that most folks call malware.)
     
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    Don't really see what's the big aversion to Microsoft personally. The alpha geeks as they call them will turn against anything that gets to be too popular or mainstream - since they always have to feel like they are on the cutting edge.

    For instance the alpha geeks are already calling google the new "evil empire" (which it might just be)...java is already being called a dead lanuage in favor of Ruby on Rails. I use firefox too but I've noticed since Firefox has gotten so popular - alpha geeks have moved on to Opera now instead.

    Still, if I have to send a communique out and 95% of people will have Word and can open it...then I want no hassles so I'm using word. Linux is cool to play around with, and I have, but it still requires you to deal with a lot more hassle than a properly secured regular ole windows box.

    Kinda like I could rebel and go to the Barber college and get a free fade but.....sometimes you get what you pay for...;)
     
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    a database that every developer that ever develops anything for the platform can access - which database contains your personal information, listings and settings for every application on your computer. a database that every application or website can read and/or write any time that they care to. (the windows registry)

    built-in facilities that allow key-logging, transaction reporting, inter process communications and all the other things that have come to be known as "malware" - except that the "industry" calls them "marketing tools".

    sure, you're not using internet explorer, but windows is! so it is still there; still vulnerable to stuff. true, maybe not as much as if it were actually launched - but just try to get rid of it completely.
    open office can handle all that office can.
    linux sucks; it's trying too hard to be windows. a windows box can not be "secured"; do you have any idea of what all those extra network adapters are in the device manager? do you know why one can't see them until one enables "show hidden devices"? or why they are hidden? do you know who uses them, when and for what?

    sure, it's a hassle; when has learning anything new not been? this mess pisses me off all the time! in fact, i'm about to jump into chat with this crap and be all sorts of frustrated.

    but all the bits on this puter are bits that i installed because i wanted them, not because "some nice man" said that they would be very convenient.

    oddly enough; i'm beginning to see a sort of parallel between the hassles i'm having being non-windows on a windows internet and being non-white in a white country; the hassles, the efforts to change, and frustrations of getting any energies together for that change, are really quite similar .... sadly ...

    and sometimes, especially in this brave new world, you get a lot less than you pay for!! ironically enough, if one tries to buy a computer without windows on it, one winds up paying more for the puter??

    but, hey!; it's much easier to go along with the "entrenched majority", isn't it? ... even when that majority doesn't care a fig about ya except for your money and how much work you do for them! and still won't give you no respect!! ... hmmm ...
     
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    Yes, you can get Wordperfect in a suite. It think it's called Corel something.

    I have heard of openoffice... never tried it though. From what I've seen it is very impressive considering it is free.
     
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