Back in the day, the best word processor on the market was Microsoft Word 5 for the Mac. It was sleek, it was fast, it was loaded with useful features, and it was infinitely customizable. Brilliant. Until OS X came out, relegating Word 5 to the Classic ghetto, it was my weapon of choice for word processing.
With Word 5 being such a great app, there was a lot of excitement when Word 6 came out–finally, feature parity with the Windows version! Scripting! PowerPC accelerated!
And of course, Word 6, released nine (9) months later for the Mac than for Windows, was buggier than a New York apartment with jelly-covered walls and gleefully violated every Mac human interface guide possible. It was the purest port of a Windows GUI to the Mac ever committed. Apart from nearly complete feature parity with the Windows version, it also sported bug parity. (I had a colleague at the time who, for reasons that escape me, went over the Windows and Mac versions of Word with a fine tooth comb and found, if I recall correctly, two minor discrepancies in the GUIs. The rest was identical.)
To further sweeten the pot, the retail box had a cheerful red sticker proclaiming “Accelerated for PowerPC.” Except when you opened the box there was a little note inside saying that no, actually, Word 6 was not “Accelerated for PowerPC,” but there would be an update Real Soon Now. Any day. Really.
Needless to say, customers were not thrilled.
Rick Schaut has posted an article about the decisions that went into unleashing Word 6 on unsuspecting Mac users. Very interesting reading.
Posted Thursday, 26 February, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.