Supersonic Man

April 3, 2013

is Microsoft now the underdog? (WordPress is annoying)

Filed under: Hobbyism and Nerdry,Rantation and Politicizing — Supersonic Man @ 7:15 pm

I think I’ve about had it with Wordpiss.  Their comment approval process is fine for rejecting dozens of spam comments, but it’s terrible for approving a valid comment where you have to actually READ it before you’re sure it’s good.  The only way to read the whole comment to the end, as far as I could see, was to edit it!  I could not find any option for viewing the comment as it would appear if approved.  And then, when I try to follow any links to the post it’s a comment to, they’re links for editing it, not reading it.  This is stupid.

I have a sneaking feeling that Blogger is much easier to work with.  But I don’t want to move yet more of my life on to Google’s servers.  I think they’ve now officially crossed the line into being the new Microsoft — the big dominant choice that anyone who doesn’t like monopolies ought to look for alternatives to.  Since Windows 8 came out, Microsoft might actually now qualify as an underdog.  If not now, then they will soon.

IBM has been an underdog for a while now.  If they achieve the ability to answer natural-language questions before Google does, as they well might, I’ll be rooting for them, even though they were once the bad guy.  But I won’t go so far as to root for Microsoft… the memories of their ways when they were on top are a bit too fresh.

As for blogging platforms… what I really miss is Livejournal.  Why are today’s social networking sites so good for connecting people but so terrible for longer-form writing?  LJ was the one and only time that I saw thoughtful blogging combined with strong social networking in a way where both were able to work to their fullest.

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2 Comments »

  1. With this underdog thing going on, I started to slowly warm to Microsoft, and be a little more open to choosing their products… when OpenOffice.org’s suite started sucking too hard to stand, I went and bought MS Office 2013. So much for any warm feeling. First the installer failed for no justifiable reason. Then, after getting past that obstacle, the visual design turned out to be hideous, in a way that actually reduces its usability. (Using the “dark gray” theme helps restore some contrast, fortunately, so you can distinguish one part of the UI from another a bit more often, but most of the design is not customizable.) Finally, if you load an old Word 95 document, it not only refuses to edit it, but at first it also wouldn’t convert it or save it as a different format. (At least, it wouldn’t at first… somehow that changed overnight.) Turned out that OOo was still what I needed to use to convert old docs so Office 2013 could edit them.

    Comment by Supersonic Man — May 16, 2014 @ 9:58 am | Reply

  2. Those complaints are about WordPress’s web interface. Its Android app is worse, but for entirely different reasons.

    Comment by Supersonic Man — December 13, 2014 @ 11:03 am | Reply


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