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How “Wintel thinking” reduces productivity

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For many jobs there’s a PC way and a Unix way. For example, I write these blogs using vi under either CDE (Solaris 10) or Gnome (Solaris 9) and just embed references and format information as I go along. The result is extremely portable because the text is independent of the format, the embedded DTD (HTML) can be changed at the drop of a sed file, and there just aren’t many systems out there that can’t handle the file in one of its many equivalent forms.

Until recently, for example, posting one of these to Zdnet was a one minute cut and paste operation - but not anymore. Zdnet recently upgraded to a Wordpress release that requires a Windows style work process - no more bulk HTML input. Now, there’s a “visual editor,” in which a carriage return over-rides

because the assumption is that you type your stuff using the mouse to highlight text and select “code” when entering HTML -i.e. you’re expected to hard wire each change, link, or formatting decision in-line as you go along.

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re: wintel thinking

The guys barking up the wrong tree. Don't blame Wintel, blame the stupid users who voted with their dollars.

Wordperfect lost it's huge market lead to Word because people jumped ship - mainly because the majority of people think that mouse driven interfaces are easier/better to use then keyboard shortcuts.

Also the guys major beef should be with Wordpress (the crappiest blog on the market) for not being able to xfer whatever file he wishes and instead forces the content to be eye-dropped in via their clunky web-based gui.

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