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    Re: Technical, engineering and DIY

    Post by chris c on Sun Oct 22 2017, 22:59

    @graham64 wrote:
    Never considered Linux Derek besides long past are the days for me to experiment with other operating systems  Sad Windows is far from perfect but better the devil you know

    Yes once you've got things all bolted nicely into place the thought of having to do it all over again, but different, has become less and less attractive than back when I was an eager young thing a couple of decades ago <G>

    Apart from Windows itself I run exactly NO Microsoft software, which helps, and I have a number of Linux ports like Open Office, but I don't know how well you can persuade things like Coreldraw to go on the various Linuxen so I'd probably still need some form of Windows.

    I have a portable USB hard drive for back up I also have plenty of cloud storage that came with both my ISP and my anti virus software if I ever need it but would only store non sensitive stuff like photos and screen shots etc on cloud.

    I'm leery about the small print which may mean they can steal your content and resell it.

    I used to burn stuff onto CDs and then DVDs - I had one of the first DVD burners which also worked on the highly useful DVD-RAM disks and cost about £400. My most recent one was under £20 and worked at warp speed comparatively. Then I turned to using more hard disks when they got cheap enough. Now I can't remember which one has all my porn stash, er, highly important material, and which are backups of what, and which ones stopped working.
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    Re: Technical, engineering and DIY

    Post by graham64 on Sun Oct 22 2017, 23:20

    @chris c wrote:Apart from Windows itself I run exactly NO Microsoft software, which helps, and I have a number of Linux ports like Open Office, but I don't know how well you can persuade things like Coreldraw to go on the various Linuxen so I'd probably still need some form of Windows.

    Used to get a cut down version of Microsoft office free with windows it was all I needed but with the advent of 10 that option is no longer available instead a yearly subscription is in place  Rolling Eyes I use LibreOffice which I believe is a spin off from Open Office


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    Post by chris c on Sun Oct 22 2017, 23:54

    Yes I never worked out quite what the difference was so continued using the original Open Office and updating it as I went. I believe some of the Microsoft Office versions are knobbled and no longer read or write earlier file formats, OO is much better in that respect. It also reads a whole load of other file formats including obsolete ones, but unfortunately not Works for DOS or Ability Office which I also used for a while.

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