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       the birds do it ... the fish do it ... now, the computerists
migrate  ;-)

       Does anyone really wish to remain with MSFT?; it's just already
programmed into these glorified-typewriter machines ...
            scary prospect to remove it then install something else -and
all alone, nary a soul to even lend a hand  ;-)

       BTW - I thought many of your pubs were called the King's Arms  ;-)

On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM, Tom Davies <> wrote:

Hi :)
Even though this thread went waaaay off-topic it's ended up being very
relevant to a problem many of us have.  How to migrate.

Given that most people want to stay with MS systems we are a bit stuck in
the phase of having to deal with both systems at the same time.  Even when
the ODF format does become dominant there will probably be a few people
still using the ever-changing proprietary format that could disappear
any-time at the whim of a single company.

It's interesting to hear that Km changed it's base without changing it's
size (or may have changed length just a tiny bit that most of us wouldn't
have noticed).  I quite like the idea of re-measuring a long dead king's
arm as it slowly crumbles away but that might be a bit dark for most
people!  Probably better to just quaff a few ales in the Queens Arms
instead.  Not sure why so many pubs are called the Queens Arms.

Regards from
Tom :)

From: James Knott <>
To: "lo >> LibreOffice" <>
Sent: Wednesday, 28 August 2013, 15:13
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] LibreOffice paragraph styles exported to
other software/formats?

rost52 wrote:
The metric system has it is advantage in the factors of 10 or 1/10. I
consider this as the reason why most countries adopted the metric system.

It was also designed as a logical system, tied to defined physical
constants.  I recently watched a video about how the new standard for a
kilogram was the number of atoms in a precisely measured silicon
sphere.  The kilometre was originally defined in relation to the
distance from the equator to the poles, but is currently determined by
the wavelength of light emitted by the kryton-86 items.  This shows the
metric system is defined in terms of physical constants and not some
unmeasurable item such as the length of a long dead king's arm.

If a country is serious about a change, than all measures must be
provided for a while in both units and after while the old units must

In Canada, when Km and °C came in, there was a switch over date, the
road sides had stickers placed over the old speed limit in miles to show
in Km.  Weather reporting switched to Celsius.  As for physical things,
there was a date given, where dimensions had to be specified in metric,
but this applied to things made after that date and older items could
still be sold.  However, manufacturers switched production well before
that date.  The switch over was also phased in, so only one thing
changed at a time.

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