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On 01/02/2018 10:32 AM, James Knott wrote:

My first hard drive was 30 MB.  I also used PC-Write at home.  I used
Wordstar 2000 & Word Perfect at work.  I also maintained mini-computer
systems, including DEC VAX 11/780.

When my father ordered his first computer, he ordered a 10 mg. hard 
drive. When he received it, it had a 20 mg. hard drive. They explained 
that the 10 mg. had become obsolete since he ordered it and gave him a 
20 mg. at no additional cost. He thought he had died and gone to PC heaven.

I also used PC-Write, both at home and at work. I worked as a lawyer and 
wrote all of my legal documents and court briefs using that wonderful 
little shareware program.

Obviously, LO can do much, much more than PC-Write ever could, but I 
think it a shame that, after nearly a quarter century of development, my 
quad-core laptop running LO on Linux is no faster than my old Toshiba 
286 laptop running PC-Write and DOS. Admittedly, I'm comparing text 
processing with text processing. I realize that, with graphical 
interfaces, networks and Internet, more is required of today's 
technology, but I often wonder. In terms of actual productivity -- i.e., 
getting work done, which for me meant word processing and an occasional 
spreadsheet -- I was more proficient 25 years ago than I am now.

I recall back in those days reading an article that claimed that DOS 
users made better writers than Mac users. The argument was that DOS 
users focused on content (that was all they had), whereas Mac users 
focused on appearance (since they could). I can relate for, these days, 
I spend a lot of time tinkering with fonts, styles, etc., instead of 
actually writing.


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