Your word is dead to me – Boing Boing Gadgets

Your word is dead to me – Boing Boing Gadgets

I just need to share one thing with all of you, thanks to my blogging buddy Floyd, who posted about Microsoft today. Floyd’s post got me to thinking about Microsoft’s current woes.

Floyd’s post reminded me about Susan Orlean.

It’s been all over the internet that writer Susan Orlean is writing her new book using Google Docs instead of Microsoft Word.

Let me back up a moment here, give you some history about my revelation.

Susan Orlean is a published author, and I’m a blogger. I work for a nonprofit by day, then come home at night and blog to relax and do something different.

I also write, just a bit.

Nothing published, but I tap out some words on the weekends and when the words just won’t stay inside of me anymore.

I’ve always used a desktop computer, and I installed Microsoft Word on my desktop.

Last year, about this time, I bought a laptop and transferred all of my files from the desktop (XP) to my new computer (VISTA). I gave my desktop computer to my grandchildren, because they are all internet and gamer children.

When I went to access my Microsoft Word files, a little window came up and told me I was enjoying a “free trial” of MS Word.

And I could not use my MS Word disc to install on my new computer.


I had to pay ANOTHER $165, for “the latest and greatest” version of Word.

My answer to Microsoft, then and now, is “eat shit and die, mother effers.”

Every month or so, Microsoft emails me with another great deal for the latest and greatest version of Word.


The day after Christmas, the price on Word was $59.

No way.

I’m not going to buy something I’ve already bought.

So, when I read about Susan Orlean writing her novel on Google Docs, a light went off in my tired brain.

Ding ding ding ding ding.

I can use Google Docs for FREE.

Did you hear me, Microsoft?


And that’s all I wanted to say about the subject.

Good night.

Oh yeah, thanks to Susan Orlean.

And Floyd.

I’m going to buy her next book.

About boomergrl49

Mom, Grandma, retired social worker, blogger. I love reading fiction of all kinds, and I'm also addicted to television (Netflix, Hulu, Acorn, Amazon video).

Posted on February 25, 2009, in Boing Boing, Microsoft Word, Susan Orlean, Within Reason. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. HOLLLLLLY CRAPppppppppp what a revelation… so glad I stopped by here tonight.. Thanks for the info.. I will use it because the same dang thing happened to me.. I HATE VISTA and everything was a 6 month trial I had to download some free stuff too. DISGUSTING and that is mild.. I amgoing to check out google .. Thanks for your kind thoughts and concern… you are a GEM my dear GRAN among women!!! Take care : )


  2. Be well, Carol. You and your mom are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so mad at Microsoft right now.


  3. Hello gran,,I deleted several apps that were trial versions only in my vista home premium version,,and now the link to what is better and free. It is a big download for the whole suite but you get everything you need and you can send it directly to pdf files right from the writer.Since you use Linux you probably already know this but open office is all you need,,spreadsheets,,word etc, etc. and it works just as good on windows I had it on my xp and now on vista and it is free.Microsoft is a lot of bloat that is just trial stuff you have to buy like the office suite they push when I do the same stuff with open office,,I am running Linux on this computer also but before that i deleted all the junk on windows and installed a system that just works and free…..< HREF="" REL="nofollow">Open Office<>


  4. Yeah, take THAT Microsoft.And hey Gran that is a WOW banner pic. Lovin’ it 🙂


  5. Cool beans, I have word installed now but for the longest I was stuck the word processor that came with the laptop(sucks). I am glad there is a free alternative. I am going to have to go check that out. Thanks for the tip lady:)


  6. Floyd, I use Open Office at work all the time, and never considered using it at home! thanks!


  7. Thanks, Braja! the current header photo is from the group of pics I took along the Seattle waterfront in January!


  8. You are so welcome, Ms. Debo.


  9. Thank you for the info, Gran. We had the same problem. I will check out both Google Docs and Open Office, thanks to Floyd for that info.


  10. Glad to be helpful, Tammy! Good luck. And Floyd is my computer expert! Thanks again, Floyd, for being my computer “go to” person!


  11. Hey Gran thats interesting and I loved the way you wrote this! I am going to look into it, because these mongrels get you at every turn, more and more cash. Free sounds good to me.


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