Ryan's Journal

"My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?" — David Mitchell


Posted from Culver City, California at 10:10 pm, January 21st, 2007

New year, but not too much in the way of new news. Work at DirecTV is continuing, and it looks like I may be there for a while. JAMWiki development has been slowed a bit due to having a nine-to-five (misnomer!) job, but it’s still going along well. There have already been more downloads this month than in any other month, and the project has gotten contributions from people hailing from places ranging from San Francisco to Ukraine to Mongolia.

JAMWiki Downloads

JAMWiki Downloads.

Also, here’s a quick geek announcement: for anyone looking to buy Microsoft Office, have a look at Open Office.org, which is free (Microsoft Office runs at least $200). Having used it for a few days now my impressions are:

  • I’ve been able to open and save all of my old Word and Excel documents without problems.
  • The menus are the same as Office, so there’s no learning curve.
  • The biggest downside is that it’s slower than Office, especially during startup.
  • It’s not quite as polished, but it’s close.

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