Prison Pete

Thursday, October 14, 2004
  Cheap PC?
The good news of the day does appear that the SV is actually gone for two weeks, something that pleased my new boss greatly.

So this evening I ended up doing some more "clerk" work, tried to explain kiln operations, not quite successfully, and spent some time looking through PC Magazine for information on shareware software that is supposed to mimic Microsoft Word or WordPerfect.

Of course, I thumbed thorough the fifteen to twenty magazines I had and could not find it. Do you know of the name of any such software? You could probably access the PC magazine web site and search their reviews. I will enclose a copy of my address label for any codes you might need to access it.

This cop is semi computer literate, and purchased an HP with 500 MB RAM, 160 GB hard drive, and a DVD/CD burner. I think it is a model 630 HP? He was viewing a 17 minute video he downloaded and said it was "stop-start" on his computer, but at work it plays fine.

I suggested it might be the bottleneck of the hard drive or maybe low memory on his video card. The specifications for his machine said something about 125 Mb (shared) RAM. Any clues?

He has Windows XP Home operating system, but no application software. He said there were lots of links to sites to buy the various packages.

Suddenly a cheap PC ain't so cheap!
Dear Pete,

Try the following--
www.openoffice.org This is an open source version of Sun Microsystems StarOffice($80). Open Office is free if you download it from that site. Star Office is about $80.00. Try a search for Easy Office or 602Text as well. Please let me know if you need more help.


I use 602 PC Suite.

They've got a commercial version starting at about $40 for individual licenses, but also a fully-functional freeware version for personal (non-commercial) use.

- Iszi
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