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May. 2nd, 2002

I really wish that word wouldn't automattically correct my spelling. I'm not learning anything that way! I have to figure out how to change that.

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randomx
May. 2nd, 2002 12:59 pm (UTC)
you are quite possibly the ONLY person who's ever complained about a spell checker... congrats :)
(Anonymous)
May. 2nd, 2002 03:42 pm (UTC)
Not necessarily
Believe it or not, there really is a good reason to argue over Microsoft Word. An article that came up in my Ethics in the Information Age class was that a journalist was writing an article about some people he didn't like. He was going to call them idiots, but wanted a better word. So he checked the Thesauraus (Okay, she's got the spell checker, I got the Thesauraus) and he found only ONE other word associated with Idiot. Stupid. He was amazed. What ever happened to "Dummy", "Moron", "Dense", "Buffoon", and all the others?

He was using Word 2000. The thing was this was not the Word he normally uses. He was more accustomed to Word 97.

So he mails Microsoft about how come there weren't any insults associated with "idiot", or for that matter, not even DEFINED in their dictionary. Eventually, he got a reply from a Microsoft Rep saying that "Due to the changing outlook of what is appropiate for Microsfot products, our products adjust to the times as do we". It's a paraphrase, but essentially, Microsoft's professional outlook doesn't include dirty words. And thus, in that indirect way, they our limiting our abilities of speech by limiting their product's vocabulary.

Amazing isn't it? :)

~Steve the Nosy

P.S. Know thine insults well so that no one may take them from you.
randomx
May. 2nd, 2002 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Not necessarily
Yeah, I recall that point being brought up in that class when I took it last year... Microsoft is an absolute waste of a company, we all know that, so we can't help but laugh at their points-of-view... I'm just saying in General, spell checkers are not repremanded for being useful.
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