06 March 2008

I Hate Microsoft

I just realized that. That I hate Microsoft. I know, I cannot deny that their software rocks; why, it is pretty much standard that most computers have Microsoft Office in their system, and everybody uses Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access. However, there are times in which their programs are so counter-intuitive that it makes my ass hurt.

I rarely use Word anymore. Upon entering graduate school, I learned how to use LaTeX, and it is amazing. I have the power to control how my document looks like, and it does the things for me in a way that Word doesn’t do. It numbers my example sentences automatically, and I don’t have to worry about them. I am able to do complex diagrams involving attribute value matrices, which is something that is very hard to do in Word.

I only use Word for non-serious business, say, recipes, or other stuff that needs to be typed but don’t need the elegant factor.

I still use Excel. I use it to keep track of the grades of my students. I also use it to do my chi-square tests. Basically, I use it to store my numbers. I also use it to store the metadata file of my CDs that contain my pictures.

I used Powerpoint recently. I had no choice, since I had to write a poster for a conference, and I don’t know of any other program that would allow me to make a poster that is 60 inches wide and 40 inches tall.

Now this is the pain in the ass. The commands are so counter-intuitive, sometimes I spend so many minutes searching the toolbar for the appropriate click. I make a box, and instantly, it is filled with a light blue color, something I did not specify. I then remove the filling, but when I make another one, there it is again! Why does it makes these small decisions for me, when I didn’t instruct it to do so in the first place?

The font is Arial, but I wanted it Verdana. Every time I make a new text box, it will revert to Arial, and so I need to specify it again that I want Verdana instead of Arial. Same thing with the font size. This program sucks.

Anyway, the good thing is that I am done with writing the poster. And unless I have another poster to write, then I won’t be touching Microsoft Powerpoint for the moment. I will stick to LaTeX, where I can manipulate my document using codes that seem tech-savvy.

(Winter Garden Plaza, from my New York City Series)


  1. LaTeX? I've never heard of that... ma-google nga. :)

    Oh, I like that Winter Garden Plaza. Where in NY is that?

  2. Toe,

    The Winter Garden Plaza is inside a collection of office buildings next to Ground Zero. These office buildings are connected through a system of indoor walkways, similar to Ayala Complex in Makati. It is near the Irish Hunger Memorial, walking distance from Wall Street.