"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." - Albert Einstein
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First Take: StarOffice 6.0 Beta - Software Reviews - CNET.com -- While Sun may succeed in delivering a compelling alternative to MS Office, I'd guess the only companies to adopt it will be those operating on a shoestring budget. Medium and large corporations lack the courage to adopt a desktop product of such operational importance from a company they've traditionally purchased primarily server products.
We can only hope that there'll be some excellent cross-pollination between Sun's team and the folks at NeoOffice. NeoOffice has done a good job of delivering added value to OOo, and it would be a shame to see that good work fall by the wayside as the OOo core evolves to include its own Mac-native UX.
I'm sure mine is not the only voice encouraging the teams to find ways to cooperate and bring the best of both to OpenOffice's Mac user community.
Date Night! On those seemingly rare occasions when everything falls into place and events proceed as though following the script of a romantic classic, it's good to savor the moment. I've been savoring now for 28 hours...
My wife and I escaped our home last Saturday night to enjoy an evening of unfettered relaxation. We'd engaged the kids' favorite babysitter, and left the house with a simple plan, only 3 generally-defined destinations.
We arrived for Catholic Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis at about 4:30. We were early, and discovered a wedding party just departing. As we entered the church, I was drawn back to my childhood attendance of Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Though the church of my childhood is somewhat less grand than the Basilica, the notable similarities helped inaugurate our evening with pleasant reminiscence.
Once Mass had concluded, we returned to the car and drove the 3 blocks to the Walker Art Center for a wa…