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SATURDAY, NOV. 14, 2009, 7:28 A.M.

A solution hoves into view…

Good morning, Netizens...

Earlier Jeanie mentioned offhand that she uses Wordpad in Windows to cut-and-paste into the administrative panel and when I tested it (using the only Windows box I own) it worked just as it should NOT. I should never be held captive against my will to using Windows. I have spent about a fourth of my adult life fighting against being pushed into using proprietary software routines, and I simply will not buckle under to it now. I owe Jeanie a box of cigars for her idea.

 Wine, the Windows emulator, is one of the most hotly-contested software applications that has been created in the last decade. Sitting at my Unix prompt, I can run some (not all) Windows applications just as if I were running Windoze. In my frustration I had forgotten about Wine's emulation of Wordpad for Windows, until just a short time ago. Presto! Although some functions, such as cutting and pasting URL's to the Internet remain to be seen, I have it working.

Write in Open Office, cut-and-paste into Wine's Wordpad and then paste it into the online form.

It does seem to be working. I'm so glad. Now I can get back to the actual job of writing for the Blog.


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