Useful computer tip of the week

For a good office suite, try out Libre Office.

LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you 6 feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Support and documentation is free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers. You, too, can also get involved!

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Libre Office is based off of the code, but unlike, it isn’t controlled by Oracle, which has not made people like it well in the Open Source world.  I don’t care which program I use, they’re both the same price (free) and have the same features, in my opinion either of them is better than Microsoft Office, which is very overpriced, at least for the home user.


Useful computer tip of the week
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Avoid vendor lock-in by using open programs and formats.

If it is possible for you to use instead of Microsoft Office, you can save a lot of money, and be assured that if anything goes wrong with your ability to use the program, there will be another program that can read it’s formats.

Many programs can read the Open Document Format used by Open Office., Google Docs, Abiword, KOffice, and recently Microsoft Office gained the ability to read and save in the Open Document Format. (Although it shows a warning screen telling you to save in Microsoft’s .docx format instead)

In the end, most of these programs can also open the Microsoft formats as well, but since they had to add that support by reverse-engeneering microsoft’s firmats, they can glitch, and formatting may be missing.

Look for open equivelants for your favorite programs, doing that can make your life easier!

That’s all for now

–Peder Erickson


Useful Tip of the week

Here is a program that many people will find useful. is a free office suite that can be used in the place of Microsoft® Office.  It may not have every feature of Microsoft’s Office Suite, but it has all of the features that the general computer user needs.  It has a Word Processor, Spreadsheet program, Presentation program, Art Program, and Database Program.

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux