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12 December 2007 @ 10:13 pm
12/12/07: Squander squander squander  
Word count: 73926 | Since last entry: 618

I really feel like I wasted a lot of today. I spent the entire morning creating a planning calendar for our 2008 travel, which took entirely too long because Excel 2004 on the Mac doesn't seem to be able to align text properly and has two different ideas about what a cell's background pattern should look like, depending on whether or not the cell also has a colored background. I finally switched the file over to the trial edition of Numbers (haven't yet decided whether to pony up the $80 for iWork), which handled the text spacing much better but has issues of its own with patterns and colors. This is, of course, far more work than the problem really deserves.

Then I went to lunch with some local writers. Unfortunately, due to an unfortunate excess of health-related problems in the area only two other people showed up. Nice to see them, anyway.

In the afternoon, I worked on synchronizing my email address books (Palm, Gmail, and Mac), which turned out to be a painfully manual process. Got halfway through before my brain rebelled.

Fixed hash for dinner, using potatoes from the farm and some lovely leftover pork loin, then watched an episode of Torchwood (thanks, airporter!) before finally setting down to write. And, as you see, got 600 words, which is respectable, but I really need to be doing more like 1000 words a day to finish two chapters (instead of my usual one) for the next crit group meeting. I need to do that at least twice between now and April to make my deadline.

Oh well. Tomorrow is another day. (Bites radish.)

Katekateyule on December 13th, 2007 06:16 am (UTC)
You bit those radishes? Even after I said they looked like a Fiber Arts project? Eeeuw.

We should go put away yesterday's vegetable basket before we go to bed.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 13th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
I'm on it...
Allan: Beta Frontalallanh on December 13th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
I haven't tried it on a Mac, but I've been using OpenOffice for nearly two years, and find it does everything I would need to do in Word or Excel.
jeffsoesbe: bald woman flowerjeffsoesbe on December 13th, 2007 08:22 am (UTC)
As a note, having hash for dinner might not be too conducive to the prolonged attention span required for writing 100 words...

Oh, you mean the other hash. The one with potatoes and meat.

Never mind.

- yeff
David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 13th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, like... dude... what?
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David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 13th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
One thing I absolutely love about Excel (yes, there are things to love about Excel) and use all the time is Auto-Filter. Just put a bunch of data into a spreadsheet, and then you can sort and filter and do all those other databasey things. Does Numbers have anything like this? I didn't see it if it does...
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David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 13th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
I'm meaning to make another Mac-related post soon, but for now I will say that the only software I had to buy to replace almost everything I was using on Windows was MS Office ($149 for the Student and Teacher edition, which anyone can buy), MoneyDance for personal finance management ($30), and the Transmit FTP client ($30). Everything else was either included with the computer or available as freeware.

The remaining holes are a page-layout tool (I'm considering Pages, part of iWork) and a paint/drawing program.
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David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 14th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
The equivalent of PhotoShop is, of course, PhotoShop. It is, of course, expensive. There are several alternatives, including the open-source GIMP, but PhotoShop itself is the industry standard for a reason.