The “most writer-friendly word processor on the planet” and my plan to join ISIS

According to unbiased sources, as of September 15, 2014, WordPerfect remains the “most writer-friendly word processor on the planet.”

What do federal judges and their law clerks spend most of their day doing? They write. Ergo, the IT unbelievers (and their judicial minions) that pimp Word must be slaughtered. I’m about to join ISIS.

RGK

Photo credit: NBC News and State of Myths (n Iraqi TV show poking fun at ISIS would have already triumphed over battalions of militants rampaging through Iraq and Syria. "State of Myths" features a gun-toting dwarf, a guy in salmon-colored shorts wielding golf clubs and ISIS chief Abu Omar Al Baghdadi arm-curling human skulls, among many others.

Photo credit: NBC News and State of Myths (An Iraqi TV show poking fun at ISIS,
“State of Myths,” features a gun-toting dwarf, a guy in salmon-colored shorts wielding golf clubs and ISIS chief Abu Omar Al Baghdadi arm-curling human skulls.)

23 responses

  1. RGK,
    That holy war continues unabated in law offices across the nation. I spent a considerable amount of time the past few summers making myself valuable to lawyers by fixing their microsoft word problems.

    I didn’t mind it; I was glad I could help, but sometimes I wonder if someone who is basically a professional author should really refuse to understand how to use a new word processing platform. Doesn’t seem smart to me.

    -SLS

  2. SLS,

    While I get your point, I don’t have time to learn Latin and Greek and Word at the same time. Well, now that I think about the preceeding sentence, learning Latin and Greek might be a good introduction to Word.

    All the best.

    RGK

  3. Those of us who were “early adopters” of technology used WordPerfect because it was by far the best word processing program available (at the time, and still) and most other lawyers used it so we could share documents. When Microsoft started giving Word away for free with new computers, people stopped buying WP and switched to Word, by far an inferior product.

    But the lawyers who always used WP both wanted, and needed to stick with it. We knew how to use it from practice and experience. We liked it, as it satisfied our needs very well. And we had a ton of old documents that required WP to access.

    Today, I think of it as the “lawyer’s secret handshake,” that lawyers alone persist in using WP when most others have moved to Word. I have both on all my machines, and am reasonably fluent in either program. But I still use WP rather than Word, because I can. And if someone needs a doc in Word format, I can easily make it happen, even though I privately snicker about it.

  4. What’s the over/under on the time until following headline appears: ” Federal judge plans to join ISIS”?

  5. SHG,

    I can get around in Word. But I have been writing an article for the Federal Sentencing Reporter on the use of actuarial data for supervised releas and at sentencing. They want it in Word, although their professional editor has told me she prefers WP. Anyway, my article has tables and all that crap and editing my piece of crap article without reveal codes is damn near impossible. At least that’s my story.

    All the best.

    RGK

  6. Take it from me Latin’s easier.

    90% of what’s in Word no one ever uses – it’s the ultimate in bloat-ware. Personally I use OpenOffice but that’s mostly because it’s free.

  7. SHG speaks for me. My computer manager was kicking about having to buy the new version of Word Perfect and tried to make us all switch to Word. He finally took pity on us and bought the new WP, hurray! Really, how does anyone function without Reveal Codes?

  8. Years ago the phone number of a USDJ showed up on a gambling wire tap in CB, though I think the law clerk was the sinner.

  9. One of the interesting aspects of the freeware I use is that they fix stuff that is broken. I guess thay don’t have to worry about their profit. Bloat-ware is an understatement.

  10. repenting lawyer,

    A former US Attorney of my acquaintance ran a bookie business on the horses running at Aksarben out of the basement of the old UNL Law school. Pretty sure he made enough to pay his tuition. I was in the stacks studying.

    All the best.

    RGK

  11. I am a WordPerfect aficionado, a compiufer consultant and office automation specialist that provides support to WP and Word users, most of whom are lawyers, and a few of my articles have appeared on TechnoLawyer (some lawyers here may be familiar with this newsletter). I used the iPad to write an ebook on my “iExtensible” system using WordPerfect X7 for iPad; it was published on October 22, 2014, and it’s possible many of you (especially those that work in the legal field that may or may not use the WordPerfectt app or the Word app) will find the excerpt illuminating:

    https://itun.es/us/N99L3.l

    The only point I want to make here (as I do in the ebook) is that today there is no reason a WP user cannot routinely save the documents they create in WP as PDFs, and if the WP wishes to send other than the PDF and send the WPD in DOC or DOCX format to a Word user that prefers Word documents, the PDF can be quite easily be converted to Word using Nitro PDF Pro. (IMO those that have a preference for Word documents being sent to them ought really to buy Nitro PDF Pro for themselves, rather than saddling this cost upon the WP user!) In a world that has standardized on the DOC and DOCX format, Nitro PDF Pro is a must-have application for the Windows desktop, but I am still examining the PDF to Word solutions provided by Adobe and others for iPad users.

  12. [Please ignore rhe previous piost (with the tyoos)]

    I am a WordPerfect aficionado, a computer consultant and office automation specialist that provides support to WP and Word users, most of whom are lawyers, and a few of my articles have appeared on TechnoLawyer (some lawyers here may be familiar with this newsletter). I used the iPad to write an ebook on my “iExtensible” system using WordPerfect X7 for iPad; it was published on October 22, 2014, and it’s possible many of you (especially those that work in the legal field that may or may not use the WordPerfect app or the Word app) will find the excerpt illuminating:

    https://itun.es/us/N99L3.l

    The only point I want to make here (as I do in the ebook) is that today there is no reason a WP user cannot routinely save the documents they create in WP as PDFs, and if the WP wishes to send other than the PDF and send the WPD in DOC or DOCX format to a Word user that prefers Word documents, the PDF can be quite easily be converted to Word using Nitro PDF Pro. (IMO those that have a preference for Word documents being sent to them ought really to buy Nitro PDF Pro for themselves, rather than saddling this cost upon the WP user!) In a world that has standardized on the DOC and DOCX format, Nitro PDF Pro is a must-have application for the Windows desktop, but I am still examining the PDF to Word solutions provided by Adobe and others for iPad users.

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