Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Why M$ annoys me...

Let me count the many, many ways....

- Spreading FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) utilizing a variety of techniques regarding competitors rather than improving their own product.

- A 32,000+/- limit on the number of rows of data you can have in an Excel spreadsheet. YOU try and sort a 200,000 line data file when you need to break it into 32k line chunks first. Makes a bad evening so much better.

- A well-deserved reputation for software ("bloatware") that pushes users into unnecessarily purchasing new hardware because of poor resource utilization. In other words, much M$ software in my experience is a pig for resources, such that a relatively young machine grinds to a halt under the burden of carrying the latest OS and software like an oxygen-starved asthmatic.

Now...the list could go on, and the above is only my opinion...but I have a 250k line sort going...yeargh.

2 comments:

Sevesteen said...

I don't think this is an entirely arbitrary limit, Open Office Calc announced that for version 2.0 "The number of spreadsheet rows has been increased to the same number of rows Microsoft (R) Excel offers. The maximum number of rows in a spreadsheet is now 65536." I'm guessing you are using a spreadsheet for stuff it's not really meant to do--I've seen Excel used as a database at least as much as I've seen it used as a spreadsheet, even when Access is available.

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