Waraku Education

Ideas, experiments and observations as they occur [and I have time] relating to teaching and learning in a secondary school - special focus on ICT.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Remember Wordstar

This article in The Australian, "StarOffice part of Google's plan", reminded me of Wordstar.

It wasn't the word 'star'. I love a good stoush.

Remember Wordstar being queen and then Wordperfect and then ...? Can you go back before Wordstar?

In all of these cases a new comer superseded the existing queen. However, during the transition of power, it felt like we mere mortals had a choice. People were talking about data format and compatibility.

Once the new queen had exerted her power there was not a choice and we seemed to be locked into the new regime. Talk of data compatibility became heresy. People were locked into a tool.

I hope that we don't see a repeat of this when Google and Sun knock MS for a six. It's been a long time since I've felt we have had a choice.

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