Office Web Apps vs Google Docs

Microsoft is making its Office Web Apps available free to personal users as part of its SkyDrive (a name slightly redolent of Skynet) cloud service. This is meant to complement the full MS Office suite but I am more interested in seeing how good a job it does as a stand-alone package, like Google Docs or even OpenOffice. After all, wouldn’t it be cool to be able to run genuine MS Office from Linux for free? OK. Don’t answer that. Lets just give it a try and see how it faces up to Google Docs.


June 30, 2010. IT, Links, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Thinking Clearly About Political Terminology

We are all used to vague political terms like “left wing”, “right wing” and “liberal”, often used as prefixes for the more general term “bastard”, but what do they really mean? (more…)

June 9, 2010. Links, Politics, Sensible. 1 comment.

Zut alors! Les Français sont confondus

I just found a Facebook group, in French, with my name on it. Of course, it isn’t about me. Rigal is a fairly common name in France and it seems to be about a teacher or professor called Daniel Rigal. I think it is just his students messing about. I translated the page with Google Translate but it made less than no sense.

Despite not being about me, it has a link to my homepage on it! Goodness knows why. Clearly the French are very confused. Mind you, so are most of the denizens of Facebook. That’s why I normally avoid it. (more…)

May 25, 2010. Daniel, Links, Silly. Leave a comment.

A Vote for Democracy?

Unlock Democracy (the people who used to be Charter 88) have a very interesting and quite detailed analysis of all the main political parties’ (plus a few others’) lines on democracy, civil liberties and human rights.

It is well worth a read, particularly if you believe that you can avoid overbearing government by voting Tory.

April 25, 2010. Links, Politics. Leave a comment.

Cheapskate Tip #2



April 15, 2010. Food, Links, Money. Leave a comment.

It Ain’t Fair!

I know you don’t want to hear my views on the General Election campaign, which is just as well because I am finding it so vapid and uninspiring that I don’t have much to say. Instead I want to talk about this little toy that the BBC have come up with: (more…)

April 10, 2010. Links, Media, Politics, Sensible. 4 comments.

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