[maemo-users] OpenOffice (was Bluetooth keyboard?)

From: Mark wolfmane at gmail.com
Date: Fri Apr 25 21:22:08 EEST 2008
On Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 8:31 AM, Kevin T. Neely
<ktneely at astroturfgarden.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 09:15:07PM -0600, Mark Haury wrote:
>  >    Kevin T. Neely wrote:
>  >
>  >  I'd love to be able to run office apps on my tablet, but might it not just be easier in situations like the above to use vnc or similar to connect to a desktop machine that can run these apps and viewers?
>  >
>  >
> >    Not if the tablet is all you have with you, or a desktop machine with the
>  >    requisite apps isn't available or connectable via wireless, or you simply
>  >    *can't* take a larger machine with you, and the list goes on and on. When
>  >    I bought my tablet, I really was hoping it would be more of a laptop
>  I assume that the tablet has internet connectivity, b/c you mentioned dl'ing the presentations on the fly.

That wasn't me. I more often take the files with me, and occasionally
copy directly from somebody else's drive (with them present, of

>  In any case, it can almost always be connected through your phone.

Uh, no, my phone doesn't have bluetooth (or a camera), and at any
rate, I don't have a data plan. Can't afford it, don't need it, refuse
to pay by the outlandish prices for that access as compared to any
other form of Internet access. GSM data, at least in the USA, is not
the least bit attractive. You have to pay a monthly premium, plus
per-MB charges. Meanwhile, free Wi-Fi is ubiquitous in most metro
areas, where the need for urgent Internet access is most likely to
occur, and it's way faster than any form of wireless phone network
based data access.

And no, I don't txt or IM. If I really wanted/needed to, I could send
a txt message for ten cents, but it's free  (for both me and the
recipient) and a whole lot more effective to either voice call or
leave a voicemail if something is really urgent. Txt messages always
incur charges for anyone who doesn't pay extra for the service,
regardless of whether you are sending or receiving. My sister cost me
some bucks in a short period before I was able to make it clear to her
that even though it wasn't costing her extra (meaning above the extra
it was *already* costing her for adding that service above the basic
plan), it was costing me just to read her messages. There's no way to
txt without it costing you something.

I will *never* understand the popularity of txt or IM. The only
purpose of texting is for incredibly rude and/or irresponsible people
who should have their attention on something else. IM is an extremely
poor substitute for a voice call. Either one is *far* less efficient
than voice.

>  The other assumption is to leave home or office workstation on, with VNC server (or equivalent) running.  Every windows machine (since XP) has remote desktop built-in, so that is also an option.  With that running, just have the appropriate ports forwarded on the router to the machine.

Harder than it sounds, and a _whole_ lot less reliable. If you take
the files with you in the first place, network access is irrelevant.

>  Perhaps not the ideal solution,

Definitely not.

>but should be implementable (is that a word) for just about anyone.

Nope. Not even close.

 And, in any case, is easier than fooling around with office for the
tablet and worrying about its ability to convert a 12meg powerpoint or
complex spreadhsheet.

Wrong again. I have yet to have a recent version of OOo choke on any
Word, Excel, or Powerpoint file I've thrown at it, or even screw up
the formatting. That makes it - and offline files - by far the most
effective solution.

Until the entire planet is covered by affordable (or free) broadband
wireless access (via satellite?), there is only one ironclad guarantee
of getting your work done: Take it with you - both the files and the

People who work in the computer, communications, or other high-tech
fields easily forget that the overwhelming majority of people don't
have even a tiny portion of the network access that they do,
especially people who don't have a lot of money. It's not just that
they can't afford it; the availability just isn't there. That doesn't
mean they don't have computers or work to do.


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