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Hi all. Whilst I loathe Microsoft's methods as much as anyone, there is no way we can drop IE. We get stacks of calls to our help desk from users at home (students mostly) and they all seem to have IE installed by default and only know how to use that. Plus there's so many sites out there now that won't work with anything except IE. We had to use one recently that wouldn't work with IE 5.00 and had to be IE 5.01 or above.
( I couldn't open the .docx file you sent <other colleague> ).(added 20090512:172344)
I have just received an message requesting me to forward on to "interested members of my department" an email which had attached some 41 pages of documentation. As I have not yet install MS-Clairvoyance I was unable to determine who the "interested members" were, hence, the message (but NOT the attachments, which were place on a file server) was forwarded to all members of the department. The message was originally sent to another member of the department who would have forwarded it on to ALL members of this department but for the fact that a combination of them still insisting on using POP mail and a Mac combined to prevent them from forwarding the message.
The problem I had with this was that the original message came from the [University Group] and was sent to a number of recipients for forwarding to "interested members" , and, as one could imagine, this has the potential for creating a huge volume of mail traffic. Surely a link to a web page would be a much more efficient way of distributing large amounts of documentation around this organization.
Is there a policy covering this situation ? and if not why not ? If there is a policy covering this perhaps it is time for an All-Monash message pointing this out. Let's face it even the most robust of mail systems could be brought to its knees with distributions of information as mentioned above.
I've written a procmail script that filters out Word documents arriving in my mailbox, and sends a politely worded response to the originator. If people wish to waste my time by using non-standard, non-portable document formats, I'm not averse to reflecting the inconvenience upon them!
Yes, well that was before. Pressure was placed upon me to remove that device ... it was "unprofessional". Rather ironic, given that my stance was in response to behaviour that I considered to be far more "unprofessional", don't you think?
I think people (particularly professional computing people) should take more of a stand against Microsoft, and tell them that they just don't cut the mustard. Visit the link above, and better still, add it to your pages, so that as many people as possible can understand the issues.
Use Open Office (added 20070228:101458)
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