How to ditch Microsoft Word and live a much happier life.

Seriously, Word should die in a hot fire.


Microsoft Word is an artefact of a bygone era. It was designed to layout text for print. Generally speaking, most people don’t print anymore. Printers suck anyway. Word is also proprietary, and is thus not interoperable. For a program that people use just to store text, the amount of crap inside a .docx file is astonishing. As someone who doesn’t have Word installed, sending me a .docx file is useless. Not everyone has Word. The few people that don’t either don’t use an Office suite, use Google Docs, or use neither. They are the kind of people who still think Windows has a 23-character limit on file names. Ideally, the replacement would be PDF, which is open source and is ubiquitous on any operating system that can run a modern browser (both Chrome and Firefox have PDF readers built in). However, PDFs have the same problem of being designed with print in mind and they can’t be edited as easily as Word files. Summon Markdown.
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Fans of ‘Seeker Daily’ revolt, take over abandoned Twitter account

This article was originally posted on Rich Uncle Rupert in 2017. It is presented here without editing or modification from the version which was published.

Two days ago, I wrote of the abandonment of the NowThis YouTube channel. A group of fans have taken over the Twitter account of the channel’s predecessor — Seeker Daily.

It seems that the Twitter handle @SeekerDaily was made available at some point in early May — the original account was likely deleted or renamed. However, the descriptions of a large portion of Seeker Daily’s back catalogue continue to link to this now-fan run account.

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NowThis News goes silent after controversial rebrand

This article was originally posted on Rich Uncle Rupert in 2017. It is presented here without editing or modification from the version which was published.

Over two months after Group Nine Media controversially rebranded YouTube news channel Seeker Daily in keeping with their NowThis brand, the channel has gone dormant. The channel has not published videos in over a month and 15 days. The channel previously uploaded near-daily.

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‘Today’ hosts interview cartoon meerkat in cringeworthy product integration

This article was originally posted on Rich Uncle Rupert in 2017. It is presented here without editing or modification from the version which was published.

Behold folks, we have reached peak breakfast TV.

The hosts of the popular Australian breakfast show Today interviewed the animated mascot of the insurance comparison website Compare The Market this morning in what was a very difficult segment to watch.

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Bolt gives NYT moral lecture over their moral lecture

This article was originally posted on Rich Uncle Rupert in 2017. It is presented here without editing or modification from the version which was published.

Andrew Bolt, a News Corp columnist whom the courts have found repeatedly to be a liar, has given his opinion on an opinion piece by A. Odysseus Patrick published in the New York Times that called the Australian government’s apparent preference for Syrian Christians as immoral as it leaves non-Christians (regardless of religion) to die a violent and painful death. Of course, if Bolt had actually read the lede paragraph of the piece, he would know that author was saying that the fact that Christians are being given preference over non-Christians is immoral. Not the fact that 78% of the refugees are Christian.

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YouTube investigates site which sells channel verification, CMS accounts

This post was originally published on skymann.net on July 17, 2016.

shincode.tech is a website that offers YouTube verification ticks, Custom URLs and previously Content Management accounts. The site, no doubt, is an infringement on YouTube’s terms of service which is why at least four people who used the site to verify their channels had their accounts terminated.


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Sticker-Fearing

This article was originally posted on skymann.net in 2016. It is presented here without editing or modification from the version which was published.

Halal certification is the practise of inspecting food items to make sure that they fit within the Islamic dietary requirements, usually resulting in a sticker featuring the phrase Halal in Arabic script (حلال) . This practice is completely voluntary on the part of the food corporations sending their products to these clearing-houses and completely outrageous to the far right.

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