I love google, I really do. I blog through them, I email through them, they host my family's photo albums, they give me a home page on which I can save all my links - and they host my wordprocessing. Even cooler - my school email is through google, which means I have a whole new google account just for school. It also means that I have a whole separate documents account for school. I use google documents already, have for a while now. And since google documents does all the other great things that most data processors do, I was considering uninstalling OpenOffice.
I also want to make it perfectly clear that I love OpenOffice, mainly because I love open source applications. I've actually sent them money - though admittedly less than I would have paid for Microsoft Office Suite. Which is why even though I don't actually use it anymore, when I got this brand new laptop, I downloaded and installed it yet again. In fact, this being a brand new laptop (I've never owned a brand new computer before), it had Microsoft Office pre-installed (even though they wanted me to pay for it after the trial ran out).
So here I've sat with OpenOffice, but I haven't used it - not once. I've had this computer for a month. I've written several different things, all on google documents, or if it's a quick note, on notepad. Never opened it until today, when I went to print my papers that are due tomorrow. I got the word count on one of them and realized that something wasn't right. I had realized it seemed rather voluminous while I was writing it, but I really didn't think much of it. So I opened OpenOffice and copied, then pasted.
The assigned paper was 2-4 pages, I had written 3. When I pasted it into OpenOffice, it was nine and a half damned pages. And let me tell you, it's not possible to just trim a nine page paper into four. Oh no it's not. So I got to rewrite it this afternoon. On the upside, I do feel better about my humanities paper. It was open ended, so I really didn't feel too bad about it, but I'm glad it went from less than a page to two. Now I just gotta figure out google documents......