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A confession today from Lance Ulanoff of PC Magazine, including this revelation:

"Windows 3.1 is a lovely, lightweight operating system, with a simple interface. PIF files reign supreme, and the Control Panel features a manageable 16 items. The 256-color operating system happily coexists with my 5.25- and 3.5-inch floppy disks and, more importantly, with my all-time favorite word processor, XyWrite III. The command-line software takes the old 80/20 usage rule and flips it on its head: I use 100 percent of XyWrite's features 100 percent of the time. Nothing compares."

... and ...

"Lately, I've found that none of the other PCs in the office have 3.5-inch floppy disk drives, let alone slots for 5.25-inch disks. This makes it somewhat difficult to process my files, but I've found a solution: I compose my columns, reviews, and the like on Xywrite III and print them out on my Epson MX-80 dot matrix printer. Then I hand the printout to the nearest intern and ask him or her to type it into their PC and move the file along on the network. I've even been known to skip the PC entirely and have someone transcribe it."

I think we could devise a much better solution for Lance than this!


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