[svlug] Re: word

Drew Bertola drew at drewb.com
Fri Oct 4 18:02:07 PDT 2002


On Fri, Oct 04, 2002 at 05:27:13PM -0700, Ira Weiny wrote:
> On Fri, 4 Oct 2002 16:21:46 -0700 (PDT)
> Graham Freeman <graham at calteg.org> wrote:
> 
> > 

> > > On the other side, some companies send your resume directly to
> > > /dev/null if it's a word document.

CDDI comes to mind ;)

> > Sure.  Some companies will risk significant opportunity cost based on
> > ideological decisions.  However, presumably they wouldn't do what you
> > describe if they had specifically asked for it in Word format, as in my
> > situation.
> 

> No some companies don't have the resources to pay for such software
> and are using more open standards.  I for one can't open about 1/2
> the word documents I get. (trying with OpenOffice) so they go to
> /dev/null...

I wouldn't hire anyone who assumed I could open a word doc, specially
since people who would apply would probably know something about me
and my business.

I did, though, buy crossover office and plugin (wine) at LWCE so that
I could read word docs (amongst other things).  This is because I
won't turn away a customer because they send me a spec in word format.
I must say that it works great.
 
> On the other hand maybe Microsoft would give away reader copies of
> their software which runs on Linux on PPC platforms...  (yea when
> pigs fly through a frozen hell...)


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