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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lucinda Writes--Recommends Free Software

Hi Jim,
I took a peek at your on line forum last night while I was backing up my computer files after the election. Looks like a great tool for conversation and debate.
Don't know about you but I had a lot of folks asking me last night for results by precinct. Just a suggestion - to post the spreadsheet so folks can see results by precinct - I tried all of your links and they all sent me to Google. I don't have a Google account and most folks that don't probably won't want to set one up just to see this. If at all possible, just provide a link directly to their the Excel file.

For folks who don't have Microsoft Office on their computers, they can download a free emulating software called OpenOffice from that will allow them to see Excel, Word, PowerPoint and all of the other types of Microsoft Office files - without having to invest in expensive software.

I guess it would be a bit too big this time to post as an image. November elections tend to have less candidates on the ballot, so that may be another option depending on how big the spreadsheet it then. I'll be happy to work with Sandy Lewis to see if there are any adjustments we can make to make this even better.
Lucinda M. Weakland
Exec. Secretary to the Potter County Commissioners
814-274-8290, Ext 207


Anonymous said...

Folks can trust open office, i have been using it for years. it is a linux based office product that was developed by folks who got tired of the microsoft monopoly. Try it, kids can use it for school etc and documents can be saved to work with microsoft products.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Lucinda!

Anonymous said...

If you have no use for Open Office and do not want to download the 148mb file, there IS another option. You can download Exel Viewer 2003 right from Microsoft. It is completely free. The file is 9-10mb in size and lets you "Open, view, and print Excel workbooks, even if you don't have Excel installed. This download is a replacement for Excel Viewer 97 and all previous Excel Viewer versions."

Download Exel Viewer 2003 HERE .

Anonymous said...

Open Office is an excellent piece of software. It has all the features of Microsoft Office, except it's based on the GNU public license...meaning it's free. For anyone interested in free software I recommend also taking a look at Linux operating systems. Ubuntu is a great way to start learning about linux. Give it a try...sure beats giving Microsoft over $100 just to be able to use your computer.

Anonymous said...

I hate GNUs. Don't let them into our country. I agree with Joe Bob the Redneck.

Let Robbie be judge.

Anonymous said...

"I hate GNUs. Don't let them into our country"-----

WHAT? I really hope that was a wisecrack.

Joe Bob the Redneck said...

I went to the www.openoffice.ord site and tried to download the openoffice 2009 software and it wanted me to register and pay a support fee. also....openoffice DOES NOT do everyting that MS office professional does.

Lucinda said...

Please note the following correction - the FREE site is www.openoffice.ORG not ".com" My misprint. My best use for this software is not as a substitute for MS products, but as a way to view MS files for those that don't receive or use Powerpoint or Excel files often enough to justify the cost of the software. Sorry for the misprint!