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MS Excel is a piece of crap.

MS Excel won't let you open two files that have the same filename. Even if they are different files (in different folders). Do you know how much this ticks me off? If I download a file from the network drive at work, edit the copy, and then decide to re-merge some of my changes into the original document, I just can't do it. I guess even with billions of dollars a year, MS couldn't afford to hire someone who's heard of absolute vs. relative pathnames?

Behold MS Excel in all its glory.

Contrast with something like Vim, which will let you "open" the same file TWICE, i.e. the same buffer in two Vim windows. And when you edit one of them it will edit the other. And if you try to open an already-open file in another entirely separate instance of Vim itself, Vim will gasp ASK you what to do. Open anyways? Abort? Recover the other Vim instance's buffer?

My loathing of MS Office knows no bounds. If I had to rate the parts of Office according to suckitude, Access would certainly top the list, but Excel is a very close second.

August 02, 2006 @ 3:32 AM PDT
Cateogory: Rants

3 Comments

Anonymous Cow
Quoth Anonymous Cow on September 13, 2007 @ 2:50 PM PDT

I couldn't agree more!

ajcates
Quoth ajcates on June 28, 2011 @ 5:01 AM PDT

I wish there was a way to edit excel files with vim and instead of using excel functions you could just use any language that is supported in the shell.

Brian
Quoth Brian on June 28, 2011 @ 7:02 AM PDT

There's always CSV files.