Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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RE[3]: Alas...
by ingraham on Sun 25th Nov 2012 20:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Alas..."
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Wouldn't a more sane strategy be to use LO/OOo internally and not export them outside of the company?

That is precisely what we did. However, PDF was not always a workable solution. Customers often wanted editable files, especially with spreadsheets. At any rate, most of the issues were from docs sent to us, not what we sent out.

As for Google Docs, I'd be perfectly happy with it. I don't get to pick. I have to work with my customers, not force them to work with me.

... you could put a filter on the mail server not allowing doc/xls/ppt files and giving an error to the sender that such files are not allowed due to viruses and to try re-sending them as PDFs.

Again, my customers would not accept this. I would literally go out of business inside of a year if I refused documents from my customers like that. We have 50 employees, and many of our customers are Fortune 500 level. Seriously, if you sent an RFQ out to a vendor 1/100th your size and they complained they don't want your Microsoft Word file, would you bother with them ever again?

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