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June 4, 2009

Tech Torture with Topher, Day 4

Posted: 05:28 PM ET

So, a late post today. Sorry about that.

Today was the first day that I ran into some real problems with this experiment. I was sent an Excel workbook file and I could not find any free online apps to open it. So, because I have to do my job, I had to use a desktop version of Excel. I tried Google Docs and even Windows Live Office and none of them liked the file.

We had an e-mail outage at work today. Now, this would have affected me even if I was using Outlook on my desktop, but what I did see is that once e-mail was back up, it took longer for me to get it back on the Web version than people around me on desktops.

So, I am entering the last 24 hours. I will be done around lunchtime on the East Coast and will post a video later that day about how the last day happened and if I think this was a success or not. I can tell you that if you are someone who works with a lot of images, audio and video editing, then this is not for you. I have not seen a usable Web-based app for any of these.

Keep the comments coming and let me know your thoughts.

I will be on CNN.com/Live tomorrow (Friday) around 1:15 p.m. ET talking about all of this, so if you are at your desk, please take the time and hop on and take a look.

Thanks for reading.

Other post in this series:

Welcome to Tech Torture with Topher
Tech Torture with Topher, Day 2
Tech Torture with Topher, Day 2 : Part 2
Tech Torture with Topher: Why?
Tech Torture with Topher, Day 3
Tech Torture with Topher, Day 4
Tech Torture with Topher, Day 5

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Kat   June 4th, 2009 7:08 pm ET

Which version of Office? The newest version(07) hasn't been made convertable yet. (it's not a .doc file: it's a .docx file) Good news is 07 software has a 97-03 save doc option which work on the cloud software... so the solution there is to have everyone send you documents in 97-03 version.


JP   June 4th, 2009 7:26 pm ET

Have you tried Open Office? I recently was having problems sending some spreadsheets to fellow employees on their computers at home and Open Office opened all of them just fine.


Stan, Canada   June 5th, 2009 1:19 am ET

I know it's expensive, I've known since Iomega launched the online iStorage service several years ago, but they offer some great features, including being able to back up your laptop and restore, online.


Ubik   June 5th, 2009 11:47 am ET

Only 5 days? That's not a week! 😀

You should describe what computing in the cloud is like at home too. Perhaps not as challenging as in the work place but still important.


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