The Internet as your desktop
Charles Petrie wrote: "I would love a world in which people understood it was better to ship URLs pointing to some standard format rather than ship around Word docs. And it would break MS's real monopoly if people did that. Unfortunately, I doubt people will . And if they don't, Apache will survive, and so will the MS Office monopoly. Sigh." Well, I for one have been using the Internet as towerofbabel.com 's desktop since Day One. In fact whenever one of our translators asks to receive Word documents via email to translate it just strikes me as being so inefficient, not to mention instrumental in preserving the Word monopoly. Fortunately it's only the rare translator who works that way (still). Anyone with any sense realizes that having the Net as your desktop and just sliding URLs around is definitely the future. The only way of convincing the masses to do this is simply by assuming they do it too and pointing out to them how inefficient it is if they try to slide Word documents around. It will take a while, sure, but it can/will happen.