Tuesday, January 17, 2017
F*ck Chromebook and Google Docs
(From Ray X X-Rayer #130)
For the second and last time I’ve tried producing my zine, Ray X X-Rayer, on a Hamstrung Chromebook. I can’t believe I’ve encountered more glitches using that system compared to Windows 10 and Word.
With the Chromebook I have to be extra careful when selecting text. I wanted to only change one paragraph into italic and found the highlighting went beyond what I wanted. So I selected the text I wanted back to normal, supposedly the correction was saved, and then emailed a copy of the file as Word to myself so I could proofread it on my seven inch Android tablet, making sure it looked OK on the smaller screen.
But when I open up the file the correction I made for changing italics to normal remained was missing. I’m now editing this on my laptop using Word and I still have problems thanX to Google Docs. Docs has fucked up the page numbering: page 1 is now page 0, page 2 is page 1. It can’t be changed. I tried unchecking the different first page option in Word but the glitch remains in the footer. I’m not wasting time in trying to fix that shit so no page numbers this time around.
Previously I emailed a copy to myself and found half of the zine’s contents missing. So I had to email it a second time.
What I saved as plain text with Chrome is one block of text, no breaks, when I open up a copy in Windows. Notepad is unable to insert the proper returns. I have to open up the file in Jarte and save it as RTF to get the returns.
I don’t want to keep screwing around to make Docs work properly in compatibility mode with Word. My life is too short for this bullshit.
Another added bonus when using Chromebook offline: if you accidentally delete a file you can’t rescue it from a trashcan, it’s gone forever.
Chrome wordprocessing: word carving with a dull oversized blade.
Computers don’t fucking save time.
Note: I save vulgarities and obscenities for special occasions.
Posted by Ray Palm (Ray X) at 10:03 PM