Computer Software

You have arrived at the vinceunlimited Computers Software page. A place for me to place all my information within this website for those that are interested in software and associated matters.

It is set out as a reference source with the articles listed in reverse date order, blog style, and can be navigated by scrolling back through the content or jumping about using the vSearch dates and titles below.

In time this page will be updated to contain all the data about all the computer software and associated apps and programmes that I have owned or commented upon.


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Author: Vince Poynter
Version 5.167 7 Aug 2018
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003



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March 2010

Computer Software March 2010

A 2010 update to my 2003 article

Leaning Towards The Apple

Willy Gates supremacy has been usurped by Steve Jobs so now he has my vote as far as usable programmes go.

The operating system I mostly use when I have the choice is now Apple’s Macintosh in the latest feline variant.

Work still requires that I use good old MS applications which have as much attraction to me as another MS does and the start up times are still a pain.

Big M still does well on Excel but the now mighty Gates user base is gradually being eroded by the superior Fruit named alternative.


Author: Vince Poynter
Version 5.167 7 Aug 2018
Adapted from extracts from Version 3.0 in Mar 2010



November 2009

Home Work

A MyDiary article from 27 Nov 2009

Today I am working from home. No, really, I’m at home and working. I’m not just messing about on my computer. It’s real work.

I know it’s work because I have to open an Excel spreadsheet. As usual, it is a complex, multi-formatted workbook with SUBTOTAL functions and my Mac’s pretty little spreadsheet, Numbers, does not seem to support these professional tools.

As a result I have had to install Sun's VirtualBox which will allow me to load in my copy of Windows XP and the MS Office package on to my Mac.

I really do not want to do this, other than for the fascination, as it will be like fitting a Kia sunroof with ill fitting lock into my Jaguar.

The process involves adding Sun’s VirtualBox, Microsoft’s XP, the XP SP2 disc, MS Office 97 Suite [I can’t afford the extortionately priced upgrade, alright], adding AVG virus protection, then running several dozen Windows Updates, each of which wants to have its very own restart.

I will then be able to fire up the Excel sheet.

All of which is very time consuming and will mean I won’t be finishing early today.

Despite working from home.

Which I am.


Author: Vince Poynter
Version 5.156 19 Jul 2018
Written as an entry in MyDiary 27 Nov 2009
First Published: Version 3.0 Mar 2010



October 2003

Computer Software October 2003

The underbelly of my computer

Welcome to the soft page, not that this page is softer than any of the others - flexiscreens haven't yet hit the streets - unless you know better.

As with the 'hard' page this is designed for all the nerds to discover what I like to use to ease me through the exciting world of computing, software wise.

Willy Gates has my vote as far as usable programmes go. His pricing policy is questionable, as is the constant redevelopment of ideas. I have no problem with him making trillions as his products have revolutionised the way we work together but he could be fairer to legitimate users.

And the policy of constantly re-inventing basic necessities (Yes, I'm talking Windows here) seems a touch greedy. No wonder so many turn to piracy. Why do the class leading products, with their international markets, sold in hundreds of thousands of units sell for the highest prices? Ship 'em out cheaper Billy Boy and we'll all buy legitimately in their millions and so make you even richer. I know you could do with the extra cash.

Screenshot of laptop running multiple Windows in Windows XP
A mess of windows spill all over the screen courtesy of Windows XP

The operating systems I use is good old Microsoft Windows 95 on my home desktop and XP on my work laptop. This conveniently hides the OS in the background and I rarely venture into white on black screens these days. The 450mB ramquirement and 10 minutes to start up are a pain.

The big M (no, not McDonalds) also does well on applications. I learnt spreadsheets on Lotus 123 and early on supported this application along with the other excellent programmes they produced, particularly Organiser. The Lotus look is generally superior to Microtosh but the mighty Gates stronghold is more and more eclipsing the user base. In all I don't think this will be a problem as compatibility is paramount in the new technology of computing. Make it work, make it compatible - backwards and forwards and make it cheap. That's all we ask for.

And improve email programmes too. I've not yet used one that isn't total pants.

As for Apple Macintosh? What's the point? I thought their skins were waterproof. On a more serious note though, congratulations must go to Apple for pushing the boundaries of technology design.

Now what about PC software. When will we see true user friendliness in GUI's guys? And I don't necessarily mean a virtual office layout with a point and click 'photo facsimile' of an office desk. That's the real world. We're in an exciting new electronic medium here. Let's use new technology to work in a new world. Lose the Qwerty keyboard and references to files. This is electronic media. Voice inputs, multi-dimensional applications, 3D visuals and neural partition storage is the way to go. If you guys don't come up with the quantum leap then I warn you, I will.

Finally, why do games recreate what we do in life? I agree with top class simulation programmes but let's stretch the imagination and create wonderful new multi-dimensional worlds of true beauty - aurally and visually. Let's not go mad on nasal simulation though. I fear this strand of technology may be abused!


Author: Vince Poynter
Version 5.151 13 Jul 2018
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003
Image and links added with minor editing in Version 5.009 19 Oct 2017