oh blog me

Today I tried out a little piece of software. It’s an add-on for Microsoft Word called Blogger for Word. Don’t’ bother clicking the link, the thing doesn’t work. It installed a toolbar in Word, but … you know … FAIL. 🙂

If it had worked as advertised, I would have been able to:

“…use Blogger right within Microsoft® Word. Just download and install the Blogger for Word add-in and a Blogger toolbar will be added to Word …”

This would be extremely cool. I like to use Word to write stuff, but whenever I want to write for Metaphor I have to use something less robust.

I wrote this post in Word, then pasted it into Windows Live Writer. It works great. Nice Preview feature. I can publish from here, but if for some reason I need to edit the post in Blogger, I’ll have to reformat the paragraphs. Why can’t we all just get along?

What I learned is that the product was never completed. It came out several years ago, then was discontinued. It was supposedly, “no longer available for download.” But obviously Google never took down the download site; it’s still sitting there, like something moldy and smelly in the back of the fridge.

Come to think of it, I seem to remember trying Blogger for Word several years ago, and it didn’t work then.

It’s not that it’s a big deal, it’s just indicative of the fact that we need the companies that are providing our tech goods and services to cooperate on some level. The people who make aftermarket stuff for cars make stuff to work in certain cars. Otherwise, their stuff wouldn’t sell, right?

Why are we tolerating so many disparities in our computing lives?