Friday, November 7, 2008

Lotus Symphony on the Mac!

Finally, last Wednesday (November 5th, 2008), IBM released the long awaited version of Lotus Symphony for Mac as part of the version 1.2 update. Despite the fact that IBM is using the old name for the GUI version of Lotus 1-2-3, that's where the similarities end... I am a bit annoyed that IBM didn't respect the '/' menu options on the spreadsheet product... but I digress.

IBM Lotus Symphony is a free office suit that has a word processor, spreadsheet and a presentation program. It supports the OpenDocument format (ODF), as well as the binary Microsoft Office and Lotus Smartsuire formats. One of the really good features is the fact that it can export documents in PDF format.

Symphony is based on OpenOffice techoloy and uses the Eclipse Rich Client for it's framework.

It is available fon Windows, Linux and Mac, and best of all it's free!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Brazilian GP 2009

I can't believe the final Grand Prix of the season. It has been the most thrilling end to a race I have ever seen... let alone a championship. The title changed hands so many times during the race, it was unbelievable.

I felt really bad for Felipe Massa, he did everything he was supposed to do. He finished the race and for 38.9 seconds he was the World Champion! Vettel did his work for Ferrari overtaking Hamilton with 2 laps to go. And you have to admit that Glock's slowness looked a bit suspicious, but I have to admit he was driving under very hard circumstances. Being a Ferrari fan for many years, I would have preferred to have seen them won the championship. Well, there is always next year. Whatever I think of Lewis Hamilton, he really is an excellent driver.

By the way, there is an interesting interview with Glock posted to this website:

Brazilian GP: in the Glock