I recall, in earlier incarnations of Windows, I used to use Net Vampire to help me download files, and I could usually resume downloading a file if
the connection wasn't great.
I've been trying to download Open Office onto my Windows 8.1 machine, and it seems to stop load with only part of the file. I've tried a second time, with no luck.
I have looked at what seems to be happening with Total Commander. The first time, I had a listing for the .exe file listed at a size of 0, and another file of the same name with an extension .part (so it seems to be, anyway). I've had downloads look like this, before, but the .part file would keep getting larger each time I checked, until it was full size. This seems not to continue to grow.
It finally came in, and I have installed it and opened it.
Abiword was giving me too much trouble. I repeatedly had problems with the program failing to open documents which supposedly had been saved.
I've used open office for years. It's very good.
The version I got yesterday has a wide beside-the-document features bar of some kind. It looks to have advantages over trying to make everything fit in the upper tool bar, which gets so very complicated when there is some icon for everything. I will explore more as I use it.
Open Office was last updated in April 2011, then sat untouched for years, and then they made a slight improvement in 2015 and again in 2016. On it's
own website it lists versions made, with only minor updates listed.
Any sensible person would use it's fork from that 2011 version, Libre Office which has been continuosly worked on every since and gets updated almost daily. But of course the nightly update is for those who like the very most recent version of anything and accepts that new features may have introduced a bug (true of all nightly builds, whatever the software) - currently with Libre Office the cuttting edge version is V6. The version recommended for general users is V5.4 - that's six major updates in seven years, with lots of minor ones.
Available here https://www.libreoffice.org/
Why are people still thinking Open Office ???
Also, I've never bothered with one of these "download" tools - just click on the download link on the software's own site and let it roll.
Same here, Dr John. But thinking about it, I think scholar is still using a 56k modem and if you can remember that far back, downloads, specially very large ones, were often interrupted. So the download things could help.
I'm with Dr, John on this. I have just recently migrated to Libre Office and have found this version to be almost as good as the M$ product. What
makes it better, is the cost! Some of the more esoteric features of word may not be implemented, but I doubt that they'll cause too many issues.
I have yet to find a suitable alternative to Access without a LOT of learning and re-coding.
Having used and learned to programme a proper database - Dataflex - i found access very limited and not a lot better than excel or even word
From what I read Dataflex is only a front end for the database. It can use many implementations like MySQL as a back end and, as such could easily be better than Access. Access is certainly better than a Spreadsheet and occupies that middle ground between a flat file database like your spreadsheet example and a truly enterprise server driven database. I started on dBase back in the 80s and then moved to Clipper and only picked up Access when I retired. There are limitations to Access that something like a SQL back end would negate. I shall migrate, when I have lots of free time......
MySQL was an integral part of it. But I was led to believe the programming was more akin to Pascal. But that was the very old early version. We
gave up on it when things moved away from DOS and towards windows. We looked at getting an up to date version but the programme had grown
exponentially in size and price. And it was all dressing up - All fur coat as they say. so the others in the office decided to go with Access.
I think we were on the ground floor with Dataflex 1.0 and maybe they wanted to use us as an example to others. The first one was very basic and came on two 8" floppy discs run on a CPM machine with no hard drive at all. Then we progressed to Dataflex 3 which was loaded on the hard drive of an IBM PC with a whole megabyte or two of hard disc space. And coulored menus and everything!
But then this was in the 80s. I should still have some of the books somewhere.
Its coming back to me a bit now. There were options to have Dataflex write queries for you but when you got the hang of it, it was easier and better to write the code yourself. Then you had to compile the programme which did all the checking for you. The end product was a menu driven query and report system similar to Access.
I have found that an Access table has a data limit of 2Gb, it won't tell you what's wrong, it took many hours of searching to determine the origin of the cryptic error message. that was over 10 years ago so can't recall what it was now. I was able to write a work around. There are several problems with Access, one being the price, but that is only relative, the next being lack of portability - you are effectively locked into Windoze, the last being the fact that any app you might develop cannot then be compiled into stand alone code. Oh, did I mention the 2Gb limit?
I never got over the demise of word star. Or data star and calc star comes to that. Took years to learn all those "dot" commands and then.....!
I went from a Text editor called Qedit, which I wrote thousands of lines of code on, with all sorts of "customisations" with keyboard shortcuts and
the like to M$Werd 2.0, I never did get into Wordstar even though many of the later innovations were based on that groundbreaking program.
Lotus 123 was my go-to for many years but I eventually migrated to Excel.
Now I have migrated to LibreOffice so am back into learning mode again.