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Reasons to move to WordPerfect and away from Microsoft Word.

I've been an enthusiastic user of WordPerfect for decades. I kept using the DOS character version much longer than I should have, but I could do everything I wanted, almost. Eventually I upgraded to the Windows version, and found that Corel had made the program work extremely well. It was consistent with the keystrokes I'd always used under DOS, but leveraged the tremendous additional graphical power of Windows. I had to learn next to nothing to keep working full blast, but of course I have learned a lot in the mean time.

Microsoft Word has always been awkward for me to use, to say the least. I struggle constantly to do the simplest things. Now they're forcing everybody to the 365 products, so Microsoft can save all of your work to the cloud to compete with Google Docs. I prefer to have my documents on my computer under my control. Rarely do I yearn to access a document while I'm on the road. The reason for this is I'm rarely on the road any more, compared to my life ten or twenty years ago. Now I sit in my office in my chair in front of my computer, and am a virtual worker on the systems I maintain. Why would I need to have my word processing documents in the cloud?

If Microsoft Word is the bane of your existence, or at least a constant irritant, download a 30-day free trial of WordPerfect and give it a whirl. I like the Professional Edition, which you can download here.

Read this article for a good summary of the things you can do. Hello WordPerfect, Goodbye Word!


Upgrading Bricked my FortiGate 60D


Note: The original problem that prompted the creation of this blog entry was when I attempted an upgrade to FortiOS firmware 5.4.1. I did read all available information prior to this upgrade, but nevertheless the upgrade bricked my unit. This situation has since been resolved, and the latest release notes (dated 6/22/2016 or later) have a special section that tells how to handle this upgrade for this specific unit. Read and follow that procedure and hopefully you won't need the following.

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The Occasional Pain of Upgrading Firmware

This describes some of the problems I encountered when upgrading from FortiOS 5.2.7 to 5.4. I have installed several point upgrades and patch releases to the FortiGate in the past few months, and frankly was a little to trusting about this. I had planned to install 5.4 on Friday evening, then go to dinner with my brother. I didn't anticipate any major problems, but I got them anyway. Fortunately this was with my in-house FortiGate 60-D so I wasn't faced with the prospect of having a client down while I sweated this out. I went to dinner anyway and resumed troubleshooting the next day, but because time was limited it was Sunday before I really had things rocking again.

What I Did Wrong

  • I did not read the docs before I installed this upgrade.
  • I didn't follow best practices.
  • I didn't take my own advice that I give my clients.