Are MS Office Ribbons bad usability and productivity?

I like Tabs, Toolbars and Menus but Ribbons I just don´t get used to ribbons. I have been using Office 2007 since beta and I like interface from the visual point of view but I think ribbons drops productivity since it gives me beautifully crafted interface where I cannot find stuff I want. Somehow I personally feel that on Office 2003 I was more focusing writing content when on 2007 I am formatting texts and spending time to finding out where is the function that was in in 2003 under Edit -menu….

The annoying thing about 2007 is that since Ribbons looks nice it kind of made me think that maybe I just have to get used to it and once I am familiar on it I will never want to remember older Office GUI. However, few days ago I was writing something on Office 2003 Word and I felt interface much more nicer than on Office 2007 Word and it has been now 2 years I have had 2007 on my computer. Ribbons simply aren´t  my cup of tea.

Office 2007 ribbon

Office 2007 ribbon

Also I am surprised about the lack of choice between “The Ribbon” and traditional menus in the new 2007 Office system. Like this guy I was planning to uninstall 2007 and reinstall 2003 but since I am not really using MS Office anymore (most of my documents are in Google Docs) I am keeping it and hoping someone at Microsoft gets rid of Ribbons on office 2009 it was nice try but doesn’t really work for me.

Maybe Ribbons are nice for new users who have no prior experience from Office platform but I would assume that power users and experienced users do like more minimalist interfaces. I would love to hear comment on this.

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Why cant it just tell which program?

This is so annoying in always in Windows.

Error Renaming File or Folder
Cannot rename Readme.txt: It is being used by another person or program.

Close any programs that might be using the file and try again.

Why cant it just tell which user or program is using this file?

Leopard bad as Vista?

I just read an article in PC Magazine site Leopard is the New Vista, and It’s Pissing Me Off ” by Oliver Rist. Funny how he is stating that Leopard can be bad as Vista. Has Vista come synonym for bad OS release? :)

I have to say, I haven’t used Vista yet for real. I have clicked around with it in others computers but I haven’t been comfortable to install it to my laptop yet. Party because only machine in my household that can run Vista in MacBook Pro (Tiger). My two PC laptops are “just” centiro duo’s so no Vista there. Anyway, I am still running happily XP and Tiger both work fine. In my other laptop I have the latest Ubuntu Linux which works like Rist says in the column: From the start, Vista crashed noticeably less than XP Pro with SP2; it just doesn’t work with 50 percent of new software

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View pages cached version extension for Firefox

Resurrect PagesI found great extension Resurrect Pages that allows you to view cached versions of pages when the site is down or other way unavailable.

Dead pages, broken links, the scourge of the internet. Powerhouse sites like Slashdot and Digg can bring a server to its knees. What do we do when a page is dead but we still want to see it? Call in the clerics, and perform a resurrection…
Searches through five big page cache/mirrors:
o CoralCDN
o Google Cache
o Yahoo! Cache
o The Internet Archive
o MSN Cache

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