[Taxacom] Re; Research Assistant ? Solanaceae DNA Taxonomy

David Wagner davidwagner at mac.com
Tue Apr 6 17:45:13 CDT 2010


Hear! Hear!

There's no need to keep Microsoft vulnerable to monopoly suits, and no  
need to submit to virtual monopoly.

David H. Wagner, Ph.D.
Northwest Botanical Institute
P.O. Box 30064
Eugene, OR 97403-1064

davidwagner at mac.com
541-344-3327

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On Apr 6, 2010, at 3:40 PM, Bob Mesibov wrote:

> Dear Edward,
>
> It is disappointing to see this:
>
> "It is advisable that candidates prepare their answers to the  
> questions in word document which can be transferred into the online  
> application form at www.nhm.ac.uk/jobs"
>
> if by 'word' you meant 'Microsoft Word'. The latter is a proprietary  
> program sold and licensed by Microsoft, and I am surprised to see  
> the NHM advising its use, when there are perfectly good cost-free  
> alternatives available with non-restrictive licences.
>
> It would be even more surprising if the online application form  
> advised attaching a Word document, rather than pasting ASCII text  
> into an online form, or attaching a document in a non-restrictive  
> format such as PDF or Open Document.
>
> I'm sure that NHM allows its staff to use non-Microsoft software,  
> and it would be good to see that liberality reflected in NHM's job  
> advertisements.
> -- 
> Dr Robert Mesibov
> Honorary Research Associate
> Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
> School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
> Home contact: PO Box 101, Penguin, Tasmania, Australia 7316
> (03) 64371195; 61 3 64371195
> Website: http://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/mesibov.html
>
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