Showing posts with label microsoft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label microsoft. Show all posts

03 February 2014

548. A lot has been happening with Kingsoft WPS

Seems like they have been making progress.

I wrote my original post about wps (also see this post) for version, and on this site they are currently at -- Alpha 12, patch 3. Judging from all the bugs that have been fixed it seems that the devs have been quite busy. The short interval between different alpha version also indicates that the development is very active. Good stuff.

Basically, WPS is the only reasonable (subjective) solution for reading .docx files on linux that I've encountered.

Either way,if you have a previous version of wps installed, remove it
sudo apt-get autoremove wps-office:i386

Then get on with it:
mkdir ~/tmp
cd ~/tmp
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update
sudo dpkg -i kingsoft-office_9.1.0.4244~a12p3_i386.deb
sudo apt-get install -f

Missing fonts. Clicking on the link takes you indirectly to, which is in Chinese.

To sort out the fonts issue above you can join as shown in this post, then download the file from this post. Install the fonts by doing
cp ~/Downloads/ ~/.fonts
cd ~/.fonts

And start WPS. The 'symbol' issue should be solved. Either way, the look of WPS has been updated, and now it can handle my test file which even MS offerings are struggling with:
See here for a post where I compare different office suites using that file (older post):

To sort out mime types/file associations do
sudo update-desktop-database /usr/local/share/applications/
sudo update-mime-database /usr/share/mime/

19 June 2013

457. Very Briefly: Microsoft has a Tor exit node?

Whenever I play around with Tor I use or to make sure that I'm indeed using a proxy. I also normally do a whois on the IP address, so see who's running the exit node.

Today I ended up with the IP address

NetRange: - CIDR:, OriginAS: NetName: MSFT-EP NetHandle: NET-168-61-0-0-1 Parent: NET-168-0-0-0-0 NetType: Direct Assignment RegDate: 2011-06-22 Updated: 2012-10-16 Ref: OrgName: Microsoft Corp OrgId: MSFT-Z Address: One Microsoft Way City: Redmond StateProv: WA PostalCode: 98052 Country: US RegDate: 2011-06-22 Updated: 2013-04-12 Ref: OrgTechHandle: MSFTP-ARIN OrgTechName: MSFT-POC OrgTechPhone: +1-425-882-8080 OrgTechEmail: OrgTechRef: OrgAbuseHandle: HOTMA-ARIN OrgAbuseName: Hotmail Abuse OrgAbusePhone: +1-425-882-8080 OrgAbuseEmail: OrgAbuseRef: OrgAbuseHandle: MSNAB-ARIN OrgAbuseName: MSN ABUSE OrgAbusePhone: +1-425-882-8080 OrgAbuseEmail: OrgAbuseRef: OrgNOCHandle: ZM23-ARIN OrgNOCName: Microsoft Corporation OrgNOCPhone: +1-425-882-8080 OrgNOCEmail: OrgNOCRef: OrgAbuseHandle: ABUSE231-ARIN OrgAbuseName: Abuse OrgAbusePhone: +1-425-882-8080 OrgAbuseEmail: OrgAbuseRef:
That Microsoft is listed as the organisation doesn't necessarily mean that they are running the node (could be a hosting company) but it still seems that this might actually be MS running this one. Maybe it's just for research purposes, but it still seemed a bit surprising.

Microsoft as a company isn't exactly known for doing things out of the goodness of their hearts. Oh well.