Dan in Philly writes:Unless they have a reason to do so. Such as having their writings included in
>As I mentioned in the first post, once people get an upgrade, they almost
>save files in an earlier version.
a book compiled by a person who doesn't have Word 2000. Isn't this just a
matter of comparing elasticities of demand (i.e. pretty standard economic
> Perhaps they're angry that others haven'tI have to confess little insight into the psychology of the academic. But why
>forked out several hundred dollars as well. Perhaps they hate the
>may be lost" message and insist that others see their little animated
>doohickeys on a document, to confirm their creative genius.
is that Microsoft's fault?
>Also, since I use WordPerfect 7.1, I'm quite experienced with convertingAgain, why is that Microsoft's fault? You're complaining about WordPerfect
>between new Word, old Word, and WordPerfect. And it doesn't work well.
>tab settings appear for no reason; "section break" lines abound; unusual
>characters (like the british pound) change.
No one is forcing you to do anything. You have concluded that costs are
>I still maintain there is a negative externality: if 99% of computer users
outweighed by the benefits, so you upgrade.
It seems to me that you are on pretty thin ice with your concept of
What improvement in ANY technology would not be a negative externality under
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