"Microsoft may have patents and/or patent applications that are necessary for you to license in order to make, sell, or distribute software programs that read or write files that comply with the Microsoft specifications for the Office Schemas."
That one question will determine if there is cause for celebration.
Easy - text comprehension. If only Google or MS could get ahold of a small team of researchers working somewhere in the midwest with over 40 years of combined experience with a prototype launch date aimed for a specific date this summer <cough>
That's a really good point. It is a good philisophical observation about the way people work when they're abstracted away from semantics, and I think we're seeing now what was originally intended; save your time to worry about the bigger issues.
Now that we have this luxury I would ask, what should the bigger issues look like?
My friend's dad used to come over and teach me how to manage my config.sys when I was 10, back when we were trying to free up our conventional memory so I could load the Doom1 demo. That was before memmaker.
You used to have do a softboot and keep your resident memory, then upon the next boot, you would have the resources to make the game work
Also, the Nintendo Game Genie kept me fascinated with creating my own game-codes and figuring out what variables were.
I'de say videogames were 99.9% of the motivation for learning. I learned alot more then what I originally intended, and luckily it's been the ride of a lifetime.