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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    I'll summarise it for you: A bunch of people get killed, there's a bunch of sex, and some dragons.
    Spoiler alert!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    I do wonder how he gets on with his publishers: they can be extremely specific about the required formatting of submitted works...
    I expect the final file is provided to them in a format they can use, besides I'm sure he could give the next manuscript to his publishers on red strawberry scented paper written in comic sans and they would still take it and publish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeightonJames View Post
    I expect the final file is provided to them in a format they can use, besides I'm sure he could give the next manuscript to his publishers on red strawberry scented paper written in comic sans and they would still take it and publish it.
    Haha yeah you do have a lot more freedom when you're making money. I meant more the actual formatting, they can be very specific about line height, letter spacing, formatting symbols etc.

    Must be a nightmare in Wordstar! Then again, maybe he just submits as is and lets them deal with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    I do wonder how he gets on with his publishers: they can be extremely specific about the required formatting of submitted works...
    He has (? see below) an assistant; maybe part of their job is to retype it all - job that could probably be done automatically on a decent machine! Mind you, GRRM would probably insist on checking it. No wonder he takes so long! (Or he makes Harper Collins so much moolah that they forgive his eccentricities!)

    I did hear his assistant was now working on something else (advisor on a new GoT game?) so don't expect the next book in any sort of hurry.

    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    (PS. He's still a loon. Not a fan of his books at all!)
    Whilst I'll admit that the last 2 ASOIAF books have been lacking, they're the only two books of his that I've read and not thoroughly enjoyed - and I've read pretty much all of them except the collaborations/"edited by" collections.

    Had to do some work(!) so above 2 replies not there when I started typing.
    Last edited by LeMarchand; 15th May 2014 at 10:46 AM. Reason: Interrupted

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    He needs to move to wordpad on windows 7

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnykewell1 View Post
    He needs to move to wordpad on windows 7
    Too much hassle trying to get that yellow text on a blue background

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    He would use Windows, but every time he sees one he tries to push a character out of it ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberDrac View Post
    He would use Windows, but every time he sees one he tries to push a character out of it ...
    Hehehe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    What about something more modern like Vim with the XMonad WM in Linux?

    Yea, that is designed by nutbar academics for nutbar academics and so would probably be perfect.

    There is a basis as a modern os that can do anything allows you to goof off in seconds where as a dos wordstar box is far less easy.

    You would probably be able to write easier with less discipline required on such a system


    When I write I barely look at the screen, maybe once a sentence or so with the rest of the time stareing through the keyboard and visualising what I am writing about. To be fair I'm not an award winning author and my brain probably works very differently.

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    Please tell me he does not print it to an old dot matrix printer then make his lackey re-type it all onto Word?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    Please tell me he does not print it to an old dot matrix printer then make his lackey re-type it all onto Word?

    You can easily convert wordperfect age stuff into .doc with office 2003 and I'm sure later versions. It shouldn't be that bad really for raw/lightly formatted text.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    I'll summarise it for you: A bunch of people get killed, there's a bunch of sex incest, and some dragons.
    Fixed it! :P

    Haven't read or watched GOT but I know enough to know there's a cool dwarf and lots of 'family activities'. And Hodor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Nothing however is worse than the BBC's ruddy writing though.

    To quote from that very article

    "Disk operating system computers were popular in the 1980s and early 1990s."
    Yeah, that's right. Popular. "Operating System" computers are still, er, rather popular now....
    Disk Operating System computers, not "operating system computers". You missed out the word 'disk'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post


    Disk Operating System computers, not "operating system computers". You missed out the word 'disk'.
    Aren't all operating systems "disk operating systems" - among other essential low level tasks?

    Also, is it MS-DOS or MS-Disk Operating System? I know that's what the letters stand for and mean, but the products name is MS-DOS, no? So what the Beeb ment to write was "DOS computers were popular in the 1980s and early 1990s". Or at the very least capatalise the O and S in operating system to denote name rather than function?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Aren't all operating systems "disk operating systems" - among other essential low level tasks?

    Also, is it MS-DOS or MS-Disk Operating System? I know that's what the letters stand for and mean, but the products name is MS-DOS, no? So what the Beeb ment to write was "DOS computers were popular in the 1980s and early 1990s". Or at the very least capatalise the O and S in operating system to denote name rather than function?
    Nah, Disk Operating Systems were specifically about managing secondary storage. You could have an OS without a DOS when DOS was the popular way of doing things. OS's are far too advanced compared to then to refer to them as disk operating systems still now, as that handling of storage is merely a small part of a modern OS. That'd be my view anyway.



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