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Feb 12 2009   2:10PM GMT

Hey Microsoft, stop infiltrating my i

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

The Rational Developer for System i blog has this to say about the auto correct feature of Microsoft Office products:

I don’t know how many times a day I have to hit Ctrl+z to undo Word or PowerPoint’s “auto correction” of my i to an I (as in Rational Developer for I, Rational Team Concert for I, or IBM I). So I finally bit the bullet and removed those auto-correction rules since I don’t generally write about myself in Word or PowerPoint. Honestly, i have no idea why it took me so long

Conspiracy theorists would argue that it’s a Microsoft attempt to undermine the IBM System i platform. Grammarians would disagree. It is definitely an annoyance, as I can attest to when writing stories. I type System i, Word changes it to System I, I go back and change it to i. I have not yet shut off auto correct, but I think I will whenever I’m writing a System i story on the future. See, this is another problem with the System i. When you used to write AS400, it would never change that to I.

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  • BigKat
    maybe it should have been [I]iSystem[/I]
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  • ISerious
    As an aside, I congratulated IBM's marketing team on infiltrating the web with pages on the announcement of i. On the day of the public launch, there were 8.3 billion hits on google for i. Today, it's over 9bil. That's either a fantastic effort by the marketing team, or a really stupid name. I'll let the readers decide which.
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