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The red pill and its opposite, the blue pill, are pop culture symbols representing the choice between the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue) and embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (red).

Wikipedia about The Matrix movie

I have to decide whether to upgrade to Office 2013. If I want my life to be easy I should just take the blue pill and do what Microsoft tells me to do; pay them a monthly check and live a comfortable Microsoft cloud.

But no, I will take the red pill and read “Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Office 365: Is either right for you?” for pricing information and investigate possible alternatives.

You might think that you have a choice and that taking the red pill will open up new possibilities; Mint instead of Windows 8, LibreOffice Calc instead of Microsoft Excel. But Linux bricks Samsung laptops, Google Chromebooks don’t work well off-line and Calc does not have VBA macros (actually this might be good thing!).

The cost of a blue pill? about £ 100 per year. It would cost me a lot more just to learn to use Calc. As I often say in business “it’s not the principle of the thing, it’s the money” and in this case ignorance is cheaper than knowledge.