As far as word processors are concerned (and I guess I'm exposing just how much of a coot I am), I started off with a pencil and eraser, then I had a Triumph typewriter that took me through all the tries at college, including the successful one.
My first electronic word processor was a Wang, which used those 8" floppy disks, and compared to today's equipment was pretty bad, but the daisy wheel printer made nice documents. When I tried to make an index with two columns, that was simply an exercise in killing time.
When PCs started showing up, I bought WordStar, which was pretty easy to use, and continued with several versions through WordStar for Windows. The company I worked at used Word Perfect, which I found unusable, so I did all my work in WordStar (these were the DOS days). They picked up MS Word when they graduated to Windows and their own network. I find Word to be pretty useful, and if you don't like the paperclip, you can turn it off, or make it into something more tolerable. I kind of like having a genius helping me with my writing, although he does ask some of the dumbest questions (Do you know the difference between "its" and "it's?) that it never seems to tire of.
--I know what I like--