Last year I backed up all of my 5.25" and 3.5" disks (well, most of them. I think I was not able to read 6 or 7 of the 5.25" disks) and ran across one of my dissertation backups. I can't read it (the last version of Word that could convert from WS was the Win 95 version I believe) but it was interesting to see them.
Have you tried OpenOffice? Last time I used it it had a few of the more obscure formats that have since been dropped from Word
I can expand my results into my masters thesis which will probably be around 25-30 pages.
I have to say that this thread has opened my eyes about theses, I always thought they were long and complicated things but it turns out I've been writing thesis length stuff since my diploma much less before I started my degree.
Might do that doctorate after all...
I have to disagree with you on exams however. I would take prelims ten times over than write a dissertation! Somehow exams just seem so much more...straightforward.
Thats the one thing I've noticed over the years of education, it seems the passing & failing are as much a function of how well someone handles tests as they are a consequence of actual knowledge.
I still maintain that tests are a woefully substandard method of assessing knowledge and ability