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2013-01-14 09:22:16 AM  
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8 pages? Really? It takes 8 pages to list 13 things that MS didn't do well? Jeez I'm glad the author didn't go with 25 or 100 things.
2013-01-14 06:27:27 PM  
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bighairyguy: I got a new laptop Saturday and I've been doing battle with Windows 8 since then.  The Tiles screen is perfect for ADD people.


Hit PC Magazine's web site for some "intro to Windows 8" articles and they'll really help you out.

I'm testing Windows 8 for my company and after learning a few things about it I kinda like it. Metro isn't a bad interface. Better suited to tablets but still, how many apps do you frequently run? I ditched almost all of the tiles and only have tiles for things i use at least once a week. Things like Office dump a shiat ton of tiles on the screen when you install them but it doesn't take more than a few minutes to clean it up. I also tend to turn off all of the 'ooh ahh' crap I can because I'd rather have performance than visual 'ooh, ahh'

I really don't see a big difference between 7 and 8.
2013-01-14 01:57:28 PM  
1 votes:
#12: The registry
2013-01-14 01:01:59 PM  
1 votes:
lucksi: You know your company has problems when Vista and ME are not even listed...

You know how I can tell you DRTFA?
2013-01-14 12:54:10 PM  
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RoxtarRyan: Lsherm: I upgraded to 8 from 7 two weeks ago, and I'm doing a clean install of 8 right now. Here's my overriding suggestion: DON'T DO AN UPGRADE.

Well, for $40, you get a full Win8 Pro key (still available till the end of Jan). Doing an upgrade might be the only option a lot of people have, since the full install key might be a tad more expensive.

So, what I did was a fresh install of 7, then went to 8. No problems noted.


I don't care what OS it is clean install is greater than upgrade.
2013-01-14 12:41:48 PM  
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Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Oakenshield: That's a lot of prose detailing what could be summarized with: Consumers.

Are you implying that MS is fine, it's consumers that are the problem?


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Am I so out of touch? No, it's the children who are wrong.
2013-01-14 11:59:18 AM  
1 votes:
That was painful to read. Not because of sympathy for Microsoft, but because it was so badly written.
2013-01-14 11:35:45 AM  
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doczoidberg: Desquamation: To get to the normal looking desktop, you click on the desktop tile. Not sure why that's an issue.
I figured that out after a minute or two.

What I'm REALLY dreading is the day when even doing THAT is no longer an option.  Eventually, Microsoft will double down on the whole Tiles thing, and force us to use them all of the time.

I dunno; the tiles make me feel like I have no control over the files I store on my machine. I like to create folders, cut and paste...move stuff around...look at a file's properties...and I feel like you can't really do that on a mobile device, or Metro.


Holy shiat you're being a drama queen.. You can do the same exact shiat on Windows 8 as you could on Windows 7, Vista, and XP and more efficiently.
2013-01-14 11:26:42 AM  
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styckx: doczoidberg: I haven't heard of a single person who got Windows 8 and actually like the Metro tiles thing.


I like it and use it daily as do many others.. I actually uninstalled Start 8 and just use the start screen now. It's quite convenient at organizing your apps instead of pinning 900 things to the taskbar or digging through the start menu which was farking awful to open and quickly find what you needed.


Wow, you find it hard to type in a simple phrase in the start menu's search box?

The problem with Metro is it removes the explicit nature of the Windows GUI in favor of a ton of keyboard commands and gestures. It's a step backward removing visual cues on a desktop interface, too.

Basically, 30 years of UI research in the toilet to acclimatize desktop users to your mobile UI.... which is different for very specific and good reasons from a desktop interface.

There was never a need to unify the UI. Desktops, Game console, Tabletop/surface/tablet and Phone UIs all have their own patterns of use, and should always be different. Desktops and Game consoles rarely have touchscreens, which work better with gestures and have more screen real estate, which means it's good to have visual cues (like buttons and title bars); tablets and phones will always have touchscreens and limited screen real estate, so we use gestures and hide visual cues. Phones tend to be used with thumbs... which puts a different emphasis on how the gestures work over tablet (or "surface") devices that tend toward fingertips.

Game consoles work through gamepads (and with Kinect, through voice and whole-body gestures).

Desktops and laptops have pointing devices (which are TERRIBLE at gestures) and keyboards. Desktops have lots of screen real estate (laptops not so much, but far better than other mobile devices)

I'm not even delving into industrial controls, which have a whole other set and range of requirements for the UI, depending on many factors).

In summary, Windows 8 defies conventional wisdom, and does it for the sole purpose of promoting Microsoft's mobile device agenda, which is NOT a worthwhile reason. Users may get used to it, but that doesn't mean they'll ever be as productive as they would be with a traditional Desktop UI. In the end, a user that is enamored with Metro is more likely just experiencing the "new car smell" effect.
2013-01-14 10:56:56 AM  
1 votes:
As a geek with a long memory, I'm glad that they included DOS 4.
2013-01-14 10:54:02 AM  
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doczoidberg: I haven't heard of a single person who got Windows 8 and actually like the Metro tiles thing.


I like it and use it daily as do many others.. I actually uninstalled Start 8 and just use the start screen now. It's quite convenient at organizing your apps instead of pinning 900 things to the taskbar or digging through the start menu which was farking awful to open and quickly find what you needed.
2013-01-14 10:50:48 AM  
1 votes:
so i see you are trying to make a list...

cache.ohinternet.com
2013-01-14 10:33:31 AM  
1 votes:
funny, none of those things ever bothered me

/win 8 tablet pc
//no cure for sh*tty slide shows
2013-01-14 10:26:02 AM  
1 votes:
1. Hiring Steve Ballmer.
2013-01-14 10:02:25 AM  
1 votes:
Microsoft misstep No. 13: DOS 4.0
Microsoft misstep No. 12: The evil cuties Bob, Clippy, and Rover
Microsoft misstep No. 11: Zune, Kin, Courier, Windows Mobile, and missing the consumer mobile boat
Microsoft misstep No. 10: Bad Windows: Do they run in cycles?
Microsoft misstep No. 9: Windows Ultimate
Microsoft misstep No. 8: Windows Genuine Advantage
Microsoft misstep No. 7. Branding
Microsoft misstep No. 6. Windows Live
Microsoft misstep No. 5: Windows 8
Microsoft misstep No. 4: Windows 8 branding
Microsoft misstep No. 3: Missed opportunities in the cloud
Microsoft misstep No. 2: Management musical chairs
Microsoft misstep No. 1: Internet Explorer 6
 
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