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(C|Net)   Microsoft blazes trail to next PC. And by trail, we mean the Trail of Tears. And by blaze, we mean literally on fire, with people running and screaming, chased by brightly colored non resizable tiles   (reviews.cnet.com) divider line 15
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2013-01-20 11:18:42 AM
3 votes:
I'm looking for Microsoft to provide some REAL innovation, like hiding the entire file name instead of just the extension.
2013-01-20 10:51:45 AM
2 votes:
img252.imageshack.us

/Also obligatory.
2013-01-20 10:12:00 AM
2 votes:
Nothin' screams MODERN like a VGA port sticking out the side.
2013-01-20 07:25:02 PM
1 votes:

farkeruk: Tablets are toys. OK, there's that guy that writes javascript on his, and I've seen a guy on a train preparing a presentation (painfully) on his iPad, but tablets are mostly toys.


You obviously haven't been paying attention to what's been going on with tablets, have you? Scroll up and you'll see a couple of examples that I posted of hybrids that have recently been released. They're full fledged laptops that can be folded up to be a tablet.

I'll even bet that in a year or two, desk top monitors will be detachable from a dock so you can use them as a tablet.
2013-01-20 05:34:44 PM
1 votes:
I've never owned a laptop that was designed so badly it required a kickstand, and I never will.
2013-01-20 04:03:39 PM
1 votes:

Rent Party: I love my farking Surface. You can have it when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

Surface in real life, just two days ago.

Me: End of day, playing solitare. Up walks Highly Respected Coworker.

HRC: What's happenin'

Me: Nothing much. Hey, you have a minute, I want to walk you through a business plan I'm cooking up.

HRC: Sure.

Me: Flips to PowerPoint, opens presentation stored on DropBox, walks through presentation.

HRC: That's a good idea, where did your revenue and cost figures come from?

Me: Flips to Excel, opens up financing spreadsheets also on DropBox, walks HRC through the numbers.

HRC: That makes sense, give me a call next week and we can do some more work ont it.

Me: No problems. Thanks for the ear. Goes back to playing solitaire.

I like the Surface because I can Angry Bird as much as I want, and still do real work.


Wow you store sensitive company data on Dropbox. That has stupid written all over it. I'm sure both your IT department and IT Security would love to hear their stuff is being stored on a server they have no control over.
2013-01-20 03:54:30 PM
1 votes:
As soon as you take away a consumer's ability to build their own device from component parts, you take away their power. You take away their bargaining position, their ability to comparison shop. You take away their ability to haggle price, to get the most for their money. You force them to choose one of two solutions: Microsoft or Apple.

There is a reason Apple and other companies want to sell you hardware that is proprietary, closed, and all hardwired onto one board. That way they can overprice it and you can't do anything about it. You can't just yank out the malfunctioning memory stick and replace it with another, a cost of only $30. If it's under warranty, you can get a limited warranty refurb, sure. If it's not under warranty, you'll be paying several hundred dollars for a new one though. That's in their interest, not yours.

That's why Apple pays so much attention to case design. Because they know a consumer will choose against their own interest if the thing is shiny and smooth and curvy enough. They'll pay out the nose for it, and they'll ask for more.

That's why I'll post this message every time some "tech writer" writes one of these stupid articles.
2013-01-20 12:55:28 PM
1 votes:
Woohoo, it's today's W8 hate thread!

Good job, Internet. You never disappoint.
2013-01-20 12:44:36 PM
1 votes:

FormlessOne: meatofmystery: LasersHurt: Again, you are not forced to use Metro, or trapped in it in any way. I spend 99.9% of my time on the desktop in Windows 8.

Can't interrupt the latest Fark tech circle jerk with facts,or anything.

Yep. I'm baffled by some of the bizarre statements apparently made by folks who haven't used Windows 8, but it's FARK - the Geek tab is getting almost as bad as the Politics tab.


I hear Obama is going to force people to use Metro applications to pay their new gun taxes
2013-01-20 12:27:30 PM
1 votes:

LasersHurt: Again, you are not forced to use Metro, or trapped in it in any way. I spend 99.9% of my time on the desktop in Windows 8.


Can't interrupt the latest Fark tech circle jerk with facts,or anything.
2013-01-20 11:15:43 AM
1 votes:

LasersHurt: . I have an entire monitor devoted to assorted small windows.


security guard, huh?
2013-01-20 11:10:25 AM
1 votes:

LasersHurt: Flint Ironstag: Ahh, I see. Can you have a Metro app taking up half of one of your monitors? Since I can't I assumed that when W8 runs two screens it treats it as one desktop and all Metro apps are by default running on half the screen, so making them half a monitor would be a quarter of the screen, if that makes sense. I've never managed to do that so I assume it can't.

Metro goes full-monitor on whatever monitor you've got it set on. When you snap an app, it takes about 20% - whatever else is on that monitor, be it desktop or metro, fills that space. There is no way to make it use more than 20%, which is a shame - I'd like to be able to snap several apps, in 20% increments. 40-40-20 with 3 apps, for example, would be nice.

WhippingBoy: East Avenue Arse: LasersHurt: Again, you are not forced to use Metro, or trapped in it in any way. I spend 99.9% of my time on the desktop in Windows 8.

You have said that before, but it is not entirely true. I was hanging out with a friend last night and he was Skyping his gf. He had to leave the Desktop UI to go to the Metro UI to get back to the Skype program. Could he have done it another way? Maybe, but it sure looked like he was trapped into using the Metro UI.

He could have installed the desktop (regular) version of Skype. It sounds like he had the Skype app installed instead.

Correct. Metro skype is a pain in the ass. Install desktop.


"40-40-20 with 3 apps, for example, would be nice."

You know what would be really nice? Some kind of "window" that could be resized to whatever percent I wanted, both horizontally and vertically. Maybe one day, we will have that technology.

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2013-01-20 10:55:49 AM
1 votes:

East Avenue Arse: LasersHurt: Again, you are not forced to use Metro, or trapped in it in any way. I spend 99.9% of my time on the desktop in Windows 8.

You have said that before, but it is not entirely true. I was hanging out with a friend last night and he was Skyping his gf. He had to leave the Desktop UI to go to the Metro UI to get back to the Skype program. Could he have done it another way? Maybe, but it sure looked like he was trapped into using the Metro UI.


He could have installed the desktop (regular) version of Skype. It sounds like he had the Skype app installed instead.
2013-01-20 10:04:03 AM
1 votes:

Flint Ironstag: Marine1: Actually, the Metro interface has some real advantages I'm discovering as a developer. Not sure what Subby's all on about.

Such as? Not snarking, curious. I love W8 but use Classic Shell to minimise using Metro as much as possible.


Well, if you program like me, you spend a lot of time switching back and forth between your IDE and looking at websites with documentation. What if that documentation were put into app form? Then you can dock it to the side and have an unobtrusive way to look at the information without losing your place in your code or breaking your train of thought switching between windows.

I'm trying to more or less accomplish this by making a guide on the C Standard Library. I need to develop a better understanding of the subject matter before releasing the app for certification, though.
2013-01-20 09:35:56 AM
1 votes:
Again, you are not forced to use Metro, or trapped in it in any way. I spend 99.9% of my time on the desktop in Windows 8.
 
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