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(The Register)   Windows 8 is now so unpopular with PC users that it's actually dragging down the value of new computers by $100   ( divider line
    More: Fail, PC users, Windows, Best Buy, the Reg, Microsoft Tablet PC, computers, touch screens  
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2013-02-25 04:24:44 PM  
3 votes:
Goodbye, Mac.  I'm off to get Fisher-Price icons tattooed all over me.
2013-02-25 02:57:01 PM  
3 votes:
They'll have to pry it into my cold dead hands.
2013-02-25 05:27:52 PM  
2 votes:
Seriously?  Nobody has posted this yet?
2013-02-25 03:00:50 PM  
2 votes:

Suck it, Ballmer. You'll have to try Windows 3.1 from my cold, dead, hands.

/Trumpet Winsock FTW
2013-02-26 11:13:08 PM  
1 vote:

Hawnkee: Hmmm...still no complaints here:

[ image 471x241]

That's because nobody can figure out how to use VI to write a complaint, let alone e-mail it to someone.
2013-02-25 05:34:08 PM  
1 vote:
2013-02-25 04:22:03 PM  
1 vote:

red5ish: One of the things that hasn't been mentioned enough is how execrably ugly this is:
[ image 606x341]
And it doesn't look better on a 20" high resolution screen. Aesthetics are a part of the user experience and Microsoft has released the ugliest looking product I've seen in a long, long time.

It's also clear at a glance what each item on that menu is, making it faster. I'm sorry it doesn't have curved edges and gradients.

To make my point, below is a very shiny pretty icon. Which gives you no farking clue at all what it is or does.

If you don't know what that icon is, you'll never guess its purpose.
2013-02-25 04:15:31 PM  
1 vote:

And this right here is why as a gamer I will never use Windows 8.  I mean I guess I'm in the minority here who doesn't want their solo effort taking down Crawmerax to be interrupted by the Charms Bar helpfully popping up and stealing focus.

I game fine, but I do run in full screen mode, which pre-empts this.  If you run windows or borderless windowed, then maybe you have a problem there.  I'll grant that could be an issue.

MightyPez: ColdFusion: What's so bad about it?  I mean, specifically.  All I hear is "It is bad" or "It's for tablets/touchscreens" (without specifying why single-clicking an icon is more laborious than double-clicking an icon).

This covers the complaints quite nicely

Reading it now, but I'm already finding stuff that is just not true.

It claims it uses double the memory, but my memory usage has decreased since I switched.  Benchmarking generally shows an (albeit modest) improvement to performance within the Win8 environment.  Complaints about not knowing which "environment" to use?  The Start Screen is only an "environment" for single-purpose apps; it's like "Big Picture" mode for Steam.  Otherwise, it's a full-screen start menu that is easier to customize visually.

As for claims that it can't run more than one window?  I'm running 5 windows right now (Steam, Steam Message, Control Panel, File Explorer and Chrome), with no problem.  Oh, he means within the start screen?  I wasn't aware that it was designed for multitasking; that's what the desktop is for.

The guy complains that it's hard to know where to click to make it do something, by showing a picture of several icons.  Why doesn't he try clicking on the little pictures?  The people in idiocracy knew how to do that shiat:

The gripes about the "low information density" of Start Screen apps?  Perfectly valid, especially about 5 months ago when there were a lot fewer apps by only a few sources.  Now, if you want higher information density, there's a wide variety of apps from all over the place.  And you can still use the damn desktop.

Live tiles complaint?  If you have trouble figuring out which apps are which (guessing maybe you forgot how you arranged them that way and why), you can right click and disable the live tile function.  The Charms bar?  Yeah, fairly useless for the most part.  Would've worked better with a standard set of tiles you can choose to use or not use on your screen.

That article seems to assume that you use the Start Screen for almost everything on the planet, ignoring that they give you a big "Desktop" tile on the Start Screen for a reason.  Start Screen is a big start menu that can run single-purpose apps.  I'm pretty sure they didn't design it for everyone to live in it.  The single-purpose apps are good for a quick morning briefing before work, not for doing all your work on 'em.
2013-02-25 03:30:39 PM  
1 vote:

xria: Yeah, install Shell Classic or whatever, and applications to take over the various inbuilt Modern UI (like a pdf viewer, etc.), and you forget you have even changed - been using it for a few months for work and haven't had any issues once I took the plunge and installed a third party mod to de-Metro it.

Windows 8 isn't crap because you used a third-party program to decrapify it.

Microsoft doesn't seem to understand that the OS isn't the important part of computers - it's the programs the OS runs.  It's the difference between a plate and the food you eat off of it.  Windows 8 is the equivalent of taking peoples forks away and telling them they'll have so much of a better experience using chopsticks.

Your solution is to go buy plastic utensils at the grocery store.
2013-02-25 11:35:22 AM  
1 vote:
I'm a Mac guy in my private life since the mid-80s, but have had to use Windows for work since the 3.1 days. My in-laws bought me a Dell laptop with Win 7 a couple of years ago. Microsoft ran a deal back in January to get Win 8 for $40, so I upgraded, installed Pokki to replace the Start menu and avoid Metro ... and I think it's the best experience I've ever had with Windows. And it runs much faster than it ever did with Win 7 - it's like a brand-new machine.

Other than the dislike for Metro, which is understandable, I don't get all the hate.
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