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5388 clicks; posted to Geek » on 07 Dec 2012 at 12:00 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-12-07 12:45:19 AM  
3 votes:
I can't use the Metro interface because I need more than one app opened at a time. I can't use Desktop mode because I have around 60 apps installed and some I don't use often enough to know the name of in order to search for them.

An OS is like a road, it just facilitates cars driving on it. People don't use the road, they use their cars. People don't use computers for the OS, they use them for the apps. As long as the road is drivable, nobody should care about the road. As long as the OS is functional, nobody should care about the OS. Every now and then the road gets paved, but after the paving, it's back to being forgotten about. Every now and then the OS gets updated, and it should go back to being forgotten about. When your road gets paved, you shouldn't have to relearn how to drive on it, just like when your OS gets updated, you shouldn't have to relearn how to use it.

Sure, maybe they added a bike lane so the first two times you take that road it's a surprise, but nothing major. With Windows 8, Microsoft not only changed the color of the stripes, they changed what the stripes mean, which side of the road you drive on, all the colors of the traffic lights, and they randomly make you load your car onto a train and then ride in the caboose for a few miles, before letting you and your car back onto the road.
2012-12-07 12:07:55 AM  
2 votes:
I hate Windows 8. I've never used it myself, but I've read enough online reviews to know I should hate it.
2012-12-07 01:05:17 PM  
1 vote:
Alexei Novikov:
The incredibly crappy old Toshiba laptop I'm on has a 2.0 GHz dual core, 3GB of RAM, and a sad 5,400 RPM hard drive, and it still boots, from power button to desktop, in 14-15 sec.

People on the internet make me laugh. If your laptop has dual core and multiple GB of RAM, it's not "incredibly crappy [and] old". It's a few years old and still works fine from the sounds of it.

If you're still adding the SET BLASTER= line into your autoexec.bat file by hand, then maybe we can talk "incredibly" old ;)
2012-12-07 09:15:35 AM  
1 vote:
Windows 8 isn't that bad.

C'mon guys, if you want to show how cool and edgy you are, you're supposed to be hating on Apple now.
2012-12-07 08:36:36 AM  
1 vote:
Since you can only display only display one screen at a time, should't it be called "Window 8"?
2012-12-07 06:44:41 AM  
1 vote:

Skyfrog: ISO15693: Flying Code Monkey: . People who don't get that the Start Screen is just the Start Button exploded from a corner to a screen ... don't get stuff.

I think that's the best way to put it.

Some people have built their own sense of identity on not liking new things. Change hurts them personally.

I'm still waiting to hear why I would want the start menu "exploded" over the entire screen, covering up everything while replacing my nice tidy list of shortcuts with giant tiles and advertisements. Stupidest thing they've done in a long time.

You don't get it man, it's metro. It's new and cool and you should like it or you're an old dinosaur that doesn't get it and can't adapt.

You probably don't even tweet updates to your friends when your dropping a load do you?

Join the rest of us in the 21st century mate, sheesh.
2012-12-07 05:44:29 AM  
1 vote:
Because if you don't constantly fark with how your product looks and behaves then how can you justify selling someone something they already have?
2012-12-07 02:15:48 AM  
1 vote:
I went to a Windows 8 marketing event where they had dozens of different laptops you could play with. But since they hadn't labeled which laptops had touchscreens and which didn't, they all had fingerprints all over the screens.
2012-12-07 01:06:42 AM  
1 vote:
MS does a good job of giving IT departments a break, by making alternating "useful" and "immensely broken" OS upgrades. XP was a "gotta have it", vista was grounds for termination. Windows 7, we jumped right on. Windows 8, will never see daylight in most shops.
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