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Friday, October 26. 2012
I wrote a review on the beta version here. It's morphed into an operating system designed for tablet computers, but as I note in the review:
So even the things that make it handy and tablet-y are semi-worthless. And while the Desktop is still available for 'normal' computer work, it's missing a few things. Otherwise, it's just Windows 7 right down to the exit sound.
My guess is that the New Wave crowd — those who just gotta have the latest trinket, like a tablet computer — will rave about it, but otherwise I think it'll be something of a flop. Regular (also known as 'normal') computer users will just stare at the opening screen...
...and wonder why the hell they should want to check the weather (when a glance out the window should suffice) or their vast stock portfolio (that's your stock broker's job) when all they want to do is get their damn email and hang out on the web for a while.
If you have, or are thinking of buying, a tablet computer, by all means read some reviews and buy the best tablet software. If you're just a regular ol' slob like me using one of them archaic desktop computers, forget you just wasted two minutes reading this post. Sorry. Blame Microsoft.
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You know, I gotta agree with you. I dislike tablets and find then awkward to hold and use. I like the keyboard and touchpad of a laptop. I don't use any "apps" and I don't like stuff on my screen messing up the pretty picture I put there. I always select programs from the startbar not by clicking on icons. Sitting in my easy chair my hands naturally go to where my keyboard is but if I had to keep reaching up to the screen it would be less ergonomic. I do need to update (buy a new) my laptop so I will probably get Windows 8. So my question is can you change the defaults so it comes up without all the stuff on the screen and open Windows explorer?
From my own experience and the couple of articles I read, it doesn't appear you can have it open like usual with the Desktop. So you'd first have to touch/click on the 'Desktop' icon, then do your usual Windows stuff. No big deal, but annoying for no apparent reason.
Been at it since MSDOS 2.x . Even back then, MS would lay a big egg with every 2d or 3d new version. Remember MSDOS 4.x?, ME?, Vista? At least they're consistent.
I had a spare computer so I downloaded the review version of windows 8. I'm underwhelmed. I'm staying with windows 7 just like I stayed with XP after trying Vista.
which is idiotic as Vista was rock stable, far more so than (and far more capable) than XP ever was.
In fact I can still distinctly remember all the naysayers screaming they'd stick with Windows 98 because XP was so bad, the exact same people who a few years later screamed they'd stick with XP because Vista's so bad, then that they'd stick with Vista because Win7 is so bad, etc. etc.
And yes, those were usually the very same people.
With very few hickups, each version of Windows has been a marked improvement on the previous (WinME excluded) but also required significantly higher hardware resources to achieve that (Win7 broke that pattern, and seems Win8 does it again).
While I don't like the user interface of Win8 I don't doubt it'll soon become the standard you'll get when buying a new PC and other versions won't be on offer, so you'd best get used to it (and no, I'm not taking the pirates into account, they should all be hanged until dead, literally).
Windows 95 was really the downfall of Microsoft. That operating system required the use of a mouse. It was cumbersome, clunky and compared to the elegance of DOS bat files, was just awful. Thank goodness, after 20 years, Microsoft is getting away from that huge faux paw.
I just bought a new desktop with Windows 7, after years of XP. I am NOT going to throw Windows 7 out the door after using it a few months. I got by fine without Vista. Ditto for Widows 8.
I prefer desktops because I find smaller keyboards to be a pain. I have no problem with a desktop's lack of mobility. While Windows 8 might be more convenient for a laptop or a tablet, I don't use them, and have no intention of doing so. Call me a troglodyte if you like.
I have Win8 Beta now. A while back I was going to uninstall it, until I found out that you can't, you can only re-install win7.
My kid likes it because she wasn't able to use some animating programs freely in win7 that she can in win8. Not sure what they are, but she's fine with it.
Everything runs the same in win8 as it did in win7. I will say this, get rid of the desktop.It seems strangely redundant to have a start menu and a desktop.
One more thing. Computer has been really stable. I have an HP Touch Smart PC, and no crashes since I got it. It also starts much more quickly with win8. I'm going to go ahead and purchase the program for 40 bucks.
My wife bought me an iPad for Xmas a few years ago. It's pretty much useless, even though I've loaded it up with apps and added a keyboard.
Tablets most remind me of the first IBM PCs running DOS 1.0. Flat file systems, no input or output other than 5 1/4 floppies, etc. They all are a huge step backwards in computing.
If it weren't a gift from my wife, I would have gotten rid of the iPad long ago.
On the other hand, my wife's 13 in Macpro laptop is great. NOT the MacAir, which is lousy.
Well, the King of Square Monitors doesn't like Win8! Am shocked!
Protip: On the start menu, type. Want some weather? Type "weather". Either an app for that will pop up, or you can click on the marketplace category on the right and find a weather app.
And, once you stick it on the start screen, YOU'LL HAVE A LIVE TILE WITH THE CURRENT WEATHER ON IT! You won't even have to LOOK for it.
If he makes it, I'm sure (in ten years when we've all moved to compact, touch, voice and even gesture optimized computers and interfaces) Captain Square Screen will be searching high and low for a computer in a box.
Back in MY DAY our computers CAME IN BIG SQUARE BOXES and they made LOTS OF NOISE and CRASHED.
AND WE LIKED IT!
Pardon me, but rather than "square" to describe my preference in monitors, I believe the correct term is "non-elongated". Just to be technical. We were here first.
I mentioned in the post that it had easy access to the weather, but when I look at the weather, most of the time I want the radar map so I can see what that big dark thing on the horizon is. If all I wanted was the current temp, I could place that on my Desktop.
"and they made LOTS OF NOISE and CRASHED."
Yes, but they had one thing today's computers are missing.
They had character. :)