Sunday, April 21
I bought a Windows 8 computer today - an HP Pavilion DM1-4306AU.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sunday, April 21 2013 10:54 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Kayle at Tuesday, April 23 2013 04:14 AM (M7tH0)
You can reorder things, make them appear or hide by default, and so on, and the hit box is MUCH larger than on the old menu. Plus, if you don't like it you can mostly ignore it by pinning shortcuts to the taskbar or desktop.
Posted by: RickC at Tuesday, April 23 2013 08:32 AM (WQ6Vb)
I have the same "meh" response to the OSX Dock, which has gotten progressively gaudier and less useful over the years. Long ago I bought a license for Overflow and have never regretted it.
Posted by: J Greely at Tuesday, April 23 2013 09:11 AM (fpXGN)
We'll soon see. I still have my eye on that Toshiba Kirabook, but better to spend $300 now to test the waters (and worst case, reinstall with Linux) thnt to drop $2000 on a shiny toy I never use. (Looking at you, iPad.)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, April 23 2013 11:30 AM (PiXy!)
See also Vista, XP, 95. I don't know if anyone complained about Windows 3 looking different, but I bet it did.
FWIW I haven't tried doing an upgrade, only clean installs, and I admit I did have to re-pin a handful of shortcuts but after that I am in the desktop all day long and other than the theme changing, it's just not that different.
Posted by: RickC at Tuesday, April 23 2013 12:33 PM (WQ6Vb)
RickC: The loss of the Start Menu is a pretty big annoyance (a start menu replacement fixes that, fortunately), but otherwise I mostly agree, but there are a lot of new annoyances.
I'm probably rare in that every laptop I've owned had touch and stylus support; Windows 8 is better at touch than Windows 7, but it's still a pretty lousy touch platform.
Posted by: Kayle at Tuesday, April 23 2013 04:05 PM (M7tH0)
Once you've slapped the Start Screen down, it does seem relatively functional, albeit a cheap downmarket clone of Windows 7. But then, why bother with Windows 8 at all?
Now, if you have a touch-enabled device, everything changes. Windows 7 is not touch-friendly. Half of Windows 8 is. Which is better... Maybe?
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, April 23 2013 04:26 PM (PiXy!)
Windows 8 does have Hyper-V (if your hardware has EPT) and also makes a dandy network Hyper-V administration system--a lot cheaper than a Windows Server 2012 license.
Touch is improved outside of the Metro box but Windows 8 is still not a good touch UI. I don't believe anyone has yet built a UI good for keyboard, mouse, pen, and touch all at the same time; Microsoft's schizophrenic solution isn't a good solution.
Posted by: Kayle at Wednesday, April 24 2013 11:42 AM (5q4P3)
Posted by: Nolan at Saturday, April 27 2013 12:32 AM (tuLJl)
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