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The most valuable Internet educational tool a school could offer is using critical thinking to place truth values on information received. Mostly this involves tracking down sources of information to see how closely they correspond with the nth iteration of reporting and looking for clues that establish or undermine credibility. Instead schools take the lazy way out and issue blanket statements like "you can't trust anything on the Internet". That would be a suboptimal yet acceptable stance, but then one cannot in good faith assert that Internet in schools is any kind of necessity.


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Security Related Loose Ends ...


Edward Snowden: NSA whistleblower answers reader questions ( UK Guardian 2013-06-17 )

Online Q & A with the whistleblower. Interesting stuff I hadn't seen anywhere else.



Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file ( UK Register 2013-06-21 )

Anyone who encrypts their emails or uses secure instant message services runs the risk of having their communications stored by the US National Security Agency, according to the latest leaks from former NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden.

The Guardian has published two more explosive documents which set out what sort of information the NSA is allowed to harvest from foreign targets, as well American citizens.

Both were issued by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and were signed by US Attorney General Eric Holder in 2009.

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If someone's location can not be clearly established, then they "will not be treated as a United States person" unless other evidence becomes apparent. This would mean that anyone using anonymity software like Tor, which deliberately masks their location, is liable to have their communications stored.

Spies are also told they can retain "all communications that are enciphered or reasonably believed to contain secret meaning" for up to five years, giving them another way to keep American citizens' communications data.


I don't know how else to interpret that except that if since 2009 you used any encryption for email or transit anonymizers ( or maybe even encrypted ZIP and RAR files? ) then they have it. Period.



New DRM 'text watermarks' link pirated ebooks to their original uploader ( TechSpot 2013-06-17 )

The DRM alters word order, inserts synonyms, changes paragraph format, adjusts punctuation, and does so in an unobtrusive way as to not influence the meaning of the text, according to the researchers. TorrentFreak gives an example of the DRM swapping the word “unsympathetic” for the phrase “not sympathetic.”

This technology raises a number of concerns, one being the reliance on an automated system to make these adjustments effectively without being obvious. Additionally, changing prose as described by the researchers could lead to dampening or destroying the nuances of the text, or even breaking common literary techniques like alliteration and pace through punctuation crafted by the author.


:blink: Wait, what? :blink: Alter the original data? This is one of the consequences of precedent after precedent being established without sufficient pushback. They really think they can do anything they want to you and your data. Obviously this particular idea won't get any traction, if only because the owners of the IP will not likely agree to their product being tampered with by design. The main point IMHO is that we have to really fight these things harder or it will only get worse. If you give them an inch, they will take a mile. :yes:



Say What? Average PC Cannot Handle EA's Ignite Engine ( Tom's Hardware 2013-06-23 )

Subtitle: The Ignite engine is fine-tuned for closed console systems. Electronic Arts is at it again. What they are doing is taking a dump on PC gamers as usual and dressing it up in lies about requiring that custom AMD CPU+GPU processor. Of course it is ludicrous because they are writing the games specifically to use specific features of that platform on purpose. It is like Microsoft stating that IE9 cannot run on Windows XP because it doesn't have hardware acceleration, but not telling you that they only utilized those features precisely because Windows XP does not have it.

"So could I see the potential for EA Sports Ignite to make it to PC in the future? Yes, I think it's possible, but a couple of things need to happen," said Wilson. First the current mainstream PC needs to catch up on a hardware level. Second, the engine will need to be adjusted to handle the open nature of PC architecture versus the closed nature of consoles.


Ha! They are selling to a subset of computing already ( consoles ) and this rarified air is probably a few tens of millions of units at most, several years from now. He is describing a scenario for "mainstream" desktop and laptop PC's ( "catch up" ) that cannot possibly happen, yet there will be plenty of non-mainstream ( high-end ) that will trounce that Xbox and PS4, and ironically they will probably outnumber the consoles. I fully understand not wanting to release a game to the PC market because of the problem of folks buying it for use on inadequate hardware ( like Vista ready ), but please don't lie and say the hardware does not exist! The commenters are not kind to this deception. Especially that last part "adjusted to handle the open nature of PC architecture versus the closed nature of consoles." which is a sneaky way of describing PC's have insufficient DRM!



Adobe Officially Launches Subscription-Only Creative Cloud Desktop Apps ( Maximum PC 2013-06-19 )

Adobe Creative Cloud has already been cracked ( techSpot 2013-06-20 )

Come on, you gotta admit that is funny, right? :lol:


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I wanted to comment on this link which was posted elsewhere. The "exclusive" Windows 8.1 Features list...
http://www.askvg.com...-features-list/

Please tell me that isn't the new logo...

Most of the items are pretty meh to me... except this.

Windows 8.1 will come with new Metro apps such as Alarm, Calculator, Sound Recorder, etc.


Wow a calculator! What's so special about a Metro Calculator? Are they going to remove calc.exe? Or would they brag about selling an OS with 2 different calculator apps? :rolleyes:

And... Sound Recorder. If that ends up being true... and it is similar (or the same, yeah right) as SoundRec from Win9x, I know a lot of people would be happy with its return.
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Windows 8.1 will come with new Metro apps such as Alarm, Calculator, Sound Recorder, etc.


Wow a calculator! What's so special about a Metro Calculator? Are they going to remove calc.exe? Or would they brag about selling an OS with 2 different calculator apps? :rolleyes:

And... Sound Recorder. If that ends up being true... and it is similar (or the same, yeah right) as SoundRec from Win9x, I know a lot of people would be happy with its return.

Maybe they think that people remembering Windows 3.1 and all the way up to XP are all dead :ph34r: or became senile and forgot :w00t: , I guess their next move will be to (re-)introduce the Object Packager, listing it as "new feature", it would probably be renamed "Content Integrator" or maybe "Modern merger".
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I wonder how they will manage to create a flat icon for the "box", though :whistle: .


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Edited by jaclaz, 24 June 2013 - 09:31 AM.


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Windows 8.1 will come with new Metro apps such as Alarm, Calculator, Sound Recorder, etc.


Wow a calculator! What's so special about a Metro Calculator? Are they going to remove calc.exe? Or would they brag about selling an OS with 2 different calculator apps? :rolleyes:

And... Sound Recorder. If that ends up being true... and it is similar (or the same, yeah right) as SoundRec from Win9x, I know a lot of people would be happy with its return.

Maybe they think that people remembering Windows 3.1 and all the way up to XP are all dead :ph34r: or became senile and forgot :w00t: , I guess their next move will be to (re-)introduce the Object Packager, listing it as "new feature", it would probably be renamed "Content Integrator" or maybe "Modern merger".
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I wonder how they will manage to create a flat icon for the "box", though :whistle: .


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[sarcasm]
There is entirely too much skeuomorphism in that Windows 3.x image. I mean, the icon for the Painbrush app looks like a palette, and the Clock app looks like a clock!! :realmad: They should NOT look anything at all like what they're supposed to emulate. That is so cheesy and dated. Instead they need to be squares with thick borders around them and a representative initial inside, for example a blue P or Pb for Paintbrush, a red Ca for Calculator, and a green Cl for Clock. Object Packager could be a yellow square with an OP inside. This will make it immediately obvious to the user what they do, much better than a 3D illustration of the real thing.
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There is entirely too much skeuomorphism in that Windows 3.x image. I mean, the icon for the Painbrush app looks like a palette, and the Clock app looks like a clock!! :realmad: They should NOT look anything at all like what they're supposed to emulate. That is so cheesy and dated. Instead they need to be squares with thick borders around them and a representative initial inside, for example a blue P or Pb for Paintbrush, a red Ca for Calculator, and a green Cl for Clock. Object Packager could be a yellow square with an OP inside. This will make it immediately obvious to the user what they do, much better than a 3D illustration of the real thing.
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Sorry, but you got it wrong. :w00t: :ph34r:

The "icons-with-meaningless-initials ®" are reserved to the Japanese, Korean and Chinese editions.
All western editions will use pictograms instead.
Now, since the number of envies were not enough and not enough cross-linked, they will use as "creative base" for "free inspiration" the CLEAR design Ubuntu has recently adopted (without the English text, of course):
Spoiler


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Microsoft reveals even more US school systems that use Windows 8 PCs ( NeoWin 2013-06-24 )

Microsoft's press release states that 34 new K–12 schools and school districts will be using Windows 8. That number includes 24 school districts in the state of Main, the large San Diego Unified School District in California as well as other school districts in Texas, Florida, Virginia, Alabama and more.


Oh that's just great. Let's start raising baby MetroTards. It should be illegal for school administrators to purchase any technology. These companies should donate the equipment if they really care about the kids. But I'm not convinced they really need any computers anyway because every single minute spent on them during the fixed length school day ( a constant over time obviously ) takes away a minute from somewhere else. So please explain what was sacrificed so that the kids can click on websites and videos and check facebook?

NOTE: I just wanted to mention that in this comment ( and the previous one earlier ) I am talking about elementary schools NOT colleges ( "Uni" ). Here in the USA at least, college is optional and mostly paid by the student and their family ( but with exceptions :angry: ). The so-called K-12 schools, you know, the ones where you are supposed to learn to read and write, add and subtract, history and everything else, are what I am objecting to being used as recruiting for Big Technology victims. These institutions have no semblance of a free market or common sense. And we taxpayers are on the hook whether we have kids or not. The schools are wasting billions of dollars taken directly from the taxpayers. The prices rise annually without fail, the teachers are protected from firing except for the most horrendous misconduct. It is a huge mess of politics and lies about the poor kids deserving this or that. Big Technology is capitalizing on this un-free market and has been ever since Apple began this trend in the mid-1980's. There would be no problem if there were laws that said "NO Technology Purchases" and companies could choose to DONATE equipment as it was done in the past. But now it is all about buying the latest thing, endlessly every year, over and over again.



Microsoft's reorg all but certain, several execs rumored for promotion ( NeoWin 2013-06-24 )

You can bet that if this re-org does not appease shareholders and help boost the stock price, the headhunt for Ballmer will be stronger and louder than ever.


That was my theory too, that this is a move to hold the stock price afloat during the possible coming crash. I don't think it will work. I would bet that we will see mid-$20 shares again shortly. This stretch from Summer to October can be very brutal and after glancing at CNBC today ( where they mentioned this MSFT reorg and their share price ) the market looks like it is headed into the summer season already prepped for a correction. This will be one wild ride. :yes:



Windows 8.1 Could Become What Windows 8 Should Have Been ( Gartner 2013-06-19 )

Gartner: Windows 8.1 'could quiet most of' Windows 8's detractors ( NeoWin 2013-06-24 )

:blink: Holy Alternate Universe, Batman. Talk about missing the point. All Gartner has proved now is that they are utterly incompetent and perfectly useless for their self-described role as industry analysts. Useless! They couldn't hit the side of a barn if it fell right on top of them. It seems apparent to me that they have writers who have never even seen Windows 8, or if they have then they never saw Windows 7 or earlier versions. It is nearly impossible to have missed the two years ( this month ) of controversy unless you were trying to miss it or perhaps were frozen in a state of suspended animation like the characters in Idiocracy.

What I see with Windows 8.1 Blew is the added use of common wallpaper between the desktop and Metro, and the uber-cynical use of a "Start Button" to switch from the desktop to Metro. Can anyone locate a criticism of NuWindows that cited either of those things as critical for endusers? Thought not. This will go down as the biggest corporate kick in the nuts to the customer ever. Even New Coke vs. Classic Coke doesn't hold a candle to it.

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Report: Samsung to shut down its desktop PC business ( NeoWin 2013-06-24 )

Umm ... what desktop PC business? :wacko: NeoWin. ~sigh~ Feeding the MetroTards. UPDATE: Samsung denies pulling out of desktop PC business.



Government Snooping Is Nothing New ( John C. Dvorak PC Magazine 2013-06-24 )

It was always about snooping on the public to catch people breaking the law. Why would this desire ever disappear?

We already see examples of this use and nobody complains. Some kids do something illegal and brag on Facebook or YouTube like idiots. They are arrested and everyone thinks it is great. The police don't really have to do much investigation.

What if everything went this smoothly? It can! Just snoop on everyone and everything will be great. Over time it becomes impossible to argue against and the next thing you know Big Brother is watching every step you take. I think we are long past the tipping point, but most people do not know it yet. Or we don't care. We care more about what Kim Kardashian named her baby.


I'm starting to think John is taking the same medication that Thurrott is, ping-ponging back and forth from column to column. In his defense, this isn't exactly a cheer-leading article for all the snooping, mostly a general overview of how it happened. He did forget to mention "Carnivore" and other baby steps taken along the way. Unlike him I think this will lead to a backlash over time. The people here in the USA at least still have the power on paper to roll this back either through elections or Constitutional Amendments. Whether that occurs or not is the real question. As long as the corporations ( like Microsoft ) and government itself keep treating the people as sheeple, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, they morph into the citizens seen in Idiocracy - pressing tiles like monkeys, reproducing like rabbits and limited to a vocabulary of grunts and groans. Government will have no problem herding these sheeple into the pens they deem necessary.



More Details Emerge in Coming Massive Reorg at Microsoft ( Thurrott 2013-06-24 )

“Ballmer has been making these significant plans with limited consultation with the wider leadership group at the software giant,” the report states. “He has been working with only a small group of his direct reports and also some Microsoft board members, numerous sources said.”


In my opinion that describes a power-play possibly designed to put rivals in their place. When the Kremlin Redmond boss only seeks a rubber stamp from the Politburo Board, then Stalin Ballmer definitely gets his purge. :lol: I'm sure someone will think that's over the top, and it might be, but you gotta admit that their current top-heavy structure exactly mimics that infamous dictatorial model. Siberian prison camps and deadly famines obviously excepted. But then again, so do many companies, public and private.


The services part of the company would be run by current Server and Tools president Satya Nadella, and the devices part would be run by current Windows co-chief Julie Larson-Green, I was told. But the Wall Street Journal correctly notes that the plan has shifted repeatedly, and it’s entirely possible that Larson-Green’s strange performance at a public event last month doomed her chances.

The Wall Street Journal never mentions Larson-Green, but instead offers up Mr. Nadella, Skype president Tony Bates, and even Interactive Entertainment Division President Don Mattrick as possible leaders under a new corporate structure. Mattrick, however, just flamed out at the Xbox One launch.


As they say in baseball, their bench is really light. Obviously this is partially aimed at "The Street" ( Wall Street that is ) to stave off an exodus and keep MSFT in the $30 range, but ironically it might just be interpreted as a shake-up ( in fact I would expect those exact words plastered on CNBC and the Wall Street Journal ) which more often than not means a company is in trouble. I'll bet they manage a tiny little bump in stock price and then two days later it is forgotten, the shares keep moving sideways until the next MicroCrisis rears its ugly head. :yes:

Curious opinion from one Thurrott commenter ...

Engineer's adage: if it ain't broke, don't fix it...

You have to wonder how many companies have been ruined by the violation of that rule...


There is a much better application of that old adage, and it applies directly to Windows and Office. :yes: "You have to wonder how many companies programs have been ruined by the violation of that rule"


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Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 25 June 2013 - 05:04 PM.

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[sarcasm]
There is entirely too much skeuomorphism in that Windows 3.x image. I mean, the icon for the Painbrush app looks like a palette, and the Clock app looks like a clock!! :realmad: They should NOT look anything at all like what they're supposed to emulate. That is so cheesy and dated. Instead they need to be squares with thick borders around them and a representative initial inside, for example a blue P or Pb for Paintbrush, a red Ca for Calculator, and a green Cl for Clock. Object Packager could be a yellow square with an OP inside. This will make it immediately obvious to the user what they do, much better than a 3D illustration of the real thing.
[/sarcasm]

Sorry, but you got it wrong. :w00t: :ph34r:

The "icons-with-meaningless-initials ®" are reserved to the Japanese, Korean and Chinese editions.
All western editions will use pictograms instead.
Now, since the number of envies were not enough and not enough cross-linked, they will use as "creative base" for "free inspiration" the CLEAR design Ubuntu has recently adopted (without the English text, of course):
Spoiler


jaclaz

Thanks for enlightening me! :thumbup Brilliant!! :lol:

I'm shaking my head at those Ubuntu icons. As the saying goes, "they all look alike." I can easily see trying to use an Ubuntu phone becoming a frustrating experience.

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I'm shaking my head at those Ubuntu icons. As the saying goes, "they all look alike." I can easily see trying to use an Ubuntu phone becoming a frustrating experience.

The issue is not only that they all look alike, they additionally have NO MEANING whatsoever :realmad: .

Download the image, and print it in several copies, once "as is" and many more after having removed the explicative text.

Then try giving one of the copies without text to anyone you happen to meet and ask them to write below each of them what they think the icon/pictogram represent.

You will have on average 4 or 5 "correct" answers (correct in the sense that they will express the same concept of the original text).

Another good question could be:

What happens when a "live tile" crashes/loses connection?

Possibly :unsure:
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Edited by jaclaz, 25 June 2013 - 10:36 AM.


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NOTE: I just wanted to mention that in this comment ( and the previous one earlier ) I am talking about elementary schools NOT colleges ( "Uni" ). Here in the USA at least, college is optional and mostly paid by the student and their family ( but with exceptions :angry: ). The so-called K-12 schools, you know, the ones where you are supposed to learn to read and write, add and subtract, history and everything else, are what I am objecting to being used as recruiting for Big Technology victims. These institutions have no semblance of a free market or common sense. And we taxpayers are on the hook whether we have kids or not. The schools are wasting billions that is taken directly by the taxpayers. The prices rise annually without fail, the teachers are protected from firing except for the most horrendous misconduct. It is a huge mess of politics and lies about the poor kids deserving this or that. Big Technology is capitalizing on this un-free market and has been ever since Apple began this trend in the mid-1980's. There would be no problem if there were laws that said "NO Technology Purchases" and companies could choose to DONATE equipment as it was done in the past. But now it is all about buying the latest thing, endlessly every year, over and over again.

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Windows 8.1 Could Become What Windows 8 Should Have Been ( Gartner 2013-06-19 )

Gartner: Windows 8.1 'could quiet most of' Windows 8's detractors ( NeoWin 2013-06-24 )

:blink: Holy Alternate Universe, Batman. Talk about missing the point. All Gartner has proved now is that they are utterly incompetent and perfectly useless for their self-described role as industry analysts. Useless! They couldn't hit the side of a barn if it fell right on top of them. It seems apparent to me that they have writers who have never even seen Windows 8, or if they have then they never saw Windows 7 or earlier versions. It is nearly impossible to have missed the two years ( this month ) of controversy unless you were trying to miss it or perhaps were frozen in a state of suspended animation like the characters in Idiocracy.

What I see with Windows 8.1 Blew is the added use of common wallpaper between the desktop and Metro, and the uber-cynical use of a "Start Button" to switch from the desktop to Metro. Can anyone locate a criticism of NuWindows that cited either of those things as critical for endusers? Thought not. This will go down as the biggest corporate kick in the nuts to the customer ever. Even New Coke vs. Classic Coke doesn't hold a candle to it.

IMHO the only substantive improvement to the UX in 8.1 is the native ability to boot straight to the Desktop. As we've pointed out, the "concession" of a revived Start Button actually serves as an insult since it takes the user to the Metro screen. They probably tell themselves (and others) that this improves functionality because now people have a visual cue for how to get to the Metro screen, and that's true insofar as it goes, but they miss (or ignore) the fundamental point which is that tons of users prefer to get to the Start Menu when they click on that button.

BTW, I had the chance to check out a friend's new Win8 Toshiba laptop replacing one that died. There is no Start Button of course, but the desktop includes an icon for what they call "Desktop Assist." When you click on it, it provides links to a number of applications and utilities that don't have tiles on the Start Screen. Without this Desktop Assist, there would be no evident way for you to know that these programs are on the computer at all. It simply is not the case that the Start Screen is just a full-screen Start Menu.

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I'm shaking my head at those Ubuntu icons. As the saying goes, "they all look alike." I can easily see trying to use an Ubuntu phone becoming a frustrating experience.

The issue is not only that they all look alike, they additionally have NO MEANING whatsoever :realmad: .

Agreed!


Download the image, and print it in several copies, once "as is" and many more after having removed the explicative text.

Then try giving one of the copies without text to anyone you happen to meet and ask them to write below each of them what they think the icon/pictogram represent.

You will have on average 4 or 5 "correct" answers (correct in the sense that they will express the same concept of the original text).

That would make an interesting experiment for somebody like Jakob Nielsen to test. I suspect that your predictions would bear out well.

Fabulous 404 tile, BTW. :D

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More about the TechNet forum adjustments.

I've been reading through some of the threads at social.technet.microsoft.com. And it is like Formfiller said, mostly negative. This had to be expected though, because who could really find the changes and the new look anything except butt ugly!

Well I found one. ~sigh~ The threadstarter for an official topic called: Love the new Forums UX !!! ...

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- Fast
- I can search relevant results and still in the same experience
- I love how fluid the UI looks like
- It's easy to use... how transparent can you be? Will Microsoft managers really take that seriously?


Microsoft's shills are very easy to catch (even the cloaked ones): They use phrases that no one else does, like "Modern UI" and "fast and fluid".

Almost every time someone uses these terms on the internet regarding Windows 8 and other MS products, it's a shill. You will notice suspicious patterns in his/her post history if you care to look up (first time poster on Amazon; writing a glowing five-star W8 review. Thousands of posts in forums, almost all of them are about praising MS etc.)

I always wonder why they don't avoid terms like "fast & fluid" to appear more legit. Any ideas? It's like they WANT to be outed as shills.

Maybe the corporate RDF is so strong, that not even shills can escape it.

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I don't know about Microsoft's policies, but the firms hired to do "blast" (shill) marketing tend to employ people who can write just well enough. Any worse and it becomes distracting and even suspicious because the hired guns are often foreign and will make different mistakes than native speakers. Broken English written by a foreigner stands out even to less critical readers. These marketing mercenaries are probably coached to say certain things and are encouraged to deliver a specific message in addition to general praise, which, again, stands out if you're aware that these people exist.

But, again, I'm referring to the "day one" commenters posting at places like IMDB and Amazon when a new movie or book comes out. From what I've seen, Microsoft's underground marketers are a solid step up from the norm. In addition to having generally better writing skills, they tend to deliver a more "integrated" message, as if they formed their own approach after a attending company meeting rather than being handed cue cards. I haven't read many of the 5-star Amazon reviews, though, so I could be wrong about those being better than average.

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this is a MS employee. He must like it.

But the users hate it. The activity in the forums dropped dramatically.
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Tihiy (of StartIsBack fame) has tweeted his evaluation of the Windows 8.1 preview (found here under "Bugs are obvious"):

Windows 8.1: two Start buttons, four Desktops, zero sanity


Here's what he saw:

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Strange-looking, huh? I thought you'd be interested to see it.

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Edited by JorgeA, 25 June 2013 - 11:44 PM.


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Windows 8.1 is ready for business, Gartner declares ( PC World 2013-06-23 )

Microsoft hopes for second chance with Windows 8.1] ( PC World 2013-06-24 )

More coverage of the Gartner and others' clearly obvious shilling for Microsoft. Let's just call it what it is, we are in right in the middle of another Mojave Experiment. You can expect with the Windows 8.1 Blew preview and RTM all kinds of carefully worded essays about "listening" and "learning", a perfect repeat of the post-Vista period. They have learned absolutely nothing since then, not a single thing. At those two PC World articles the commenters are having none of this nonsense.



Confirmed: Windows Blue ditches "Computer" for "This PC" ( NeoWin 2013-06-25 )

Back in May, we reported that an early version of Windows 8.1 had ditched the classic "Computer" naming for "This PC", making a minor change from Windows 8. With the Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview now available, these changes have been confirmed ...


Now there is a tiny improvement, just not one that anyone was really asking for. Okay, give them points for a relatively sensible idea here. But whether it is called "Local Computer" or "My Computer" or "Computer" or "This PC" is kind of a moot point if you can simply rename it to whatever you want ( which I believe you can, at least under Administrator on Windows XP ). I can't remember if under Win9x if this is possible from the GUI but I definitely used to edit the Shell Object names in their registry keys. So once again, a Microsoft swing and a miss. :yes:

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We have seen Windows 8.1! ( OneTouch Mobility 2013-06-22 )

Windows 8.1 Start button revealed in Windows Server 2012 R2 ( NeoWin 2013-06-24 )

Windows 8.1 start button appears as Microsoft's Blue wave breaks ( UK Register 2013-06-25 )

This is like a sick, twisted April Fools Joke. :blink: Or some evil malware that is designed to drive the user insane. :angry:

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Left-Click the Start Button and you get a gigantic kick in the nuts
( Image Source: Official Video )


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Right-Click the Start Button ( reversing 18 years of muscle memory!) for a retarded version of the Classic Start Menu.
( Image Source: NeoWin )


Naturally, even these lame attempts at "fixing" the problems rub the zealots the wrong way ...

If people still complain after all these options they are just anti-Microsoft trolls. This fixes pretty much everything.


I see. So in his mind the lack of love for Microsoft and Windows 8 defines a "troll". We've seen this before, from cult members that built a city called Jonestown and had a Kool-Aid party to celebrate their awesomeness.


So is there a way to turn this off and go back to way it was before?


Yes I would like to know as well... I like my taskbar without it. I think it looks much more clean and simple.


Hey MetroTards, what's the matter, you afraid of change? You luddites. :lol:


One commenter gives it back to them ...

Stay on Windows 8.0


Not that's gonna leave a mark! :yes:


EDIT: spacing, clarity, added article, changed image

Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 26 June 2013 - 11:16 PM.

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Sony officially unveils the SmartWatch 2 ( TechSpot 2013-06-25 )

Sony Xperia Z Ultra ups the ante with a massive 6.4-inch display ( TechSpot 2013-06-25 )

Sony announces the gargantuan Xperia Z Ultra ( NeoWin 2013-06-25 )

Samsung Launches Three New Galaxy Tab 3 Tablets ( NeoWin 2013-06-25 )

Every single form factor of mobile device is in play now. The watches are 1-2 inches, the phones are 4-5 inches, these mega-phone phablets are 6+ inches, Nexus and iPads and Notes hit 7-10 inches. The tsunami has arrived and there is no end in sight. The clear winner in this very wide range of devices is Android with iOS holding down 2nd place. So where does Microsoft expect to fit in? They are still treading water with their Surface models in the 10 inch range, which are whooped like a beaten dog by all comers, and they are pondering a 7 inch model which will fare no better. At the phone form factor the picture is even bleaker with no-one truly clamoring for the Microsoft Tiles interface as expected, their primary partner Nokia on the ropes, and Microsoft showing signs of their patented abandonment strategy. If you are a WP user, you have reason to worry.

The worst part is that all of this was entirely predictable, and was predicted here in this thread as well as over the entire blogosphere. So we can certainly assume at least one person up in Redmond also figured this out in advance, so it begs the question as to what were they thinking? They willfully destroyed their Windows heritage chasing unicorns in the mobile device market space, garnered incalculable amounts of bad will from longtime Windows users and even now, after two full years of criticism continue the trek. Definition of "Insanity": doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome. Just sayin'



Microsoft bringing 'Age of Empires' to iPhone, Android devices [Update] ( NeoWin 2013-06-24 )

Microsoft to port Xbox, PC games to Android and iOS ( TechSpot 2013-06-25 )

Microsoft to launch browser version of Xbox Music ( NeoWin 2013-06-25 )

OUYA Android Console Now in Stores, Sells Out Quick ( Tom's Hardware 2013-06-25 )

Ouya Android game console selling out in some retail outlets ( NeoWin 2013-06-25 )

I'm not sure how any of this will cheer up the MicroZealots as it is a tacit admission that their own device gateways to entertainment are stagnant or worse. So this very well could signal a shift from benefiting themselves with their own hardware to benefiting developers by extending the platform to everyone else's hardware. Maybe that story about the Android gameboy console has more significance than we know. It is possible Microsoft has internal numbers saying that the war is lost, Xbox and PS are for all practical purposes irrelevant, and the closed walled-garden ( at least for entertainment ) is a non-starter. And what about this xTunes thing? Are they so consumed with Apple-envy to think they can compete in this space after all this time? :no: Certainly not.

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News from the competition ( and see Post #3088 for more examples ) ...



How to Build a Linux Gaming PC ( Maximum PC 2013-06-24 )

Couldn't happen without Microsoft and others taking their gaming customers for granted.



Foxconn Hiring 3K Extra Workers for Firefox OS Dev ( Tom's Hardware 2013-06-25 )

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd (aka Foxconn) said it is hiring 2,000 to 3,000 additional workers in Taiwan to bolster the company's research into software. Candidates will require expertise in HTML5 operating systems, HTML5 apps, and cloud computing.

Foxconn plans to develop more than five devices running Firefox OS by the end of the year, and is also planning to design reference models that will be the foundation for future Firefox OS-based smartphones, tablets, laptops and TVs.


This thing just might have legs after all.



Slate21: Android Lands on One Awesome All-in-One ( HP 2013-06-25 )

HP Builds Its First Android All-In-One PC. Trading Windows for Jelly Bean ( Maximum PC 2013-06-25 )

What's unique about the Slate21 is that it's running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean rather than Windows 8. It's the company's first foray into Android with an AIO PC, and whether or not it will be the last depends on how much of a demand there is for such a device.


Long before a ship flounders, breaks apart and sinks to the bottom, she begins to take on water. This might be what that looks like. Or maybe not. It's still way too early to tell. Regardless, something is happening, as these articles are pretty regular fare these days, across many sites.

We now have Android and Firefox operating systems appearing on the desktop ( and everywhere else for that matter ) . Singlehandedly Microsoft has accomplished what no amount of wishful thinking by the free and/or open software community could realistically dream - Windows alternatives popping up all around their monopolized PC space. We now have seen classic "pure" Linux distros, newer custom descendants like Firefox OS, Android and Chrome. There is a movement in China to design a national OS based on this as well and that will likely give other countries an urge to examine this themselves. And later there will be more, many more as time goes on. And all thanks to Apple and Microsoft's own actions of abusing their duopoly. Focusing on Microsoft here, ( because I don't really know Apple too well ) the formerly unthinkable now seems entirely possible - losing their iron fisted grip on most of the world's computers. It will take quite an assist from their own brain-trust though, something they in fact appear willing to provide at every possible opportunity.

Strike One occurs when the usability of their cash-cow, proprietary, made-only-for-profit technologies ( Windows and Office ) become too painful too stand, like the butchering of their respective interfaces, self-serving anti-consumer EULAs and arrogant flip-of-the-bird to all criticism from their loyal users. That removes a primary reason to stick with them all these years and generates rampant hostility towards them from longtime veterans who were previously ardent defenders of the platform and even their monopoly ( me included, and there are MANY others speaking out everywhere ).

Secondly, as the ramifications of the spying scandal percolate through the entire world I expect there to be some serious reflection of putting almost all of our eggs into this one basket. For example, if their closed and/or proprietary made-only-for-profit technologies like Windows and Office ( add MacOS and iOS too ) offer no real benefit in the area of customer privacy and security, then another clear reason to use them is yanked right off the table. Microsoft has been exposed as the first "partner" jumping in bed with No Such Agency, and they did it precisely because they were offered immunity from prosecution for violating user privacy. They must really be worried about citizen class-action lawsuits because they have gone to great lengths to add such language to all the EULAs ever since the "partnership" began. All things considered, I now have no doubt that all the classic conspiracy theories have also occurred, for example the source code for Windows ( and even MacOS and iOS ) being available to the feds, perhaps as a condition of allowing their unfettered actions as a functional monopoly ( or duopoly with Apple ) in our so-called free-market. Why again would this be unbelievable? It is perfectly believable IMHO. Taken in total this is quite a hit to their previously stellar reputation, which obviously was fictitious and undeserved all along. So really, Strike Two is in the process of occurring even as we speak.

So what will a Strike Three look like? Your guess is as good as mine, but nothing will surprise me anymore. They could fall below the magic number of 90% desktop marketshare and further ( kind of dumb since all these mobile things are computers according to Microsoft, so counting them will drop them from 90% to a much lower number ). Maybe a huge publicity fail through a major slowdown or outage in their cloud with Office 364 or Xbox or Azure business customers without access for a few days. In today's time-compressed short-attention span society, a day today equals a week from 5 to 10 years ago, and probably a month from the 1980's to early 1990's. Ironically, as they push more people into the cloud the potential for catastrophe increases in several directions not all in their control. Besides the classic potential server problem on their end, they will also suffer blame for the users' local problems ( storms, hurricanes, power outages, rolling blackouts ... ), and in cases where customers are happily using their UPS or battery operated computer, laptop, tablet and phone only to find that the ISP ( Cable, Fiber, DSL ... ) is down and their local computing device is not so local after all. Microsoft as the remote storage ( and even processing ) provider will receive a sizable chunk of blame even when the problems are not theirs at all. That's the nature of the cloud beast. I've always wondered why Microsoft would even want to get into something like Xbox anyway, the revenue is questionable and the downside is great because of consumer fickleness and expectations. The Azure cloud situation has far more potential for downside IMHO, because a game going offline is not quite as bad as business data becoming unavailable. And God help us all if Big Medicine decides that the cloud is great idea. :blink:

Perhaps it won't be as clean and simple as a Strike Three at all. I always try to remind people of how quickly IBM went from the 800 pound gorilla to a bit player that finally sold off their PC division to a Chinese company. That is a sentence that no-one, I mean no-one would have uttered prior to 1988 or so. After about six long years as the biggest ship in the seas and with their wake lifting many boats to wild success ( including Microsoft ), they struck an iceberg themselves when they lost the best PC bragging rights to Compaq. Actually, the details from around that time are very relevant to today because there was a chain of events that led to the mistakes that sunk them and they should look familiar. The first thing that happened was the death of Don Estridge in 1985 who was their miracle man that drove the PC at IBM. His sudden and tragic death caused them to stumble badly, playing it way too conservative and allowing Compaq to snake the first i386 computer, a massive improvement in architecture and speed, and with it the title of world's best computer and all the associated publicity. Practically overnight they were on all the magazines and businesses and home users wasted no time jumping ship. The managerial mistake of resting on their reputation and milking the i286 AT cash cow ( and the older XT as well ) rather than aggressively going for the i386 crown was a huge error. They kept selling the old models until late 1987 giving Compaq at least a year , and in that year everything changed. Leadership, the standards bearer, industry clout, everything.

Another parallel with today occurred when they responded in knee-jerk fashion, compounding their earlier mistakes further with reactive decisions made in haste and panic. IBM unceremoniously spit on the industry with their transparent attempt to try to lock up the technology of the licensed, proprietary but otherwise excellent MCA ( Micro-Channel Architecture ) when they finally released their large PS/2 line of computers, which were quite competent but unfortunately all too conservative in design ( IBM was always the car that drives a few MPH under the speed limit ). I also know for a fact that there was pressure and criticism from customers and employees to step up their game, sell the best machines possible, and stop wasting time, but like Microsoft today, they largely ignored everyone. There were many other things happening as well, ( IBM trademark and patent court cases, the unrelated DoJ antitrust, etc ) but the main events really were those which united the clone community ( everyone except IBM ) to stick to the current "ISA" model ( and eventually EISA ) rather than pay an IBM tax. It happened that quickly! They p!ssed off everyone and it all came crumbling down. Microsoft knows these events full well as they were right there all along, in fact benefiting by supplying DOS to a rapidly growing market as clones sprung up everywhere. As I've mentioned before, the magazines of that era were thick as telephone books with ads literally falling out when you turned the pages ( Computer Shopper chopped down more trees than anyone in history ). By the 1988 to 1989 selling season as criticism mounted, they had adopted a siege mentality and had no chance of recovery. Of course we know how the story then ended when a year later Microsoft released Windows 3.0 and later would stick the knife in their back with the double-cross of OS/2 and NT. But those are completely beside the point.

So, knowing just how fast one's success can vanish begs the question of why Microsoft does not seem to recognize they are repeating the very mistakes IBM pioneered: resting on their laurels, sleeping at the switch, spitting on the industry, ignoring customers and criticism, panic-driven managerial blunders, going proprietary and adopting a siege mentality. It is stunning cognitive dissonance, or some other mental disorder.

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EDIT: details, typos

Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 26 June 2013 - 06:23 AM.

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I haven't read many of the 5-star Amazon reviews, though, so I could be wrong about those being better than average.

The tricky part is finding the ones actually worth reading ;).
Example :angel :
http://www.amazon.co...8ZGA/3952612-20

Here is a good source for them:
http://rivercrap.com/

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Another fabulous piece of analysis, Charlotte. :thumbup

We now have Android and Firefox operating systems appearing on the desktop ( and everywhere else for that matter ) . Singlehandedly Microsoft has accomplished what no amount of wishful thinking by the free and/or open software community could realistically dream - Windows alternatives popping up all around their monopolized PC space. We now have seen classic "pure" Linux distros, newer custom descendants like Firefox OS, Android and Chrome. There is a movement in China to design a national OS based on this as well and that will likely give other countries an urge to examine this themselves. And later there will be more, many more as time goes on. And all thanks to Apple and Microsoft's own actions of abusing their duopoly. Focusing on Microsoft here, ( because I don't really know Apple too well ) the formerly unthinkable now seems entirely possible - losing their iron fisted grip on most of the world's computers. It will take quite an assist from their own brain-trust though, something they in fact appear willing to provide at every possible opportunity.

Strike One occurs when the usability of their cash-cow, proprietary, made-only-for-profit technologies ( Windows and Office ) become too painful too stand, like the butchering of their respective interfaces, self-serving anti-consumer EULAs and arrogant flip-of-the-bird to all criticism from their loyal users. That removes a primary reason to stick with them all these years and generates rampant hostility towards them from longtime veterans who were previously ardent defenders of the platform and even their monopoly ( me included, and there are MANY others speaking out everywhere ).

I'm one of those who used to defend Windows against attackers from the Linux side. No longer. My attitude now is, let them take all the hits that are coming to them.

One benefit I'm hoping for from the spread of Android to PCs is that PC prices might come down significantly. Today, we pay indirectly for the Windows license, but then the price comes out to less than the hardware+Windows thanks to the "crapware" that software vendors pay to put on the machines that the manufacturers ship. As a result, ironically if you want an OS-less PC, often you end up paying more than when it comes with Windows installed. Putting Android or some other freeware OS on the machine will eliminate that license cost. We might still get crapware on Android of course, but that would help to bring the price down from a $0 licensing cost.

--JorgeA

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The tricky part is finding the ones actually worth reading ;).

Here is a good source for them:
http://rivercrap.com/

:lol:

jaclaz


Thanks. Didn't know there was a site that aggregated Amazon reviews. But I'm surprised the infamous Denon cable isn't at the top of the hall of fame:

http://www.amazon.co...s/dp/B000I1X6PM

Reviews on bad books are also a good source of entertainment.

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I'm one of those who used to defend Windows against attackers from the Linux side. No longer. My attitude now is, let them take all the hits that are coming to them.


I come from the other side. The concept of "desktop Linux" as it has existed virtually unchanged since the mid-90s has zero chance of success. It probably has the longest failure history of any tech product ever. Android succeeded because Google took what worked (the kernel), added in heavy modifications to make it work for what they wanted (which LKML whined about loudly), and replaced the entire user space. NeXT, which became the basis for Mac OS, did something similar by taking BSD and deprecating all the UNIX stuff until it was unrecognizable.

I think Google should simply put Android onto a laptop. I don't know why they're messing around with ChromeOS. They're doing the exact opposite thing Microsoft is doing, and, ironically, it's still wrong.

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We have seen Windows 8.1! ( OneTouch Mobility 2013-06-22 )

Windows 8.1 Start button revealed in Windows Server 2012 R2 ( NeoWin 2013-06-24 )

Windows 8.1 start button appears as Microsoft's Blue wave breaks ( UK Register 2013-06-25 )

This is like a sick, twisted April Fools Joke. :blink: Or some evil malware that is designed to drive the user insane. :angry:

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This isn't 8.1, this is the metro-theme of Start8. It's still far better than what Windows 8.1 brings though.

Edited by Formfiller, 26 June 2013 - 12:19 PM.





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