These articles are describing a recent event where Jensen Harris
, one of the principal destroyers on the Destroying Windows Team presents their twisted rationalization yet again ...Windows 8 UI vision mockups from 2010 ( istartedsomething 2012-11-20 )Microsoft shows off early Windows 8 user interface mockups ( The Verge 2012-11-20 )Mockups show what Windows 8 looked like in 2010 ( NeoWin 2012-11-20 )
Jensen Harris ... Video
He begins by pointing fingers at other devices that underwent significant evolution like the PS2 controller to WII to Kinect. He moves on to Cellphones and other things, espousing the self-serving meme: ' Modern trumps Familiarity '.
He goes as far as using the natural and logical evolution of software such as WordPerfect to Word. Ummmm, WordStar first of course, but the text-mode keyboard-centric word-processing universe evolving to to graphic-mode WYSIWYG was a perfectly logical and beneficial
change ( and we still have Notepad and other non-WYSIWYG down-level alternatives don't we? ). He even has the temerity to state: "as it turns out, people are willing to change if you provide them something better"
. Cognitive Dissonance, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.But here is the real doozy
: it is on display at 11:49 in the video which itself is a video spoof of a Subaru commercial they called: "Mediocrity"
. It is absolutely illustrative of the contagious brain cancer that has plagued the Devs up there in my opinion. Jensen Harris tells us that this commercial makes the point of "re-imagining Windows" perfectly. This video, "Mediocrity", is of an imaginary car company where the engineers are featured telling all about the blandness but pinnacle-ness of this automobile, no further advancement is needed ( he's insulting us again ). This is the proof that these Microsoft devs in 2010 had already associated this bland "Mediocrity" with then-current Windows 7 and desired to leapfrog to some re-imagined futuristic upgrade. ( Lamborghini? Ferrari?
I don't think so ). What is most offensive is that now, this "GUI developer" wants us
to suspend common sense and logic and associate "Mediocrity" with Windows 7. Aero Glass? 3D chrome and effects? These are "Mediocrity". Period. Playskool pastel color tiles? These are advanced and futuristic. Period. The only thing to understand IMHO, is that these are overpaid under-achievers, have zero taste logic and common sense, and everything that emits from their mouthes is completely inverted to reality. Whatever it is that they say, we should just believe the opposite. The video that these devs should have been watching at the time was called "Idiocracy"
. A real movie that with very little stretch of the imagination perfectly illustrates the Redmond operation. Art imitates Life once again.
Skipping on past much propaganda, including digs at other products like Win95 of course ( when are they gonna learn how offensive it is to attack like this? ), BSOD screens ( yes, I am not joking ), Apple, Skeumorphism again ( propaganda talking point ) we start to see mock-ups of Windows 8
finally. Jensen Harris tells us that "in early 2010" they got the team together and showed these mockups and started making early decisions. This is important because we now know that in "early 2010" they had nothing coded and the future was being re-imagined at that very moment.
Or was it? What else was happening in "early 2010"? Well we can skip back to Post #518
in this very thread where I summarized what was found about some existing software in the wild. Software that I imagine someone up there also had seen. Once again ... Nemulator
Nemulator version 2.0b1 ( release date: 2009-07-07 ) ( original image )
And that is not just a mockup. It was already a side-scrolling menu-system with animated tiles ( probably not "live tiles" in the sense that they pull data from a running program but that is the only real difference ). Here is the video ...
Nemulator video, mirrored at YouTube, that shows the interesting menu side-scrolling of the 2009-July release. (ruh-roh!).
Compared to the very questionable "look and feel" issue with Apple and Windows 2 ( bogus IMHO ), this one has much longer legs. If Microsoft hasn't already donated a huge sum to the author of Nemulator
, James Slepicka
, most likely they will eventually have to.EDIT:
added original source for article and link to video., updated image URL, and again
Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 06 May 2013 - 06:20 PM.