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Looks like official (unreleased) Royale Noir

Ah, very good, thanks! Now that you mention it, I do remember that name coming up somewhere in this thread.

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Windows 8 and Toyota come together to build a faster race car ( NeoWin 2013-02-23 )

Okay everyone, be honest. I'm not the only one who thought of this when reading that headline ...

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See, you don't understand this Metro thing. What those cars are doing is just trying to get a more flat look by flattening everything. Stop living in the past man, everything is supposed to be flat now. :lol:
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Fool's design, Windows 8 dislikes more than one instance of an application.

If you try to start several instances of any program from the start screen, be it Paint or Remote Desktop Connection, it will fail. It takes you to the instance which is currently running. After all, why would you start more than one Remote Desktop session or perhaps have more than one Paint open at the same time?

Apparently, Microsoft thinks they have a better idea how many instances you are allowed will need to have open. Which is, well, only one.

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The "solution" is to go to Desktop, right click on the icon of the running application in the Taskbar and start a new instance from there. This "solution" is of course, completely invisible and illogical to the regular user.

Yet another reason that the start screen is foolishly designed.

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Source: http://www.foolsdesi...ic.php?f=1&t=22

Edited by ciHnoN, 24 February 2013 - 02:00 PM.

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BSODs r not so frequent, but in regard of w7, :yes: they r..
e.g., in W7 BSOD never occurred.
Also, there is no rule, simply it happens without any logical conclusion, i.e. clue .

btw,I expect a 'BLUE' thing or SP1 would b a solution.

I finally got a chance to spend some time looking into this issue of Windows 8 BSOD's.

Unfortunately, it didn't do much good. There seems to be no special pattern for blue screens appearing in Win8 (that's what I was hoping to find), they happen for all sorts of reasons.

But I can say that a Google search for "windows 7 bsod" gave back 5.78 million results, while a search for "windows 8 bsod" produced 4.9 million results... and Windows 8 has only been out for 17 months, if you include the preview versions. (A search for "windows vista bsod" came back with 3.46 million results. :thumbup ) I thought we were told that Windows 8 would be so much more stable than any previous edition of Windows?

Sorry I wasn't more help.

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No way..w8 is unsurpassed in regard of BSODs.
Im a living witness :yes:
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Fool's design, Windows 8 dislikes more than one instance of an application.

If you try to start several instances of any program from the start screen, be it Paint or Remote Desktop Connection, it will fail. It takes you to the instance which is currently running. After all, why would you start more than one Remote Desktop session or perhaps have more than one Paint open at the same time?

Great find, definitely a Deeper Impression! :)

While researching @TheBigBang's issue, I came across this thread from another forum which seems to dovetail with your discovery. Note the sarcastic Win8 fanb enthusiast, who confidently declares:

Well, Metro (don't call it Metro!) is not Start. If you want desktop behavior, put an icon on your desktop, or pin it to the taskbar.

and:

It's not a START MENU on the DESKTOP. Sorry for not spelling that out for the obvious impaired.

Ohh, now they tell us. Hadn't we been led to believe that the Metro Start Screen was basically a new-look Start Menu? :angrym:

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Windows 8 and Toyota come together to build a faster race car ( NeoWin 2013-02-23 )

Okay everyone, be honest. I'm not the only one who thought of this when reading that headline ...

Spoiler


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See, you don't understand this Metro thing. What those cars are doing is just trying to get a more flat look by flattening everything. Stop living in the past man, everything is supposed to be flat now. :lol:

I hate to do this because it's so tragic for the people involved, but -- ROFL!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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From a few months ago, a nice roundup of UI tweaks to make the Windows 8 experience more tolerable:

How to make Windows 8 look like Windows 7

Maybe someone can update the writer with @Tihiy's and @bigmuscle's projects on MSFN to further improve Win8. (I didn't read through the comments.)

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I meant to ask you: what XP theme are you using there? Looks really sharp.

Looks like official (unreleased) Royale Noir

Bingo. Almost. It is actually one of the tweaked versions called: Royale Remixed ... the main file is Royale Remixed.msstyles, in the selector box ( top field "Windows and Buttons" ) you can see it shows up as Royale style and in the "color scheme" it has three variations and I've been using Royale Noir. I've been meaning to edit these things so that the name in the selector box ( "Windows and Buttons" ) matches the name of the *.MsStyle. It can get confusing because I have a few more "Royale" styles and it is a PITA to tell which is which in the list without selecting them.

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BTW, here is the filelist of the theme in case you want to search for it ...

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Firefox OS phones to debut in 2013, no US launch until 2014 ( NeoWin 2013-02-24 )

Samsung reveals Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet for Q2 2013 launch ( NeoWin 2013-02-24 )

HP announces Android-based $169 Slate 7 tablet ( NeoWin 2013-02-24 )

HP Jumps Back Into Tablets With The $169 Slate 7 ( Maximum PC 2013-02-24 )

Lenovo Goes After The Nexus 7 With a Revamped Lineup of Tablets ( Maximum PC 2013-02-24 )

Seriously, this is now almost a daily occurrence. Boatloads of non-Windows 8 devices hitting the streets, and priced to sell. Each one of these things directly impacts Microsoft's foolproof foolish "Plan A". What was that again? Oh yeah. Destroy Windows and sacrifice it to the Gods of mobile marketshare. They destroyed their defining product solely for the purpose of gaining a piece of the action, a higher lower percentage of the expanding mobile space. But wait, how is that gonna happen when for every Nokia Lumia or Surface or other WP some competitor sells 50 copies of some other device. What math do they use up in Redmond? I'm not saying they shouldn't have tried, no. I'm saying that you should fire all the idi0ts that thought sacrificing Windows was the admission ticket to this arena. It was not. Microsoft should have protected Windows instead of destroying it. They have earned this fail.



LG says it has no plans to return to Windows Phone ( NeoWin 2013-02-24 )

Whoopsie. "LG doesn't see enough of a demand for such a product at the moment." How can this be possible? Easy, Microsoft Tiles is loved by a few, mediocre to many, insulting and annoying to the rest of us normal people. You blew it. You had this on WP a few years ago and no-one was beating the doors down to buy it. It was not a seminal event, it was just adequate. Now who was the birdbrain that thought this mediocre interface should become the face of everything going forwards? I want names!



Microsoft adds new features to Office Web Apps ( NeoWin 2013-02-24 )

The updates were revealed in a new post on the Office blog and include a way for users to quickly add images they find on the web into an document. Microsoft states, "Just copy the picture and then paste it in the web app, using the keyboard (CTRL+V or ⌘+V). This works in Word Web App, PowerPoint Web App, and OneNote Web App."

I just thought this was rather funny. :lol:


EDIT: clarity

Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 25 February 2013 - 04:57 AM.

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Fool's design.

The case of insane scrollbars in Windows 8.

( Source: http://www.foolsdesign.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=25 )


Invisible scrollbar handles and disabled looking scrollbar arrows.

Not only the scrollbars in Windows 8 look disabled and grayed out (specially the arrows), in order to trick the users' eyes even more, they made the scrollbar handle almost invisible. Light gray on light gray. That's the stuff! After all, why would you ever need to know with ease what your position is inside a scrollable window. Design 101 at Microsoft.

Below picture shows how they currently look like and a quick suggestion on how it should be. Of course, we feel that the scrollbars' colors should follow the general color theme of Windows.

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Interesting discussion I came across as I was researching something else:

Is Microsoft On The Verge Of A Sudden Collapse Or Just A Long, Slow Decline?

Thanks for the link. The author has a very nice, succinct way of encapsulating the history of what has actually occurred into a single sentence ...

Demerjian goes on to say that even though Microsoft is willing to pay developers to port applications for Windows 8, the sentiment in the developer community is very negative. The company has taken their 12% share of the mobile phone market and Nokia‘s 30% and rolled it into Windows Phone’s current 2%. Even more damning, analysts are calling for a decline in PC and laptop sales for the holiday season (and Chinese New Year) on the heels of the release of Windows 8. That’s not what’s supposed to happen when there is pent up demand for a new product.


That is very nicely stated. :thumbup


Then he quotes the subject of the article, Demerjian, verbatim ...

He ends on a note of doom:

“In the end, the death spiral for Microsoft is in full effect, and management is expending a lot of effort to speed it up. Anyone who dares point out that the entire system is collapsing, or worse yet suggests an alternative, gets Sinofsky’d. Or was it Guggenheimer’d? In any case, Microsoft is unwilling to change, and that is very clear. Even if they wanted to, they are culturally far beyond the point of being able to. What was a slow bleed of marketshare is now gushing, and management is clueless, intransigent, and myopic. Game over, the thrashing will continue for a bit, but it won’t change the outcome. Microsoft has failed."


Quite the phrase turner. I'm glad to see this one because so many Wall Street related articles are simply junk, they have no understanding of "Windows" or a "GUI" or even the personalities involved. It's not perfect by a long shot, but far better than most. If Wall Street and all the related outlets ever focused on the problems at hand with the consumer and the products, rather than the books and earnings, Microsoft would be finished.

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Moved topic to new location. :w00t:
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We had a big scare today over the future of this thread. The end result is that we are now in a different subforum. Let's hope that our new location offers as much public exposure to the analysis we're offering, as we have enjoyed all along.

A big THANK YOU to all, in whatever their roles, who helped to save "Deeper Impressions"!!! :thumbup

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Glad it's still going. :)

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I'm glad that thread is alive again. :w00t: I was afraid that my daily dose of news is gone. :(
Great job you guys doing here. Keep it up. :thumbup

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OK, now that we're rolling again -- here's something I came across while doing research on something else. It speaks to the efforts by Microsoft to pull its customers into the Cloud with its low-storage capacity Windows 8/RT tablets and the revamping of Office into an online service:

Electronic Communications Privacy Act

The (ECPA) has been met with criticism through the years, including its failure to protect all communications and consumer records, due to the law being outdated with the current way in which people share, store and use information. For instance, under the ECPA it is relatively easy for a governmental agency to demand service providers hand over personal consumer data that has been stored on their servers.

For instance, email that is stored on a third party's server for more than 180 days is considered by the law to be abandoned, and all that is required to obtain the content of the emails by a law enforcement agency, is a written statement certifying that the information is relevant to an investigation, with absolutely no judicial review required whatsoever. When the law was initially passed, emails were stored on a third party's server for only a short period of time, just long enough to facilitate transfer of email to the consumer's email client, which was generally located on their personal or work computer. Now, with online email services prevalent such as Gmail and Hotmail, users are more likely to store emails online indefinitely, rather than to only keep them for less than 180 days. If the same emails were stored on the user's personal computer, it would require the police to obtain a warrant first for seizure of their contents, regardless of their age. When they are stored on an internet server however, no warrant is needed, starting 180 days after receipt of the message, under the law.

(emphasis added)

This should give pause to anybody who relies on Outlook.com, Gmail, and similar online-only e-mail systems, and leaves their e-mails on the servers indefinitely. Why make it easier for snoops and busybodies to get the intimate details of your life so that you can be properly sorted, stamped, and approved?

Here's another angle, with apologies ;) to British readers: imagine if the King of England had had access to the communications that the American Revolutionaries sent to each other via the Committees of Correspondence. Had Microsoft (and yes, Google) been around back then, they would have made things a lot easier for the "swarms of Officers" that the King "sent hither"...

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Edited by JorgeA, 26 February 2013 - 01:58 AM.


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Thanks @SIW2 and @351837 for the good wishes. It's good to know that we're performing a valued service.

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I got a chance to wander around the Neowin site for a bit this morning, and here's what turned up.

More woes for the phone version of Windows:

LG says it has no plans to return to Windows Phone

A month ago, there were unconfirmed reports that LG was planning to launch new Windows Phone 8-based smartphones, after previously releasing phones that used Windows Phone 7. Now an LG spokesperson has said those rumors were just that: rumors

CNET reports that they spoke to the unnamed LG representative at the Mobile World Congress who claimed the Korean-based company has no plans to make any Windows Phone 8 smartphones. The reason? LG doesn't see enough of a demand for such a product at the moment. LG did seem to give itself a little bit of wiggle room to change its mind, with the spokesperson saying, "When there's a significant market for it, we will be on board."

(emphasis added)


More reason to be wary of depending on the Cloud for your e-mail service:

Microsoft Outlook.com and Hotmail down for some users [Update]

Of course, anybody who uses e-mail will necessarily depend on some server somewhere to deliver the goods. The difference, though, is that if you download your e-mail then it's available anytime you need it, whereas if you keep it stored in the server then you're outta luck if the server happens to be down when you need to access (for example) an old message.


And a brave soul who decided to stick his hand in the hornet's nest:

I don't care for Windows 8

Didn't read through the whole thread, but the first several replies were suprisingly mild or even sympathetic.

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In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

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Please keep up the homeric work gentlemen.

Love that quote!!

And, thanks for the encouragement.

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We had a big scare today over the future of this thread. The end result is that we are now in a different subforum. Let's hope that our new location offers as much public exposure to the analysis we're offering, as we have enjoyed all along.

A big THANK YOU to all, in whatever their roles, who helped to save "Deeper Impressions"!!! :thumbup

I just made a comment over here. I have no idea what this is all about but it looks completely ridiculous on the surface. I don't like the arbitrary-ness of this and it smells bad.

EDIT: I have thought of a possible edited title to this thread as a suggestion, and we'll see if it goes back on-topic and gets restored to its original home ...

Title: ... Windows 8 - Deeper Impressions
Subtitle: ... and related controversy and rants

Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 26 February 2013 - 10:23 AM.

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Why not just something like:

Title: ... What has Microsoft done, or not done, lately?
Subtitle: .. and related controversy and rants -- I agree that this is a very appropriate line :)

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Quoting bphlpt from What happened to Deeper Impressions thread ? because I think it fits in with recent discussions here:

I also believe that it has been getting special privilege in a way for quite a while since I'm not aware of another thread here where as much "bashing" and making fun of any company has gone on for this long without moderator interference.

It's not just here, it's just about everywhere that has traffic of any significance. However, at many other places it's the commenters who do not wish to hear Microsoft criticisms and thus they forced the issue. Recent events excluded, the MSFN community seems to be satisfied with a laissez-faire approach, which is almost unique across the Internet, which surely had a part in how this topic became so well known.

But as much as many of the thread participants have derided Neowin and certain "journalists" as being MS fanboys, it almost seems that the Deeper Impressions thread became the opposite, or "anti-MS", and much, much broader in scope than just Window 8.

I agree that "deeper impressions of Windows 8" is not an accurate handle for this topic. However, I would argue that the thread is cohesive nonetheless and that people who haven't been following since the start are finding their way by referral. In that case, topic name is basically irrelevant. In fact, I don't think I was even immediately conscious of the thread topic until the discussion of topic arose, and I've been reading for months. If I were asked, I'd refer to it as something like "that really long thread at MSFN that talks about Windows 8 and Microsoft's recent behavior". I feel this is a more "business & strategy" type discussion than "technical" but I'd also rather the topic to be positioned for maximum audience. Maybe there's no effective difference with what's been done; I can't answer that.

On becoming "anti-MS" I don't think it can be denied but the accusation of it being an "anti-Neowin" in more than spirit is inaccurate. Most of the posts in this thread are better written and more information dense than top-level articles at Neowin and many other sites. Nearly everyone directly references or refers to something previously referenced, and multiple sources are referenced routinely, which, again, is rare even for articles. This is miles away from one-liner bashing and flamewars seen on most discussion forums.

I can only speak for myself, but I claim to be tech-agnostic, which means once I become convinced that a particular technology offers advantages I will adopt it. Admittedly it would take a while for Microsoft to convince me that they have righted the ship, especially after they demonstrated that good products (Windows 7) are still possible in a sea of failure, but were Microsoft to consistently release high value products I would change my opinion. This attitude differs from "picking a team" where one needs to become emotionally involved and champion all aspects of his preferred corporation, which I become weary reading about, even regarding companies I generally think do a reasonable job.

To put it another way, I feel a strong skeptical base aids a company and its products far more than cheerleaders, and, again, I feel this way even about healthy companies. For years I felt Microsoft qualified as a company that handled criticism well by addressing large portions of it with every new release. Furthermore, Microsoft was at one point well ahead of its time by embracing "social media" before such had a name. Before the WWW was big they sought feedback and collaboration on newsgroups (have a specific reference in mind but can't locate it), and for years they set the standard for development and beta testing transparency. I feel people like me are posting in this topic, which is why I follow the discussion.

I don't mean to derail regular discussion with this aside, but I did want to justify the discussion within the topic itself as being more than simple mudslinging. The thread which originated the quote is a good place for followups: What happened to Deeper Impressions thread ?

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No argument from me about the above, and it was very well stated. Thank you. My referenced post was mainly to explain why I don't have a problem with why and where the thread was moved, I just wish the move had been executed better. As stated in the other thread, "I, too, do not care for Win 8 in general and I think that MS has made some very bad decisions for questionable motives that seem doomed for failure due to their refusal to listen to their customer base." Pointing out those mistakes, especially with multiple references and examples, is indeed very enlightening and I hope that will continue here in the thread's new home. It truly is a fun read.

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PC, Windows 8 Manufacturing To Lag Through Q2


There's "little excitement" in the PC supply chain, and some manufacturers might be "trimming their PC-Notebook portfolios" in Q2, which would be "another supply head wind to already weak PC demand," according to a research report Tuesday by Sterne Agee analyst Vijay Rakesh.

Rakesh's note also has bad news for Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 8 software and its new Surface tablet. Few manufacturers want "to build the high-priced Windows 8 tablets," Rakesh wrote.

The Windows 8 Surface tablet isn't getting very good customer feedback, either, according to Rakesh. Sterne Agee went to local retailers, including Best Buy (BBY) stores, to get feedback from users.

Could it be that the retailers and manufacturers have a better handle on users' wants and needs, as after all they sell to customers directly whereas Microsoft's connection to users is mostly indirect. And it sounds like what customers are telling them is that "touch" technology just isn't worth the added expense; while the Surface is a strange hybrid that's also overpriced in whichever category it tries to compete.

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