Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 17:05 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Mike Elgan at Cult of Mac: "It must surely be a sign of the impending apocalypse that Microsoft's operating systems have 'more taste' than Apple's. I'm referring, of course, to Apple's inexplicable use of skeuomorphic design in iOS and OS X apps, and contrasting that with Microsoft's stark avoidance of such cheesy gimmickry in the Windows 8 and Windows Phone user interfaces. A skeuomorphic design in software is one that 'decorates' the interface with fake reality - say, analog knobs or torn paper. The problem is worse than it sounds." Won't come as a surprise to anyone that I wholeheartedly agree with this one. iOS and Mac OS X are ruined by an incredibly high Microsoft BOB factor. I have no idea how - or if - Apple will address this, or if the current downward spiral is going to continue.
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Trollbait article
by wocowboy on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 10:48 UTC
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Who cares? Some people like fake leather and torn bits of paper and some people don't. The world does not end or stop turning because it exists or does not. I used to use WindowBlinds desktop themes that brought all sorts of fun looks to my Windows desktop, steampunk devices and buttons, how is that different from what this article is railing about. It's called personal preference and is what makes being able to have your desktop look the way YOU want it to, instead of what Mike Elgan wants.

Along with seemingly everyone else on here, I also loathe the Win 8 desktop and the entire experience, from using the previews. The Jekyll/Hyde thing turned me off within 5 minutes of using the first preview.

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