Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 22:21 UTC
Windows Paul Allen, one of Microsoft's co-founders who left the company long ago, has posted on his blog about his experiences with Windows 8. He (surprise) likes it, but he does note a number of shortcomings and oddities - all of which are spot-on. However, he fails to address the core issue with Windows 8: it's forcing users to drill a small hole in the wall with a belt sander.
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useful blog
by feydun on Thu 4th Oct 2012 14:48 UTC
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I thought the article was really useful, basically he says he likes it, then points out a bunch of ways that it could easily be made a lot better and more usable...

Makes you wonder, how come Microsoft couldn't just get it right... but also shows that all the gnome-3 & unity bashing isn't due to those developers not doing a good job, but that even a company with vast resources and a huge number of full-time developers needs to iterate over a few years to get it right, for a significant UI change.

I'll definitely be buying it, because it's cheap initially. I probably won't register it, which probably means I won't be able to use the app store even if I wanted to. At the moment I have win7 on my desktop, along with many other OSes, and although i bought it legally it's unregistered, with hacks to deal with the reminders etc and service pack downloaded on an xp installation on the same pc. The reason - I became used to a volume-licensed XP and I know it's sad, but I find myself re-installing OSes very regularly. I resist doing it, but it happens, partly because of messing up hardware and software in ways that require considerable expertise & unnecessary fiddling.

Also, I don't see why I shouldn't have multiple non-virtual installations of the same OS on single PC. I like to use one for emergency repairs, one for trying out new software etc, and so on. Also has security uses, like QubeOS. I could use VMs & sandboxing, but there's a complexity and performance overhead. So, I can easily use up 10 re-installs in a lot less than a year, plus I can't have multiple registered copies on the same physical PC which are being used only by myself...

For people with common sense though, if you want to use windows, i think 7 is a good OS.

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