Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Sep 2013 15:11 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

With Intel's new Haswell chip, manufacturers can choose to either build slimmer notebooks or try to optimize battery life as much as possible. Dell has clearly shown its dedication to the latter with the new Inspiron 11 3000 series. Budget notebooks don't always have big batteries, but Dell claims the $379 Haswell version of the Inspiron 11 lasts up to eight hours and 20 minutes on a single charge.

Something I've been pondering for a while: if we can have high-quality tablets and smartphones at low prices, why can't we have high-quality laptops at said prices too? Cheap laptops are almost always crap, but this Inspiron 11 actually looks like it could reverse the trend. Since I don't really need an expensive laptop anymore, a cheap but still relatively high quality 11" laptop is right up my alley. Is anyone aware of any alternatives?

Also, when did Dell find the design stick?

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RE[14]: Is it OSsified?
by hamster on Fri 20th Sep 2013 08:22 UTC in reply to "RE[13]: Is it OSsified?"
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In win7 it opens pdfs in whichever application you chose as the default handler.
Windows 8 happens to have a metro application as the default handler, so you would need to associate the filetype with a desktop application.
Win8 will behave *exactly* like win7 if you just change the default app via "open with".

On windows 7 pdf files i open on the web opens in the browser. On windows 8 it opens in metro...

When the user is looking for something, a huge cluttered list is more difficult to navigate. This method is simpler and more intuitive.
Regardless, metro is more than just the start screen. It's also about the modern application style with the tiling window manager.

So all the "live tiles" do not add clutter?

Surely you have noticed how much better the copy dialog is, the extra functionality available in explorer via task pinning, the ribbon interface's improved feature prominence...

I use my windows 8 install for testing a client app not for playing around with new "innovations" from ms so no i havent seen the new copy dialog. Ribbon interface is up there with metro when it comes to design fuckups.

You did miss something. Every desktop application has more features and uses less resources.
Also, the modern interface is far more than just the start screen. It also doesn't really have to tie with touch, it works perfectly without it.

So finely ms figured out that they have to cleanup their code insted of relying on people to buy new hw to run their os. Good for them. But the same could be said about windows 7 if i am not mistaken

Why do you have a start menu?
Trawling through a list is a waste of time, when it is far faster and easier to type 2-3 letters, hit return and have the correct application run via search.
The "all programs" listing is there for when one forgets the name of something, but apart from that, the tiles enable quick and prominent access just like pinned start menu apps used to.
Otherwise, it's , and you're working.
Waving a mouse about fishing for something is very slow by comparison.
Please give a good reason for having a huge heirarchical listing when search allows one to get on with work faster.

You do know that you can search in the windows 7 start menu aswell? And when do so in windows 7 you don't need to switch to a fullscreen start menu...

The point of metro is to bring the dated and cluttered interface forward with modern trends.
Applications should be about *content*, not buttons and menus scattered all over the place.
We have hotkeys and gestures for that.
It's more intuitive to have functionality reveal itself when needed, and get out of the way when it's not.
Functionality should also be contextual, only being available when it's actually applicable.
These sorts of movements towards iHCI are a large part of modern UI design.

If you only want functionality when its applicable i do not understand why you want to clutter your start menu with information that is not contextual. If i need to start a program i do not need a "live tile" showing pictures. That is not contextual information when i need to start a browser or what not...

I do believe we just have to agree on not agreeing on metro being a pile of bubu or usefull...

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