Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Jan 2014 23:13 UTC
Windows

Microsoft is once again planning to alter the way its Start Screen works in Windows 8.1 Update 1. While the software giant originally released Windows 8.1 last year with an option to bypass the "Metro" interface at boot, sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the upcoming "Update 1" for Windows 8.1 will enable this by default. Like many other changes in Update 1, we’re told the reason for the reversal is to improve the OS for keyboard and mouse users.

Wow, a touch interface does not work with a mouse and keyboard. Who saw that coming.

I expect photos of many people eating crow.

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RE[6]: It's really not so bad...
by novad on Fri 31st Jan 2014 13:08 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: It's really not so bad..."
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I didn't realise that "usability" was a major concern for a systems administrator.


It is... If not that means you're a masochist. If the exact same thing can be done with one click or with tinkering around 2 hours I chose the "one click".

I've certainly never met one who cared about usability at the expense of flexibility


Neither do I. I prefer to choose a convenient method when it's available... When not... Then let's go the hard way.

A lot of pre-written manifests/cookbooks/stacks/script are available for the various configuration management tools I mentioned, too.


Well... Looks like you sometimes also chose "prewritten" stuff instead of the flexibility of fully handmade configuration ;)

The problem with these pre-written manifests/cookbooks/stacks/script is that these are external tools (mostly). You must double-check everything before you can use them. That's still quicker than writing them yourself but isn't exactly funny.

Right, which is directly comparable to the stuff you can do with Chef or Puppet. Hell I can run Ruby directly on the host I'm configuring and break out from there to all sorts of Gems if I want to.


Sure... And that's good so. But for me this kind of solution is to be used only if nothing else is left. Scripts can be very dangerous. It's much easier to make a mistake while changing a script than unticking a checkbox.

But lets not pretend that mucking about with ADMX's is simple (or for that matter, creating your own)


Adding official ADMX files to an AD is really easy. If you have never done that simply try once. Creating ADMX files is much more complicated. That's true... But except in very specific cases i'll never try to make my own ADMX files. What isn't covered with available ADMX files is done through scripting.

As I already said. That doesn't let a lot left.

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