Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Taking a break from reporting on the latest netbook or phone rumours, Engadget posted an article yesterday about several elements in desktop operating systems writer Paul Miller finds outdated. While there's some interesting stuff in there, there's also a lot to discuss.
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lists of outdated things are outdated
by l3v1 on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 21:00 UTC
l3v1
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2005-07-06

Windows management / Solution: webOS? - Really? Always funny when people come up from the darkness of some twittered facebook theirspace and can't fathom how a computer and a network link can be put of good use besides posting live updates of their frogs' farting habits.

"Inappropriate use of touch" - Well, NC-17 night at the movies people :]

"What has my desktop OS done for me lately? [...] they also became boring [...] Solution: Try harder" - An OS shouldn't be an entertainment show. True, change's been slow in recent years, but there are other reasons besides laziness of developers or lack of visionaries in the labs: "good enough" works. If a desktop OS is good enough to enable people to work and get around, then "revolutionary" becomes disrupting. If one's focus is not just on spending time by waiting for their OS to "entertain" themselves, then "boring" can be "good". Conferences usually host a number of really nice ideas, a few of which will eventually prove to be usable (just look around on the web, ideas never stop coming). Progress doesn't stop. Change will come eventually, a lot of decent research and work is being done in HMI and UI areas. But hurrying a paradigm change because one is bored is just senseless.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

"What has my desktop OS done for me lately? [...] they also became boring [...] Solution: Try harder" - An OS shouldn't be an entertainment show.


Yeah, that was only missing some line about how desktop OSes have "jumped the shark." Next thing you know, we'll be seeing OS reviews by Stacy London.

Conferences usually host a number of really nice ideas, a few of which will eventually prove to be usable (just look around on the web, ideas never stop coming).


Or CES. We've been hearing predictions of the "death of the desktop" for, what, 15 years now?

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