Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Jun 2010 21:56 UTC
Windows Yes, the day is finally drawing closer: the day Windows XP died. October 22, 2010 will be the final and definitive day for the venerable operating system, since OEMs will no longer be able to pre-load it on netbooks after that day. I might not make myself popular around here with this, but thank god, it's about time that pile of junk is taken behind the shed.
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RE[3]: XP64 == XP
by vodoomoth on Fri 11th Jun 2010 23:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: XP64 == XP"
vodoomoth
Member since:
2010-03-30

In all the years I ran XP, I could count the number of times on one hand that it crashed, that didn't have to do with faulty hardware. It wasn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I think it stands up quite well to Win7, at least for those of us who knew what we were doing. This is especially true when you consider that XP is almost 10 years old. In all this time, Win7 is the best that MS could come up with? The file manager doesn't even support tabbed browsing, ...


I totally agree. Especially the "file manager doesn't even support tabbed browsing" part: I've written a few days ago in a comment that Microsoft should've done themselves a favor and bought FreeCommander, and ClipDiary. I also mentioned RocketDock but Steve J. would be pissed off.
No tabbed browsing in the explorer? That's a joke! No clipboard history? Joke too! What are those OS vendors thinking about? There is still room for making users experience better. I hope the guys behind Haiku, AROS and likes know better than that.

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RE[4]: XP64 == XP
by phoenix on Sat 12th Jun 2010 00:06 in reply to "RE[3]: XP64 == XP"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

How does one use tabs in a file manager?

Separate windows I can see.

Window with folder tree I can see.

But I don't see how a bunch of tabs would be useful.

Not disparaging your comment; actually curious how this would be used.

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RE[5]: XP64 == XP
by WorknMan on Sat 12th Jun 2010 00:33 in reply to "RE[4]: XP64 == XP"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

How does one use tabs in a file manager?


How does one use multiple tabs in a web browser? ;) It is the same concept really. If you need to open up 2+ folders at once, it's more handy to have them in a single window with tabs than separate windows. If you need to move/copy files from one folder to another, you just drag them over to a folder's tab.

I use Directory Opus (best file manager on the planet, btw, and one of the apps that keeps me on Windows) and once I got a taste of using tabs in a file manager, I'll never go back.

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RE[5]: XP64 == XP
by vodoomoth on Sat 12th Jun 2010 17:22 in reply to "RE[4]: XP64 == XP"
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

It's just like a web browser. Or the old Norton Commander (kudos to whoever invented it). I can't attach a picture here, but FreeCommander is... free, in all respects. So you can try it, or visit the website, there are probably a few screenshots.

This program changed parts of my experience on Windows systems. It has FTP, network drives, MD5 checking/creating, shortcuts editing, secure delete, renaming of multiple files, console launching in the current folder, and a whole bunch of options and capabilities, to the point that the menus look scary.

Just like Opera on the browser side, it allows me to lock/pin a tab and sessions are preserved. I have 8 of my most frequently used folders locked.

Rich, well-thought, very professional program with a very good experience.

The best part is being able to switch folders with only one window in the taskbar. That's what tabbed browsing (whether on a browser or explorer) is useful for (for me).

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RE[4]: XP64 == XP
by WorknMan on Sat 12th Jun 2010 00:37 in reply to "RE[3]: XP64 == XP"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

No clipboard history? Joke too!


More than that, what about a system-wide spell checker? There are plenty of 3rd party apps that will account for most of what Windows lacks (including clipboard managers), but I don't know of any app that will give me spell checking across the entire OS. I'd almost be willing to give my right nut for one though ;)

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RE[5]: XP64 == XP
by darknexus on Sat 12th Jun 2010 01:01 in reply to "RE[4]: XP64 == XP"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

More than that, what about a system-wide spell checker? There are plenty of 3rd party apps that will account for most of what Windows lacks (including clipboard managers), but I don't know of any app that will give me spell checking across the entire OS. I'd almost be willing to give my right nut for one though ;)


As far as I know, the only way you can get complete system-wide spell checking is to use OS X. *nix desktops don't have it, Windows doesn't have it. There used to be one for win9x, Spell Pro or something it was called (I really can't remember the exact name), but even it didn't give spell checking everywhere though it did account for the majority of text fields. That was a good ten years ago though, and I don't know of anything like that being developed for Windows today.

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RE[4]: XP64 == XP
by nt_jerkface on Sat 12th Jun 2010 04:52 in reply to "RE[3]: XP64 == XP"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

If you don't like the file manager then download a new one. They aren't going to provide a double paned file explorer with built in ftp support for typical users.

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RE[5]: XP64 == XP
by pandronic on Sat 12th Jun 2010 06:25 in reply to "RE[4]: XP64 == XP"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Explorer already has FTP support. Just type ftp://user:password@host/dir in your address bar.

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RE[5]: XP64 == XP
by WorknMan on Sat 12th Jun 2010 06:25 in reply to "RE[4]: XP64 == XP"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

They aren't going to provide a double paned file explorer with built in ftp support for typical users.


Then why the hell should 'non typical' users bother to upgrade? Anyway, Windows Explorer, for as bad as it sucks, actually does have ftp support.

Then you must never read about computer security.


Believe me, I have. And having used XP for about 8 years, I never had any issues related to security. For your average Joe Sixpack who will run any executable that promises them nude pics of Megan Fox, I'm sure Win7 is a huge improvement in this regard. (And maybe not even then, if they just click right past the UAC prompt.) But for your average OSNews reader? Not so much.

Edited 2010-06-12 06:26 UTC

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