Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 18:18 UTC
Windows There's been a bunch of Windows Phone 7 reviews out there, and most of them come to the same conclusion: great piece of software for a 1.0 release, but it does miss a few vital features. The Ars Technica review, as usual very in-depth, highlights one particular aspect of the platform that speaks to me: Windows Phone 7 has a sense of humour.
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by StephenBeDoper on Sun 24th Oct 2010 18:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ."
StephenBeDoper
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2005-07-06

Network center is just an abomination. The sole thing done right in the networking area is that you can finally connect to a wi-fi by clicking the signal icon. Almost all other changes in networking compared to windows XP and before are usability regressions. HomeGroup is nice, but it just seems like a brain-dead and inefficient workaround for network being excessively complex in Vista+.


I couldn't agree more, they actually managed to make something that's convoluted and confusing than network config under even Win9x.

After using Vista and 7 for an extended period, I get what they were going for - it seems that the "Network Center" is an attempt to abstract away the complexity of dealing with individual network adapters, connections, etc. Instead, you have a single generic network connection and Net Center (in theory) handles/hides all the behind-the-scenes complexity.

But IME that abstraction becomes a hindrance because you have to work around it whenever it doesn't work reliably (which was far too often, also IME).

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RE[4]: .
by Neolander on Mon 25th Oct 2010 12:26 in reply to "RE[3]: ."
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2010-03-08

After using Vista and 7 for an extended period, I get what they were going for - it seems that the "Network Center" is an attempt to abstract away the complexity of dealing with individual network adapters, connections, etc. Instead, you have a single generic network connection and Net Center (in theory) handles/hides all the behind-the-scenes complexity.

But IME that abstraction becomes a hindrance because you have to work around it whenever it doesn't work reliably (which was far too often, also IME).

If that was their way of thinking, it was just idiotic, because as you said...
-Either network connections work/have minor issues, and systray icons are everything you need
-Or they don't work and you need to fix it, in which case you don't want over-abstractions of the computer network going in your way anyway.

Plus even if you consider network abstractions hiding the hardware, they can be done much better than with the Network Center way. See network manager on linux : the network abstraction is used, but it's complete with per-network settings like static/dynamic IP.

Contrast with Win7 : this summer, when I made a LAN on an ad-hoc wifi network, it was only to discover that I had to dive in the internals of the control panel to manually switch DHCP on and off when switching between the Internet router and the ad-hoc network.

Edited 2010-10-25 12:36 UTC

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