Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th May 2012 21:54 UTC
Windows A long - very long - blog post justifying all the ideas and choices behind Windows 8. We've all been here before, but it's nice to have it all summed up once again for easy reference in case we hit another yes/no debate on Windows 8 and keyboard and mouse. Anywho, the most interesting bit is that Microsoft has updated the theme of the traditional desktop, flattening it to achieve a very nice look.
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RE: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Fri 18th May 2012 23:14 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
Luminair
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2007-03-30

"Windows is almost absurdly configurable. Even the most obscure features are often tweakable through a sometimes impenetrable labyrinth of control panels, group policies, special command-line utilities, undocumented registry keys, etc. Most of these settings are changeable not only by the user, but by any program that happens to be running on the PC that decides to “tweak” something."

no, that was not a mac fanboy on a forum. that was a microsoft employee working on windows.

serenity now, serenity now....

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by WereCatf on Fri 18th May 2012 23:24 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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2006-02-15

Well, you should see this as Microsoft trying to find new niches: they're training online-comedians these days! ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by MollyC on Fri 18th May 2012 23:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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2006-07-04

I'm trying to figure out what your point is. Do you disagree with the comment, or are you upset that the comment is accurate? I can't tell what your complaining about here.

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RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by WereCatf on Sat 19th May 2012 00:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I'm trying to figure out what your point is. Do you disagree with the comment, or are you upset that the comment is accurate? I can't tell what your complaining about here.


While your question wasn't aimed at me I thought I could also answer it: I have to disagree with that assessment. For example, something being possible to alter via undocumented or unintended ways is not designed "configurable." "Configurable" means a something where you can alter it by design, where the capability for someone or something to alter the functionings of it is intended. Even when something is designed to be configurable you often need a 3rd-party tool to actually do that.

Most software on Linux, on the other hand, is designed to be configurable; their configuration - files are generally very easily editable since they are simple text-files, their respective homepages usually document quite clearly what can be configured and how, and there often aren't any unintended or undocumented configuration options at all.

Can't really comment on OSX as I have used it only very briefly, but in general I have an image that it is a lot less configurable than Windows.

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RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Sat 19th May 2012 01:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

the point is they're basically saying everything the company has done is wrong. so either microsoft was always wrong, or the guys in command of the billion dollar behemoth today are wrong. these ideas are too opposed to both be right.

if you agree with that premise, you probably also agree that the people who turned microsoft into the billion dollar company weren't stupid. the people who inherited it are.

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