Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 22:04 UTC
Windows So, I've been using the Windows 8 Release Preview since it came out, almost exclusively (except for work, since I'm obviously not going to rely on unfinished and untested software for that). I already knew I could get into Metro on my 11.6" ZenBook, but on my 24" desktop, things aren't looking as rosy. Here's an illustrated guide of the most pressing issues I run into, and five suggestions to address them. Instead of just complaining, let's get constructive.
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RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2012 08:16 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by gmlongo"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

What is the difference if it's full screen or not, when you focus on a webpage? It's a "wasted" space either way


It's not. I can put my icons there, so I can quickly open them. I can put an IM window there, IRC, mail, a copy dialog, Torrent, whatever I want. This way, I can quickly switch between tasks without having to jump through hoops. It makes it much easier to see what I'm doing, and keep track of everything that's running. And I haven't even mentioned yet that without the ability to display multiple windows side-by-side, I can't actually do my job and make money. THAT is how backwards Metro currently really is.

That space certainly isn't wasted.

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RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo
by lucas_maximus on Mon 4th Jun 2012 08:29 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

The ones you gave in 90% of circumstances ... indicate via the task bar when they are done (such as copying files actually show the status in the task bar item), IM flashes, IRC chimes you and any torrent application goes and shows a system tray message.

If your use case actually consisted of tiling to sources of information for comparison that is a valid example ...

Edited 2012-06-04 08:29 UTC

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RE[7]: Comment by gmlongo
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2012 08:31 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The ones you gave in 90% of circumstances ... indicate via the task bar when they are done (such as copying files actually show the status in the task bar item), IM flashes, IRC chimes you and any torrent application goes and shows a system tray message.


I like to know what's going on. When something will be done - not just when it's done, but how long it's going to take.

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RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo
by zima on Mon 4th Jun 2012 09:06 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

What is the difference if it's full screen or not, when you focus on a webpage? It's a "wasted" space either way (and actually, when the browser window width fits to such "narrow" content it might introduce unnecessary clutter outside of it - most of the time I prefer to have blank space there, instead of icons or another app that's in the background)

^that is what I wrote (now adding some slight emphasis here and there), and for a reason; don't answer to only part like that. Yes, I can have some icons or background apps there, too, at times.

Overall, there's nothing unusual about focusing on a "core" task at hand, letting the machine follow the rest most of the time - that is the whole idea behind computers: to act as a prosthesis of sorts for our minds, freeing them for something else (OTOH, not doing that might be conducive to falling into information overload)

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RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo
by l3v1 on Mon 4th Jun 2012 09:42 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo"
l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

That space certainly isn't wasted.


Exactly, I agree. I prefer seeing other windows (even if just a relevant part of them) than not, or ven notification balloons and such if they exist. E.g. doing a remote linux upgrade and seeing the bottom part of the console window, an IM window on the side, an app window or its console output of a running program that needs a lot of time to run and meanwhile has visual or text output, and so on and so forth.

Obviously I'm not in the content-consuming-only target demographic, and being in a browser window during work is not my main activity. Thinking about it, I'd say the only app types that I use full screen are developer IDEs, everything else I use in windowed mode.

Edited 2012-06-04 09:43 UTC

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