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[7]: Comment by gmlongo
by lucas_maximus on Mon 4th Jun 2012 12:03 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo"
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

I would hardly call it fluff, but then again you tend to make blanket statement about subjects like there is a "right and a wrong" ... it is a visual aid, nothing more or less, you either think it has value or it doesn't, I happen to think that it does.

Performance degrading ... utter nonsense. You really don't know how these websites are built do you?

You do realise that must of this stuff is done Asynchronously so it doesn't block the browser?

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95256794


"People can't multitask very well, and when people say they can, they're deluding themselves," said neuroscientist Earl Miller. And, he said, "The brain is very good at deluding itself."

Miller, a Picower professor of neuroscience at MIT, says that for the most part, we simply can't focus on more than one thing at a time.


And when it comes to multi-tasking, I will take the word of a MIT professor over your opinion anyday.

Edited 2012-06-04 12:14 UTC

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RE[8]: Comment by gmlongo
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2012 12:14 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by gmlongo"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I would hardly call it fluff, but then again you tend to make blanket statement about subjects like there is a "right and a wrong"


...says the person who just posted like 5 comments stating that how I use my computer is wrong. Ironic much?

Performance degrading ... utter nonsense.


See what happens when you're doing some heavy lifting and you happen to mouseover on the show preview arrows. Saying it doesn't impact performance is laughable, at best.

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RE[9]: Comment by gmlongo
by lucas_maximus on Mon 4th Jun 2012 12:23 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by gmlongo"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18


...says the person who just posted like 5 comments stating that how I use my computer is wrong. Ironic much?


It sounded pretty dumb to me, when whoever designed the UI put in mechanisms that didn't require you to do that so you could get on with other things ... just me

See what happens when you're doing some heavy lifting and you happen to mouseover on the show preview arrows. Saying it doesn't impact performance is laughable, at best.


If it is heavy Network activity ... maybe. But if you are talking about CPU time or disk I/O either you have insufficient ram or I am calling bullshit.

I hit 90% CPU time on a compile on my dev box of 90+ C# projects, the compile time is more than several minutes on a Xeon CPU ... and I can browser the web fine on JS/Image heavy sites at the same time.

Edited 2012-06-04 12:25 UTC

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RE[8]: Comment by gmlongo
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2012 12:16 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by gmlongo"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

And when it comes to multi-tasking, I will take the word of a MIT professor over your opinion anyday.


That's probably because you're not reading properly. Nobody is saying here that you can do two things at once. We're stating that we'd like to be able to instantly switch between tasks - simply by adjusting our eyes, instead of using the mouse and keyboard to do so as Metro demands.

Next time, please read better.

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RE[9]: Comment by gmlongo
by lucas_maximus on Mon 4th Jun 2012 12:18 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by gmlongo"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

That's probably because you're not reading properly. Nobody is saying here that you can do two things at once. We're stating that we'd like to be able to instantly switch between tasks - simply by adjusting our eyes, instead of using the mouse and keyboard to do so as Metro demands.

Next time, please read better.


I knew exactly what you meant, I just think you are wasting your time, and Microsoft actually doing user testing and making the UI so it actually forces you to be more productive is better IMHO.

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RE[8]: Comment by gmlongo
by tooflower on Tue 5th Jun 2012 15:08 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by gmlongo"
tooflower Member since:
2012-06-05

You do realize that working on a single task does not mean that you only need a single application?

As a developer I typically have an editor (for a 'To Do' list and notes) and Word (architecture description) open beside my development environment. Add a browser for webbased documentation or stackoverflow.com answers and you have four windows for that one task you are working on.

You might argue that this is a problem for the 1%. True, but I can easily imagine many other professions needing several visible and active applications at once. Reading and replying to a research paper / contract / business proposal while researching it online. Or using the numbers from your business application in Excel to run some `What if' scenario's.

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