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[3]: Comment by gmlongo
by Dave_K on Tue 5th Jun 2012 01:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by gmlongo"
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Widescreen pages of non-wrapping text are extremely difficult to follow because the eyes begin loosing track of individual lines. The newspaper layout may seem somewhat arbitrary but it turns out to be much easier to read that way.

Agreed. I'm amazed that some people don't get this.

On my 27" monitor browser windows typically use about 60% of the screen width. For some sites, such as those displaying large pictures, I'll maximise the window, but more often I find myself reducing the width even further.

Even spanning 60% of the screen width I find that a big block of text can be uncomfortable to read. I'll shrink it down so that the text width isn't any greater than it'd be in a paperback book. To me that makes a significant difference to my speed and enjoyment when reading.

I do the same in ebook readers, text editors, PDF viewers, and anything else where I'll be reading more than a page or two of text. Even for the simple task of consuming written words I'd find Metro's full screen limitations annoying and uncomfortable.

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RE[4]: Comment by gmlongo
by zima on Sun 10th Jun 2012 23:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by gmlongo"
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I'm amazed that some people don't get another thing...

Those who point out it's a "fault" of OSNews layout don't really propose "widescreen pages of non-wrapping text" as an alternative - but more, say, a multi-column (more than 2) layout, as is typical in "wide" print magazines.

Edited 2012-06-10 23:45 UTC

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