Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Nov 2012 01:41 UTC
Windows "Despite the fact that I've been using Windows 8 for the past three weeks, I somehow managed to overlook a rather stark feature in the OS: ads. No, we're not talking about ads cluttering up the desktop or login screen (thankfully), but rather ads that can be found inside of some Modern UI apps that Windows ships with. That includes Finance, Weather, Travel, News and so forth. Is it a problem? Let's tackle this from a couple of different angles." Hadn't seen them either - I don't use those applications - but this is pretty despicable.
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RE[7]: Ads? in MY Windows?
by UltraZelda64 on Sun 11th Nov 2012 02:55 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Ads? in MY Windows?"
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As for the speed increase with Windows 8, I suspect some of the perceived responsiveness is down to the removal of transparency, dropshadows and other visual effects from the UI. Turning off those effects was always one of the tricks for speeding up Windows 7 on a slower system. Not that I've tested this for myself when comparing 7 & 8...

Yep. As far as I can tell, Microsoft finally realized that heavy 3D and transparent glass effects were a huge drain of power and they decided to just ditch Aero. This was in response to their new idea of wanting Windows 8 to run on literally every type of computer they can, not just traditional desktops, including those that are battery-powered and already have limited life.

Unfortunately, this causes a few major compatibility problems for me. I can no longer use KatMouse to get the mouse wheel to behave in a sane way, and I can also no longer use AllSnap to allow snapping of windows both to the edges of the screen and to the sides of other windows. Together, both of these programs helped to make Windows' clunky window manager much more usable to me.

As a bonus, they managed to make all window borders a huge 8 pixels wide, and took out the GUI configuration to change it. So, a third-party application or registry hack is needed to bring it back down to, say, a more respectable and sane two pixels.

Edited 2012-11-11 03:03 UTC

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