Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Nov 2012 15:49 UTC
Windows "Yesterday my desktop died, and so I went ahead and got a brand new Windows 8 laptop. It's always been my feeling that as years go on, user experience has been going down for people who use a computer and the Internet, because of decisions all companies make that are clearly anti-user, either because they think they know best, or in many cases, for financial gains. But from spending all night reinstalling everything and customizing the laptop, I realized just how bad it has become." Probably the biggest reason to go Mac or Linux. Such a shame Microsoft found it more important to pressure OEMs into silly Secure Boot nonsense instead of doing something about the anti-user crapware disaster. Goes to show who Microsoft cares about. Hint: it ain't you.
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RE[5]: Comment by shmerl
by Morgan on Tue 13th Nov 2012 05:16 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by shmerl"
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I think Motorola deserves some credit for the Android adoption numbers here in the US, due to their huge "Droid" advertising campaign. In the same vein as metonyms like "Kleenex" for tissues, "Coke" for carbonated soft drinks, and "Tylenol" for pain relievers, Android phones of any make are known as "Droids" around here.

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RE[6]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Tue 13th Nov 2012 05:49 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by shmerl"
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Not sure, I actually heard "Droid" only in context of Motorola models.

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RE[7]: Comment by shmerl
by Morgan on Tue 13th Nov 2012 07:25 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by shmerl"
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I guess it depends on the region. Here in the southeastern United States, it seems that metonyms are much more common than in the rest of the country. I know that there's also a divide between techie types who call them "Android phones" or even by the actual device name, and your average user who tends to call any smartphone that's not an iPhone a "Droid". I've even heard someone call a BlackBerry Torch a "Droid" because it was a touchscreen device.

Of course, down here most people refer to wireless headsets as "Bluetooths" which is wrong on so many levels!

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