Well said ...
The ONLY smart way to decide upon an OS is to chose the software that
does the job you need done, then chose the OS that runs it best.
Denigrating other folks choice in an operating system is the
unmistakable sign of an ignorant fool.
I wonder what "other" is?
Linux will always have a small share. It doesn't force hardware sellers
into exclusive agreements, it doesn't advertise except by word of mouth,
and it requires a user to have a bit more computer savvy than MS or Apple
And, to be fair, it is lacking in some areas, like CAD and high end games.
When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and
carrying a cross.
they let a few nutjobs take over the design of this OS when the A-team was out
to lunch. Nothing is intuitive. Simple things, like moving a file from one
folder to another, require one to use Explorer. Even "my computer" no longer
resides on the desktop. There are two interfaces -- the tiles version and one
that kinda mimics the familiar XP version. The former is loaded with a lot of
I appreciate your sharing your experience as I have been looking at
laptops. Windows7 is superior to the new one, huh? Does yours have a
I have a friend that is the head IT engineer for a school system
here. We get together and test out bourbons and smoke cigars and
talk things over in general.
He assured me at our last outing that I needed to buy myself a copy of
Windows 7 and put it aside for later use. He snarled and bristled for
a half hour about all the things that were wrong with Win 8, and
assured me it was as bad as the change to Vista from XP, and probably
According to his opinion, 8 was designed to be compatible with the
Windows Phone and its upcoming OS, not for desktops or laptops.
Yet another misfire from the good folks at Microsoft.
Gotta disagree on this one ... IT folks are the most change resistant bunch
on the planet, bar none, and have to be dragged kicking and screaming to
anything new that upsets their current technical infrastructure.
I'm willing to bet with anyone that the next decade sees more "Win8 type"
UI in Enterprise computing than most can currently imagine. Might not be a
MSFT OS, but it will certainly be a similar iteration GUI, and it will not
be readily accepted by IT, just as tablets and iPhones were not welcomed by
IT just three years ago.
But, and it's a big but ... We gotta go through the FUD cycle first, just
as was done with Vista's UAC component, which caused most of the teeth
It sounds like you did real well! I was mainly looking for something to
attach to a big screen tv, so I have been looking at those with HD,
1080P (1920x1080)--matching the TV. Most (all?) of the candidates seem
to have "4000HD" (integrated) graphics. Has anyone tried streaming video
from web pages this way with success in the way of video quality? I
have a hunch it will be hit and miss. I doubt Roy Underhill's show is
recorded (at PBS) in HD, for instance, but I'm assuming a laptop as
described would give the best possible configuration. I'll be sure to
try to avoid Windows8until I hear kinder words said about it! I was
mildly enthusiastic aboutthe touchscreen concept, but now I think I'll
sit on thesideline and hear more what those on the front line have to
Well, that's good to know. I will be sure to check that the unit I get
has an HDMI output jack. I was rather taking it for granted that an HD
laptop would have that--and I know it's not good to assume...
My wife talked me into going to Best Buy tonight (really), and I was
many different laptops and tablets they had. Virtually all had Windows
8. There are
definitely more 1080P units than they had just a few months ago, and
So am I to understand that you can make Windows 8 play just like Windows7?
I should have tried it while I was at the store...
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