Don't believe all the naysayers about the underlying OS itself, as
technically it is one of MSFT's best operating systems yet, very resource
efficient, fast and relatively more secure than any MSFT consumer OS to
date (notice the word "relatively", no such thing as a totally secure OS,
just one that hasn't been targeted).
It is the GUI that throws everyone, and that can be infuriating because it
is such a drastic sea change and humans simply don't like change. I'm not a
big fan of the Win8 GUI myself, but having run it on a seven year old
laptop since it came out I find myself getting used to it, and appreciating
most parts of it.
Short story - because you are human you will NOT like it at first because
of the GUI, but you will like the benefits of the underlying technical
aspects, so try it for an extended period and see if the angst doesn't
become more tempered than not ... and do keep in mind it is a first
iteration, and you do have the option to use the classic desktop.
And yes, it does run Sketchup, handily.
As far as your media center:
Get a Raspberry Pi for $40 and load up xbmc:
My objection is to the touch interface. On anything of any size, the
motion of the hands and fingers on the touch screen will create a whole
new set of syndroms. The act of hold your arms outward for any lenght
of time is going to create stress in the upper arm shoulder areas. To
move the to the exteme for the point imaging use 70" screen with a touch
"Any size" is any thing that one would use for spreadsheets, accounting,
word processing, or presentation programs. Serious user will not be
running these programs on a 4X6 screen.
For those people alread with movement problems, the extra arm movement
will be impossible.
Personnally my screen has not icons. All of my programs are accessed
from the tool bar at the bottom of the screen.
The screen is for my photographs that I use as wall paper. I don't like
the idea of having the screen covered with large icons that prevent
seeing the background.
That is not the way things are headed, and a good argument can be made
that the necessity to "hold your arms outward" is fast becoming a thing
of the past, AND _particularly because of the advent of technology very
similar to the Win8 GUI!_
You are with most folks ... and I actually agree with you to a large
extent with regard to the Win8 GUI.
But, lets look forward to the future big picture, particularly in the
context of historical human behavior/interaction with "content"
presented by advances in technology (the quill pen, paper, the Gutenburg
press, computers, et al).
Until the last 30 years, most of human reading and writing as been done
on a horizontal surface, with a book or paper on a desk top.
It has only been in the last 50 years that the switch to a predominant
vertical display has been present in human interaction with
technological advances in the display of content ... basically since the
advent of the computer, movie screens, etc.
There is no doubt that the vertical display (computer monitor) excels in
the area of "presentation" of content, but not necessarily in the world
of "design" and other similar workplace tasks, particularly with regard
to "collaboration"in those areas.
Fast forward to the current cutting edge of technology where there have
been many studies relating to the benefits of horizontal displays
(displays built into the desktop itself), particularly in enterprise
situations where collaboration is most often a necessity.
Now, take a look again at Win8 and tell me where MSFT is betting the
future of computing is headed (the traditional PC, as we have known it
for 30 years, is fading fast, witness declining sales and prices),
particularly with regard to a more traditional human form of computer
Enter tablets, mobile devices, and _horizontal displays in the
IOW, it all depends on how you look at it. LOL
What's ironic is that the one's screaming the loudest about the Win8
glimpse of the future, the Enterprise (their IT departments, mostly),
will most likely be the biggest beneficiaries over time.
Human's just don't like their damn cheese being moved ... <G>
I have not seen any great successes in 3D movies. There are people who
because of common eye problems can not watch 3D movies.
I believe they are like the areocar and the land/water vehicles, and
will always be the coming thing.
Go to 5:30 for a glimpse of what MSFT is preparing for.
Reminds of when the dude whispered "plastics" in Dustin Hoffman's ear
... can you spell Graphene?
There aren't that many touch screens around Bill, not for laptops or
desktops. They are mostly tablets... so win8 is a miss.
As far as what Swingy said, really when you work at a screen all day and
need to do what I do, you need a keyboard. Touching a screen to type is
just ridiculous. putting your fingers where you need to view too.
I'm not against the tablet for many worker types. But they are not for
every type of worker.
Microsoft asked that question and came up with an answer: They'll turn
on features for different OS levels and turn off other, less relavent
features at others. (Most system admins don't want to see Solitaire and
Freecell installed by default on a server.)
That's why there's Home, Pro, Enterprise and all those other editions.
Why not have two shells? Most people won't understand why their tablet
displays one thing while their desktop displays another. Education is
expensive, and will probably be deemed not worth it.
The only reason to buy W8 is if you have a touch screen. Right now
your best bet is to find a unit sitting on the shelf with W7. I got
an email from Acer yesterday and they still have a couple to sell in
their clearance page.
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
for the inevitable questions about this strange and wonderful O_0 new M$
offering. They are clearly catering to the can't be bothered to orally
communicate (or even look where they are going) smart phone crowd.
There are a number of add-ons to make it act like Win7, but if you came
from XP, woe to you! Abandon all hope as you are now a neophyte all over
again. If you choose door #1 and go for one of the add-ons you may also
need to visit:
Good luck and have fun!
Which brings to mind an old classic:
"What if Operating Systems were Airlines ?"
Each passenger brings a piece of the airplane and a box of tools to the
airport. They gather on the tarmac, arguing constantly about what kind
of plane they want to build and how to put it together. Eventually, they
build several different aircraft, but give them all the same name. Some
passengers actually reach their destinations. All passengers believe
they got there.
Disgruntled employees of all the other OS airlines decide to start their
own airline. They build the planes, ticket counters, and pave the
runways themselves. They charge a small fee to cover the cost of
printing the ticket, but you can also download and print the ticket
yourself. When you board the plane, you are given a seat, four bolts, a
wrench and a copy of the seat-HOWTO.html. Once settled, the fully
adjustable seat is very comfortable, the plane leaves and arrives on
time without a single problem, the in-flight meal is wonderful. You try
to tell customers of the other airlines about the great trip, but all
they can say is, "You had to do what with the seat?"
The terminal is pretty and colorful, with friendly stewards, easy
baggage check and boarding, and a smooth take-off. After about 10
minutes in the air, the plane explodes with no warning whatsoever.
Windows NT Air/Windows XP/Windows/7
Just like Windows Air, but costs more, uses much bigger planes, and
takes out all the other aircraft within a 40-mile radius when it explodes.
All the stewards, stewardesses, captains, baggage handlers, and ticket
agents look the same, act the same, and talk the same. Every time you
ask questions about details, you are told you don't need to know, don't
want to know, and would you please return to your seat and watch the movie.
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