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14. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 20, 2013, 10:29 Quboid
 
Beamer wrote on May 20, 2013, 09:59:
PHJF wrote on May 20, 2013, 08:43:
Everyone should know what a differential is! All people should strive to achieve a modicum of understanding of those basic devices and principles which are so ubiquitous in modern life. I don't need to be surrounded by even more people spouting drivel about "the cloud" because they saw some talking head droning on about it.

Is this akin to complaining that everyone should know how to rebuild their transmission?
Screw that, I just want a fast rolling 5-60, great handling, and will pay someone else to fix my damn car.

I'm not sure anyone's going to listen to car advice from someone named after the idiot's choice.

(I don't know if that translates internationally but in the UK, BMW owners are notorious for being bad drivers.)

This is what I mean - if Beamer spent a year learning how his car works in detail (however sufficient detail is defined), and years also learning how all the multitude of other stuff in his life worked, he'd have little time to learn anything that everyone else doesn't also know. It's better for him, and everyone else, to specialise to some degree and then defer to a mechanic or whomever when something outside of his speciality comes up.

This is the essence of civilisation in the dictionary definition of the word. Division of labour, division of skills, leading to a massive increase of both.

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13. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 20, 2013, 09:59 Beamer
 
PHJF wrote on May 20, 2013, 08:43:
Everyone should know what a differential is! All people should strive to achieve a modicum of understanding of those basic devices and principles which are so ubiquitous in modern life. I don't need to be surrounded by even more people spouting drivel about "the cloud" because they saw some talking head droning on about it.

Is this akin to complaining that everyone should know how to rebuild their transmission?
Screw that, I just want a fast rolling 5-60, great handling, and will pay someone else to fix my damn car.
 
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12. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 20, 2013, 09:21 InBlack
 
And then there are the real headscratchers. Like how something that only takes two or three clicks in Win7 is now a convulted operation that requires five or six clicks (if you can find the icons) or an Alt + key, plus search or something. How anyone (in the decision making process) thought that making operations more complicated and at the same time less logical is somehow 'better' for the end user is beyond me....  
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11. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 20, 2013, 08:43 PHJF
 
Everyone should know what a differential is! All people should strive to achieve a modicum of understanding of those basic devices and principles which are so ubiquitous in modern life. I don't need to be surrounded by even more people spouting drivel about "the cloud" because they saw some talking head droning on about it.  
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10. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 20, 2013, 08:28 Quboid
 
InBlack wrote on May 20, 2013, 07:28:
Well for one I cant see my taskbar, there is none. There is no control panel (at least I havent found one), sure I can access all the relevant tools and devices but I have to 'search' for them. The whole damn OS is just damn constrictive and unintuitive. Do you really want me to go into more detail? I mean its not like Im making shit up as I go along. Its really a pain in the ass for someone used to Win7 or even XP.

That's Modern UI (aka Metro). Don't use it and you've got an improved version of Windows 7.

But in more general terms - yes, we see less of what's under the hood. That's because what is under the hood is growing in complexity, while users, on average, know less. That's not because people are getting thicker, that's because usage has increased enormously over the last couple of decades and naturally those who know more or have an affinity with this stuff will have adopted earlier.

This is pretty much how civilisation works. We're all standing on the shoulders of giants. I don't know how a pen really works, I only know bits and bobs about how my TV works, hell I don't know how to make a book. I can't even start a fire without standing on the shoulders of giants; i.e. without benefiting from someone else who knew how to make matches, build a lighter or even recognise what the heck flint looks like.

If my mother wants to write an email to her sister, she shouldn't need to know what a processor or RAM is any more than she should need to know what an axle differential is to drive to the shops.

Of course, the more technical stuff should still be accessible - and it is. Just don't use Modern UI. Ever.
 
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9. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 20, 2013, 08:13 Redmask
 
Just disable Metro, all of that stuff is there in Desktop view and easily accessible. Metro gives zero benefits to PC users, its a pointless addition that isn't doing them any favors judging by the confusion in the marketplace we're seeing (your example is a good one).  
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8. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 20, 2013, 07:28 InBlack
 
Well for one I cant see my taskbar, there is none. There is no control panel (at least I havent found one), sure I can access all the relevant tools and devices but I have to 'search' for them. The whole damn OS is just damn constrictive and unintuitive. Do you really want me to go into more detail? I mean its not like Im making shit up as I go along. Its really a pain in the ass for someone used to Win7 or even XP.  
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7. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 20, 2013, 07:14 Fibrocyte
 
InBlack wrote on May 20, 2013, 03:45:
I love how with every new Windows we lose so much ability to actually see whats going on under the hood, so to speak, not to mention how we continually keep getting a product that is less usable than the previous version. All in the service of the almighty lowest common denominator. In like 50 years most people wont even understand what a processor is, or what RAM does, everything will work like magic and if it doesnt then you will press a button and an engineer (magician) with remote access will fix it for you....Fuck you Microsoft.

Cite examples of what you can no longer see in Windows 8 vs Windows 7, please.
 
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6. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 20, 2013, 03:45 InBlack
 
I love how with every new Windows we lose so much ability to actually see whats going on under the hood, so to speak, not to mention how we continually keep getting a product that is less usable than the previous version. All in the service of the almighty lowest common denominator. In like 50 years most people wont even understand what a processor is, or what RAM does, everything will work like magic and if it doesnt then you will press a button and an engineer (magician) with remote access will fix it for you....Fuck you Microsoft.  
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5. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 19, 2013, 21:23 Quboid
 
With a start menu replacement (Stardock's Start8, I think) and its boot to desktop setting, Windows 8.0 is just a slightly improved Windows 7. If this is coming in Windows 8.1, there's no reason to pick any other version of Windows IMHO, if you do need to buy a new copy.  
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4. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 19, 2013, 20:06 DangerDog
 
I'll just use start is back when the time comes, removes charms, boots to desktop, brings back the start menu.  
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3. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 19, 2013, 18:40 NegaDeath
 
Unfortunately desktop mode improvements will be far and few between as they would prefer to phase it out completely. To hell with their existing userbase with PC's/laptops, if you aren't buying their new hardware you aren't on their radar.  
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2. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 19, 2013, 16:47 CJ_Parker
 
Julio wrote on May 19, 2013, 16:01:
Here's everything I need to know about Windows 8.1...don't install it

w0rd. Win 8.1 looks absolutely horrible. It would be so easy for Microsoft to improve upon Windows 7 with a few simple steps:

- Either gives us back our old quicklaunch bar or copy a concept like RocketDock so we can keep a clean desktop but still access our program shortcuts quickly and smoothly. Drop the horrendous super-taskbar or whatever the hell you like to call that retarded mess.

- Make more use of the status bar (the way it used to be back in the day!). There's so much info they could display at the bottom of the screen when showing a folder. Like the folder size, how much % it is of the disk space, the free space on the drive and so on...
Instead I have a 1440p screen with a mostly grey status bar that takes up a huge amount of space on the bottom and only displays "15 items". What a waste of valuable screen estate. They could let us choose to display so much more useful info down there.

- General improvements to Windows Explorer... why do we have to use so many 3rd party tools for simple stuff like (batch) renaming of files etc.? Over the years they should have turned Explorer into a perfect file management tool but instead it's only gotten more tedious to handle folders and files.

Or generally speaking: Look at Windows 7 and don't "fix" what ain't broken. Take a deep, hard look at usability improvements, at convenience features and UI improvements but who the fuck's idea was it to go tablet-style for desktop PCs just because tablets happen to be en vogue? Fire that fucking retard and start over, kthx!
 
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1. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 19, 2013, 16:01 Julio
 
Here's everything I need to know about Windows 8.1...don't install it  
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