Windows 8 looks ugly?

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by James D Andrews, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. Does anyone else think the new Windows 8 Metro-style screen previewed
    is ugly and bulky looking?

    Just my opinion, though. It seems from what I've seen and read so far
    (still very little, though, since the Build Conference just started),
    Windows 8 is essentially designed to turn your computer into a big
    Windows Phone.

    Fortunately, for the stubborn old mules like me, "Classic" style will
    supposedly be available ... there's an app for that.

    Maybe it's time I learned Linux?

    -There are some who call me...

    "Facts are the enemy of truth."
    - Don Quixote - "Man of La Mancha"
    James D Andrews, Sep 13, 2011
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  2. James D Andrews

    - Bobb - Guest

    There is a place for "tapping" a screen. but since Microsoft doesn't really
    innovate, they just copy the popular things, here's what Windows 8 will look
    like. Try entering Spreadsheet info on THAT thing. From the look of this,
    Microsoft will try to get users to "rent" Windows, subscribe to "services"/

    Once XP was sold and PC's got a lot of memory, most homeusers really had no
    need to upgrade. they are trying desperately to get users to SUBSCRIBE to
    their services. Remember when you had a dumb terminal and the mainframe had
    the programs/ did all the work and just displayed it on the dumb terminal ?
    Well IBM/Microsoft got a lot of that onto the PC desktop and then ... there
    it stayed.

    There's no money in that ,so folks from Microsoft are trying to drag the
    home consumer - back to the mainframe - THEIR CLOUD. So it will be like your
    cable bill, phone bill .... "a computer bill" that you'll pay monthly.
    - Bobb -, Sep 14, 2011
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  3. I've tried Linux (Ubuntu) several times but always gave up.
    Ubuntu is an excellent operating system but the software that I use and
    rely on will only run under Windows and not under Linux.
    Erik Vastmasd, Sep 14, 2011
  4. James D Andrews

    Paul Guest

    Just out of curiosity, have you tried WINE for your Windows programs ?

    I have WINE loaded in Ubuntu which I run in a virtual machine, and I
    test Windows software installers in it. WINE keeps a section of hard
    drive as a "C:" drive, and the installer thinks it's on a real PC. WINE
    still has a lot of rough edges, but it is worth a try just to see how
    it works. There are things like "regedit" and "notepad" there too,
    to make you feel at home. And something like "wine /uninstall" brings
    up the Add/Remove control panel, in case you want to do a windows uninstall
    of a program you put there.

    I wouldn't want to bet my life on it working (like have a work project
    hosted that way), but for trivial experiments like the ones I run,
    it's good enough. I test Windows software there, so it won't mess up
    my main OS. The last installer I tested, didn't run to completion,
    but I still got enough of it to work, to prepare a file list from the

    Paul, Sep 14, 2011
  5. - Bobb - banged his head on his keyboard to write :
    Ah, yes... "to the cloud!"
    Yeah, that's where it looks like they're headed.

    I read today they're pushing for everyone to have a tablet or a
    touch-screen. As cool as touch screen is, it's not practical for all
    office environments - certainly not mine.
    Not to mention I've got grandchildren. Toddlers & touch screen is
    really asking for trouble.

    -There are some who call me...

    "Facts are the enemy of truth."
    - Don Quixote - "Man of La Mancha"
    James D Andrews, Sep 14, 2011
  6. No I haven't.
    Thanks for the tips Paul.
    I've kept a copy of your email as a reference.
    I'm buying a new computer shortly so I will try Wine on my current
    computer after I setup the new computer and get it running.
    Erik Vastmasd, Sep 15, 2011
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