[QUOTE=ttocsmij;2672353]#39: Windows 8 is merely next step in moving the sheep to a monthly subscription computing plan. Microsoft has been trying to accomplish this feat for many years but the general body of computer users was smart enough to thwart their plans every time. But recent generations have mostly been nontechnical and unsophisticated; with the last generation having their heads so far up their cell phones that Microsoft, the marketing geniuses that they are, finally noticed two things: (1) this and future generations have been, and will be, trained to pay for their digital access (ie, the cell phone, digital TV, etc.) by the month or by the minute, and (2) the user interface has to be Ã¼ber simple and idiot-proof because … well, you probably won’t get it anyhow so never mind.
So the “new” windows is just a stripped down version (of XP I am guessing) with a cell phone interface. The next windows will likely be cloud-based using a web browser engine with a limited level of functionality for those poor folks who still don’t have hi-speed Internet access. Microsoft is already pushing cloud-based Office programs … er, I mean apps (Microsoft renamed their programs as “apps” so the kids will recognize the terminology).
So what you’re going to see here in the way of complaints is essentially all the old power users who are used to doing something useful on their computers compared to the latest generation who basically spends their time skyping daddy (who lives in a hotel in China now), facebooking their bff-de-jour, and sharing pics of various parts of their anatomy with their tweetees via pic-app-de-jour.
It’s kind of amusing in one regard. Simple computing for the simple has always been Apple’s secret. It took Microsoft [I]how[/I] many decades to reach that level of zen, so to speak? Jobs really was a genius. Bill’s genius was in “selling” the sheep but Jobs knew what would “draw” the sheep to him which is infinitely more powerful.
As for the XP bashers: ho ho ho. You only expose your naivete and simple-mindedness denigrating XP. It runs rock solid. The ancient Pentium XP computer downstairs has been running for at least 6 months now and shows no signs of needing to be restarted even though my grandson is on it several hours a day. My Pentium D XP in the office only gets restarted when there is an update (and then ONLY when I say so*). I dread having to replace it since inquiries have already shown that some of the software I use is not supported on Win-de-jour and upgrades will run thousands of dollars.
*We recently added a laptop to the network. It had the win-de-jour (aka Win7) and we’ve noticed (besides the clumsiest user interface I’ve seen yet) that Microsoft now controls your computer via the Internet. Several times we’ve lost work when Microsoft remotely rebooted the computer without asking if it was a convenient time. Turns out this is a “feature” for updating the Microsoft mess and they regard it as a “good thing”. I guess it’s no surprise this same crew thinks Win8 is nirvana.
ciao! [/QUOTE]Spoken like a true relic, indeed.
XP is for power users?
Well maybe, providing they don’t need native support for the latest hardware.
No native USB3 support.
No TRIM support for SSDs, ermmm, come to think of it, XP can’t even align an HDD partition correctly when it creates it.
"XP is rock solid"
"Win8 is a stripped down version of XP"
Nope, It’s basically Win7 with some performance tweaks, native support for new hardware, and a different start menu (which some seem to hate).