Friday, September 16, 2011

5 deal-breaking flaws in Windows 8

I agree with this article. I absolutely love Window 7. In fact I talk about it little, not because it is bad, but because it is trouble free. It works. So I'm not in anti-MS mode. I live in a world that happily accommodates both iOS and Windows.

Now MS wants to enter the brave "old" world (after all the iPad is 1.5 years old) and has tacked a touchscreen interface on the front of what still looks like Win 7, sort of. It is a jarring and unpleasant experience. I read through the comments on this article and I laughed then I got to the one that simply asked "Microsoft Bob 2?". That nails it. If not Bob then consider this. If Vista was Me 2, maybe this is Me 3?

There is still time MS. Please reconsider and give us the choice to bypass Metro entirely. Make it a touch-tablet option. You can do it MS. Don't shoot yourself in the foot again.

If you are wondering I did download and run the Win 8 preview on Virtual Box (a virtual machine). So I have tried it. I'm sticking with 7 unless this silliness is sorted out.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Metro-style Internet Explorer 10 ditches Flash, plugins

"The rationale is a familiar one: plugin-based content shortens battery life, and comes with security, reliability, and privacy problems. Sites that currently depend on the capabilities provided by Flash or Silverlight should switch to HTML5."

Will Ballmer Kick Off Windows 8 Consumer Beta at CES?

Well Folks MS is going to do it again - a new OS both for your Smartphine and Desktop/laptop and one for the Server too! I can't wait. Didnt Apple just do this?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Michael Hart

I never knew his name, but his is an amazing story. He started the eBook revolution by typing the Declaration of Independence. What he started became Project Gutenberg. He passed away on September 6.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11

The On Computers family joins the entire USA and world in remembering the victims, survivors, and families of 9/11 on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack. At some point during the day, please take a moment to remember and reflect.

Remembering Dr. Rick

Jayna, Sue and I had the privilege of attending the memorial service for Dr. Rick in Stockton, CA yesterday. We carried you there in our hearts. Rick's brother Ron specifically mentioned us as Rick's friends. We will remember him.