229 posts • joined 28 Sep 2007
The funny thing is that when I first used windows 8 I immediately thought that the metro/start/tiles thing could really work well as a "smart" start menu with live tiles and so on. I was thinking that if you could lock it to a secondary touchscreen display it would be an excellent place for notifications and tickers and the start menu......................
Re: Is it just me.....
@Robert Long 1
....and the governement is so good at these secret conspiracies that no-one finds out about. It's so easy as no secrets ever leak do they. Particularly when it will need probably thousands of people that know about it.
Anyway weaponised smallpox? Yeah lets just say it won't be on anywhere you're planning to send in the troops to will it. Biological weapons are't exactly predictable are they?
Hate the US all you like but try and use your brain now and again. That tinfoil isn't helping.
I'm not a frequent visitor to the site but a few several years ago I typed in the url direct.gov.uk abd got a front page article entitled:
"Unemployed? Claim benefit online at a time to suit you."
I have been unemplyed though I have never claimed benefit but it I did want to I can be sure thant most of the time would have suited me ok!
Re access. It's not a great database for proper multi-user database applications, but it's a bloody wonderful RAD solution for the horrors you find lurking in Excel.
RE 1-2-3 I wote macros for it and remember they had a few decent features in later versions but nope they were beatend fair and square. Funnily enough the other obvious place a MS product whacks the compeditor is Outlook vs Notes. (The Notes client being clearly designed to make the user pay for sins in a prior life).
Re: There are always some bad eggs...
I have seen both excellent and appalling code produced by both permanent staff and contractors and likewise found EUC-developed tactical apps that were really well written and seen big strategic systems that were a disaster.
There are plenty bad coders out there. I reckon each one creates work for several competent developers.
Corporate roll-out schedules
Alas we're on IE8 here that came with our more to Win 7 from WinXP/IE6 hell this year.
Not sure that IE9 will happen any time soon as every browser change requires retesting of a vast number of internal web-based apps. Of couse there is no need for them to have been web-based but that is another story.
Having alternated between Notes and Outlook clients over the years I always assumed that there must be some hidden benefits as there certainly weren't any obvious ones. When I used it c2000-2 the user interface was a clearly worse than outlook...express. (I actualy used OE with Hotmail for my personal mail then as it was easier). I encountered notes again in 2005-7 and 2010-11 and I could detect barely any improvement.
There may be some great features for the BoFHs but there certainly weren't any for the users.
Scepticism is useful
Generally scientists are best off as sceptics, requireing proof on a theory before accepting it. "Belief" is something appropriate to Theology and such.
"Climate Change Denier" is a form of words cleantly meant to create some fuzzy equivalence between expressing doubts about global warming to claiming the Holocaust didn't happen. I find this a rather distatesful attempt at cheap politics.
Myself I find the general theory plasible, but the projections of it's impact to be politicised and unreliable and the policy prescriptions variously inconsistent, self-interested or plain daft.
I'm normally up for a new release. Even Vista had UI improvements over XP which made it a wrench going back, though I only ever installed it on a laptop. Hoever I'm really unclear where they are going with the Metro UI in the desktop world.
Certainly I can't see it being rolled out in any large office environment, though I thing most larger corporates are currently going through the XP to Win 7 deployment so won't be looking to upgrade for another five years or so. By then they should have worked out where they are going with the classic desktop which I think will be aroud for a good while yet.
for myself I think it could work well as a mediacentre OS and I might try it out on my old dell netbook this weekend.