I have already upgraded to Windows 8 Professional,
Kinda silly of me but I instantly deleted my old windows 7 SSD so I could save games on it
Anyway I have no real problems with the software, its mainly just a few bugs that I am sure will be fixed by general release, such as the sidebars activating in-game (Made me lose a LOL Game before I twigged what it was)
But its working smoothly with no problems so far
I'm not interested in touchphones, (have a Sony Experia, which I only use for phone calls/text messages, SAT/NAV), iPad, Tablet, laptops or social internet. I don't even watch the news on TV, let alone on a smartfone. And as for writing word docs, or xcel on a screen the size of two match boxes ... it's insanity. And who would want to read web sites where you have to enlarge the text to such a size to be able to read it, you then have to scroll two or three times to read a sentence. Gimme a break!
I find it a big enough pain in the butt just carrying around my mob phone, stylus and reading glasses in the car, or shopping centre, without lugging around a laptop, tablet or iPad for God's sake.
I'm running a high end Intel 6core/12thread radiator cooled CPU on extreme mobo, 12GB RAM, with SATA3 SSD HD, 3 SLI linked graphics cards, USB3 External HD, eSATA HD in caddy on tower with a couple of burners. That's my hobby. I also belong to a world wide fellowship and repair PCs for members in my area, also as hobby, no charge.
Why would I want a tile menu when one program alone has 40 odd sub-menu iterms. In Metro my programs occupy over 7 screens on a 24 inch widescreen. Orb and alphanumeric menu occupies about 3% of my screen. I have 40 odd icon shortcuts on my desktop which occupy less than 20% of the screen for frequently used programs, the jump menu for less frequently used, and the cascaded alphnumeric menu for infrequently used items. All accessed wihtout leaving the desktop. And the ability to have 5 or 6 windows open simultaneously.
And don't tell me you can do all that on W8 without Stardock or similar. And Stardock does not do everythig legacy start menu does on W7. For examply, Stardock can't drag/drop sub-menu items in the start menu to the main entry; send to desktop as shortcut, re-name items. Add to that one click on user name to access AppData, Documents, Favorites, etc. And the list goes on ... and on ... and on.
Last edited by Mustang; 30 Sep 2012 at 22:38.
Well, I can tell you that my internet phone has come in extremely handy at times when out shopping for things.
Being able to bring up the net and find and compare items, or show a clerk that an item is on sale, or if they have it in stock has saved me time. So, there are many uses for it, however, making it a primary device (like many do with Aircards for work cause they refuse to pay for their own internet) is absurd.
But if you are out and need to look at something or kill some time? yeah, very handy and useful.
With a Tablet, it will be even more so, if you happen to have it with you in the car, which a lot of people will/do/should.
There are far more benefits to a tablet and a phone with internet access than just social media.
And who in their right mind is going to create a complete spread sheet on their phone? No one.
But, if you need to make a last minute change? Or throw a thought together? that is not a useless feature to have when/if needed.
Will everyone need it? No, but it's nice it is there.
I really think people are far more negative than really is warranted.
However, I do all my pre-shopping research on the net at home before I set foot out the door. So I've already checked prices, availability, and if necessary cut a deal by phone. When I leave home I'm organized and know where I'm going and what my agenda is. And I won't leave a tablet in my car as a target for thieves to steal by smashing in my car windows. Or as I said before, lug one around a shopping centre.
And if I've got a bit of time to kill, no way do I want to be stuck on an electronic device. I'd rather take a quiet walk by the river or beach, or watch a sunset, smell the roses ... or maybe even do a quiet relaxation exercise akin to a meditation.
Who wants to be connected 24/7? I recently took a long slow country trip just to get away from the phone, PC, email, visitors dropping in, and neighbors. And in remote regions of Aussie there often is no mobile phone network. In fact if you're travelling the outback you need to advise authorities of departure, route and ETA at next destination, for that very reason. Ask the Yankee guy Begucki, who got lost in the North West of Aussie a few years ago, and was saved by a million to one shot when spotted by a news chopper.
Maybe I'm a bit odd, but I've never once needed to view, amend or transmit a spreadsheet, word doc, or whatever from a mobile device. As stated earlier, 99% of the time that can be done from a desktop if you're properly organized. And who wants to buy something on the net or Bpay a bill when you can't print a hard copy receipt? It seems to me a lot of the need for a mobile computer comes from laziness in not being organized.
My son has his own business and used to do everything on his $3000 Sony Vaio laptop. I built him a $1,000 tower with 24 inch widescreen montior and he now does 90% of his computer work at home. IMHO it seems that people have become too dependent on mobile devices and needing to have computer access 24/7.
You might laugh at this, but at one point I was so addicted to PCs I'd stay up two days straight on some occasions, to the point where I used to have repetitive, hallucinatory type dreams where I'd see images of programs, spreadsheets, games, etc. And I couldn't get the images out of my mind's eye, even when I was wide awake ... and no, I wasn't wired.
Last edited by Mustang; 30 Sep 2012 at 23:45.
And if I must say about your one-time addiction, WOW.
But yes, there are many things to a smartphone other than social networking. There was this saying once, it went, "A computer is only as smart as the person using it." I think an updated one should be, "A smartphone is only as smart as the person using it." Which, if you look at today's average smartphone user, the future of an intelligent, enlighten society is getting bleaker by the day.
I remember a month ago, I was helping to assemble my niece's swing set for her birthday. My brothers and I were working on it and they're not greatly engineering/following instructions/design oriented. I was putting together the actual swing chains to the top bar, but the carriage bolt wasn't fitting correctly. I whipped out my Windows Phone, flipped on the front facing camera and took a picture of the top of the hole on the bar and saw that my idiot brothers assembled the top incorrectly. Everyone was like, "Whoa, I would had never thought of ever doing that" when I used my phone. Really?
I would forever despise the person that would ever gift me an ipad for Christmas....