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Windows 8: You Can Handle The Learning Curve

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    Windows 8: You Can Handle The Learning Curve


    The New York Times weighed in this week on Windows 8. The verdict: anyone not as smart as David Pogue will be flummoxed by its "insanely confusing split personality," and should stick with something simpler, like maybe an abacus.

    The Times' critic isn't the only one to accuse the general public of having the acuity of a houseplant. Numerous others have condemned Windows 8 because they believe average users just won't get the hang of it.
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    USA, Idaho
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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Rant/

    This is what get my blood to boiling. It sames that there are techies out there who for some reason believe that if you do not live in their world then you cannot do anything when it comes to computers.

    If you really think about it there are well over a couple of billion people on this planet that use computers everyday of the week. Albeit, I guess they're just to stupid to figure out Microsoft new OS. Thus isn't it nice to have people (techies) out there to guide those billion people who cannot think for themselves when it comes to using a computer.

    These critics and techies need to get over themselves. . .they really aren't all that important.

    End of Rant/ . . .
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    Hello Lee.
    IMO, In the article, it's the snobby critics who have little regard for people and their intelligence. I could never repair my auto and need a good mechanic technician to fix things. They are very important to me. Just looking at all the issues in play, across the board, with all Operating Systems, IMO, techies are very important. ... not referring to nimrods who chastise every detail of 8, but rather the geek squad who likes to solve problems. They are needed around here.

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    USA, Idaho
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Hello Lee.
    IMO, In the article, it's the snobby critics who have little regard for people and their intelligence. I could never repair my auto and need a good mechanic technician to fix things. They are very important to me. Just looking at all the issues in play, across the board, with all Operating Systems, IMO, techies are very important. ... not referring to nimrods who chastise every detail of 8, but rather the geek squad who likes to solve problems. They are needed around here.

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    Really not talking all techies. And, yes there is a need for technical people especially in the world of business, and communications. The ones I am talking about are those who keep using the phase, "The Average User." Who is the average user. Can someone look at a person and determine that individual is an average computer user; no. I consider myself an average user so does that mean I do not have the ability to learn or understand any OS regardless if it is Win 8, Mac OS X or linux. Again, no.

    BTW, up here in the central mountains of Idaho you have to be able to fit your vehicle and your computer; the nearest repair shops are 100 miles away in Boise. And, at this time of the year (already two feet of snow) it can be hard getting there. Though getting new shoes for my horses can be done at the local blacksmith place.
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    I am highy tech savvy and have been self building PCs for over a decade. Windows 8, especially the metro UI is terribly confusing to use on a normal PC with a keyboard and mouse, it would be immensely better if Metro could be disabled entirely and if users could just use their desktop. I dont even understand why I need any of the things on Metro, all it is is good for is touch screens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    the nearest repair shops are 100 miles away in Boise.
    wow... yikes... actually, I have been to Coeur D'Alene, Idaho Falls, Boise, Nampa and Bocatello during my travels to deliver things. I am reluctant to admit to having had a career as a coast to coast 18 wheeler for years. Here in New Bedford, on the oceanfront, there are at least 5 or 6 garages less than 3 miles from the house. A Best Buy is 1 mile from the house. 2 Walmarts within 4 miles. No frontier South of Boston. Idaho is a beautiful place to live. Occasionally, I look thru the listings on Trulia.com for potential new homes. Some places in Idaho can be very remote. Not used to that type of living. I would like to move out of New England to someplace remote but have grown to depend on broadband connectivity and close proximity to everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Rant/

    This is what get my blood to boiling. It sames that there are techies out there who for some reason believe that if you do not live in their world then you cannot do anything when it comes to computers.

    If you really think about it there are well over a couple of billion people on this planet that use computers everyday of the week. Albeit, I guess they're just to stupid to figure out Microsoft new OS. Thus isn't it nice to have people (techies) out there to guide those billion people who cannot think for themselves when it comes to using a computer.

    These critics and techies need to get over themselves. . .they really aren't all that important.

    End of Rant/ . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Hello Lee.
    IMO, In the article, it's the snobby critics who have little regard for people and their intelligence. I could never repair my auto and need a good mechanic technician to fix things. They are very important to me. Just looking at all the issues in play, across the board, with all Operating Systems, IMO, techies are very important. ... not referring to nimrods who chastise every detail of 8, but rather the geek squad who likes to solve problems. They are needed around here.

    Click image for larger version
    Really not talking all techies. And, yes there is a need for technical people especially in the world of business, and communications. The ones I am talking about are those who keep using the phase, "The Average User." Who is the average user. Can someone look at a person and determine that individual is an average computer user; no. I consider myself an average user so does that mean I do not have the ability to learn or understand any OS regardless if it is Win 8, Mac OS X or linux. Again, no.

    BTW, up here in the central mountains of Idaho you have to be able to fit your vehicle and your computer; the nearest repair shops are 100 miles away in Boise. And, at this time of the year (already two feet of snow) it can be hard getting there. Though getting new shoes for my horses can be done at the local blacksmith place.
    WOW! You live in Idaho too!? Small bloody world. I have to say, this is true but not so much for us here in the southern parts. No snow yet.

    But I do fix my car and computer!
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    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit


    Hi, I'm 78 and didn't use a computer at work and came to to it some 10 years ago and am self taught with the help of Forums like this and Workshops in Computer Mags. The following is my 4 days worth experience with Windows 8.
    On the afternoon of 25th October I was able to pay and download my discounted copy of Windows 8 Pro having qualified by purchasing a new PC after June of this year.
    By 1616 hours the same day it was fully installed and up and running with only one minor problem; the Apps wouldn't function. I soon traced this to them being blocked by my Firewall and that was soon corrected and all was well.
    Having read many articles on the new W8 and seen quite a number of tutorials in the previous month I found that I was soon 'at home' with the new OS. One splendid piece of advice I'd received from this Forum stood me in good stead, namely to first spend some time arranging, organizing and naming the Tiles in the Start Screen before venturing further. It proved to be well worth the time spent.
    Using both keyboard and mouse presented no problems at all and I was impressed by how easy and straight-forward it was.
    For some weeks now I've read many criticisms of the absence of the Start Button in the new OS and expected to have some problem there. I was delighted to find that it presented no problem at all and in fact the new Start Screen; instantly available from the same corner as the Start Button using the mouse or pressing the 'Windows Key' provided a much better access to the programs required; providing of course that you'd spent some time in organizing and grouping the program Tiles on the Start Screen. In fact I would say, Who needs a Start Button?!!
    The other frequently mentioned criticism was the 'Steep Learning Curve'. I know I've spent quite some time researching the new OS prior to launch which has paid-off as I found learning the new technique comfortably easy.
    In addition, having upgraded from Windows 7 I found my 'Desktop' in W 8 with exactly the same layout and settings as before and requiring no additional knowledge to operate.
    In conclusion let me say I like the new OS which does already give me more than I had before and also promises to be more secure and stable and if that proves to be the case then it's a win-win situation.
    Regards to all who provide great help in this Forum
    Thanks.
    Yorky.


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    Thank you for the post Yorky, very well said.
    I agree with your assessment, it's not that hard to figure out and most users will enjoy it.
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