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  1. #31


    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    If you're a dedicated Windows user why do you find it so important to find articles that would like to see the death of Microsoft.
    Nothing of the sort, I'm trying to point out Microsoft's failings so that they don't become irrelevant. There is nothing worse than hubris, which Microsoft and some here are showing when it comes to Windows 8. As I keep saying, the underlying OS is very good, but the user interface is crap as far as desktops and, to a lesser, degree tablets is concerned.

    Far too many times I've seen people dance to the latest corporate mantra, because they are too afraid to speak up when there's a glaringly obvious problem. When I see something that's clearly going/gone astray, I say something. A lot of people don't like that, especially superiors who think their latest idea is the best thing ever; too bad, they'll get an opposing view whether they like it or not. Many a time they'll come back later and admit that I was correct.
    Oh, so now your here to save Microsoft, eh? Please get down from that cross, for we need the wood.

    MS's failings according to whom? You, Ray? "The user interface is crap as far as desktops and, to a lesser, degree tablets is concerned"? The UI according to your dislike, right? Weren't you the one that stated "It's fine for a tablet or phone", but now to a lesser degree a tablet? Isn't that backing out of your past statements to justify the ends to your own means here?

    No fear here whatsoever, Ray. In fact quite the opposite, for we are supporting MS with their ingenious creation of 8 and what they are trying to accomplish along with the Surfaces and Windows Phone 8, the trifecta of devices so as to become familiar no matter what device is used and all sync with personal data. No "glaring(ly) obvious problem" here at all, for forum polls show that a larger percentage of members have upgraded and more join over from 7F to do so. Percentages prove the point.

    "Many a time they'll come back later and admit that I was correct"?! I'll leave that statement alone, for I think it speaks for itself.

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  2. #32


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    Ew.

    Honestly, I find that the hugest potential demographic here for the chromebook are the elderly, and people who LITERALLY don't need to use computing technology outside the internet. If you have an iphone, a chromebook would be a shoddy replacement for a Windows PC because you can't even transfer photos easily or even a song file without throwing them all in the air, into the Cloud, just to do a simple thing. Download a YouTube video/song? Nope. Torrent? Nope. Superior Office technology? Nope. An extensive videos collection? nope. A limited device like that can only succeed with people who have limited needs.

    Even then, the IDEA/NOTION, that a chromebook is a viable option to install a different operating system, WOW! Just wow! Seriously, it's probably easier to install Linux on a Secure Boot enabled PC with Windows 8 than it is to install Windows 8 on a chromebook! It's like the same bloody process, you have to crack open the thing, tape a contact (depending on the model) and flash the BIOS and then try to get it installed. Unless if you're a tweaker tech head and want a laptop sized device for trivial needs past a browser on a budget, then MAYBE it's an alternative. MAYBE.
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  3. #33


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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    That article was published in May 2011, almost 2 years ago. Has it taken off yet? Haven't read too much about it since then.
    I think it's safe to say it has taken off...
    Amazon's top selling laptop doesn't run Windows or Mac OS, it runs Linux | ZDNet
    And here is another article.

    Google Chromebooks now in 2,000 schools, usage doubled in three months

    Uh huh, those are not sold, those are more than likely donated, freebies, or subsidized. Much like the Volt.
    Would the same be said if they were WinRT Tablets? or would it be considered irrelevant and passed by and never posted about?
    Makes one wonder....

    Would this be the final line? I seriously doubt it.
    "We're not sure exactly which flavor of Chromebook the students are getting their hands on, but we're sure no matter what they use, they'll grow up well-versed in what could be the future of computing."

    So, using a ChromeBook one must, MUST create a Google Account and login with it.
    Yet there are so many that complain about having to create a live account just to access the Windows Store.
    Wow, do the double standards astound anyone but me?

    If the Windows 8 was very similar to the ChromeBook, would the disdain be as prevalent, worse or not at all?
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  4. #34


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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Oh, so now your here to save Microsoft, eh? Please get down from that cross, for we need the wood.

    MS's failings according to whom? You, Ray? "The user interface is crap as far as desktops and, to a lesser, degree tablets is concerned"? The UI according to your dislike, right? Weren't you the one that stated "It's fine for a tablet or phone", but now to a lesser degree a tablet? Isn't that backing out of your past statements to justify the ends to your own means here?

    No fear here whatsoever, Ray. In fact quite the opposite, for we are supporting MS with their ingenious creation of 8 and what they are trying to accomplish along with the Surfaces and Windows Phone 8, the trifecta of devices so as to become familiar no matter what device is used and all sync with personal data. No "glaring(ly) obvious problem" here at all, for forum polls show that a larger percentage of members have upgraded and more join over from 7F to do so. Percentages prove the point.

    "Many a time they'll come back later and admit that I was correct"?! I'll leave that statement alone, for I think it speaks for itself.
    Talk about melodrama! Nothing worse than those who will not see. You must have some sort of filter on your browser that removes everyone else's comments/polls, that reflect/support what I've said. I've said it's fine for a phone and, for some tasks (ie lesser degree), for a tablet. For a tablet, it can be a right pain when using one as a desktop replacement, always having to go to a full screen menu to open another program. No inconsistency whatsoever in my argument.

    I quite understand that the Microsoft acolytes are in full swing hugging each other and singing Kumbaya, whenever anyone dares to question their beliefs. However, upgrading to Windows 8 and subsequently installing a third party start menu and/or getting rid of the apps/start menu completely, as so many do, pretty much supports what I've been saying. That's in the percentages as well.

    You keep my last statement in mind, which I'm sure that you will, as I'm now pretty much embedded in your head (and that seems to apply to a few others as well).
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  5. #35


    I didn't care about the Google account for the chromebook because I already had one..for gmail, sync, and my android.
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  6. #36


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    So, using a ChromeBook one must, MUST create a Google Account and login with it.
    Yet there are so many that complain about having to create a live account just to access the Windows Store.
    Wow, do the double standards astound anyone but me?
    I installed Chrome onto my Linux PC to have a look at what it's all about, having to sign up to a Google account meant that there was no way that I'd use it. In fact, the only Google tool that I use on my Windows devices is Google search, it still produces better search results than Bing.

    But what I use and prefer doesn't represent the vast majority of people who are prepared to sign up to a Google account and allow Google to install all and sundry on their PC or whatever. If I were to use it, it would be an entirely standalone device that was completely isolated from anything else.

    Naturally I signed up to a Microsoft account, but why I couldn't use an existing email account and had to create a Hotmail one is annoying, I have enough email accounts already. Especially since I have all of my licenced Microsoft software registered to a completely different email address, including the Windows 8 and WMC downloads.

    But this thread has nothing to do with that; however, talking things off-track when one's beliefs are challenged appears to be a common tactic. Very common when it comes to forums, regardless of their nature.
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  7. #37


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    So, using a ChromeBook one must, MUST create a Google Account and login with it.
    Yet there are so many that complain about having to create a live account just to access the Windows Store.
    Wow, do the double standards astound anyone but me?
    I installed Chrome onto my Linux PC to have a look at what it's all about, having to sign up to a Google account meant that there was no way that I'd use it. In fact, the only Google tool that I use on my Windows devices is Google search, it still produces better search results than Bing.

    But what I use and prefer doesn't represent the vast majority of people who are prepared to sign up to a Google account and allow Google to install all and sundry on their PC or whatever. If I were to use it, it would be an entirely standalone device that was completely isolated from anything else.

    Naturally I signed up to a Microsoft account, but why I couldn't use an existing email account and had to create a Hotmail one is annoying, I have enough email accounts already. Especially since I have all of my licenced Microsoft software registered to a completely different email address, including the Windows 8 and WMC downloads.

    But this thread has nothing to do with that; however, talking things off-track when one's beliefs are challenged appears to be a common tactic. Very common when it comes to forums, regardless of their nature.
    You actually can use literally ANY email address for the Microsoft account. The last person I installed Windows 8 ended up needing to use the Mail app, so we had to make a Microsoft account with his Yahoo! email address. Worked quite fine.
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  8. #38


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    So, using a ChromeBook one must, MUST create a Google Account and login with it.
    Yet there are so many that complain about having to create a live account just to access the Windows Store.
    Wow, do the double standards astound anyone but me?
    I installed Chrome onto my Linux PC to have a look at what it's all about, having to sign up to a Google account meant that there was no way that I'd use it. In fact, the only Google tool that I use on my Windows devices is Google search, it still produces better search results than Bing.

    But what I use and prefer doesn't represent the vast majority of people who are prepared to sign up to a Google account and allow Google to install all and sundry on their PC or whatever. If I were to use it, it would be an entirely standalone device that was completely isolated from anything else.

    Naturally I signed up to a Microsoft account, but why I couldn't use an existing email account and had to create a Hotmail one is annoying, I have enough email accounts already. Especially since I have all of my licenced Microsoft software registered to a completely different email address, including the Windows 8 and WMC downloads.

    But this thread has nothing to do with that; however, talking things off-track when one's beliefs are challenged appears to be a common tactic. Very common when it comes to forums, regardless of their nature.
    You actually can use literally ANY email address for the Microsoft account. The last person I installed Windows 8 ended up needing to use the Mail app, so we had to make a Microsoft account with his Yahoo! email address. Worked quite fine.
    I must have missed something in the installation process, as it wanted a Microsoft account created, which became a Hotmail account. It may have had something to do with the initial frustrating installation procedure, which didn't want to work for love or money.
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  9. #39


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    A chromebook in the educational setting I feel is the most detrimental experience for that child's education pertaining to technology. As for about the past couple of decades, Microsoft Office has been THE STANDARD bearer in the enterprise. You can't really go anywhere in a white collar job without having to use an Office app in any way, shape, or form. In most jobs, needing to know how to use an Office product is a prerequisite that should be known. As I see it, Microsoft Office won't be going away anywhere for some time, there really isn't another product out there that can be considered at least the silver standard or even gold standard when it comes to the platinum status of Office. OpenOffice, the various offshoots of that, iwork, or google docs can't totally match what Office can do. google docs can't even match the Office Web Apps at its current stage.

    There's that, along with not knowing how to use Windows. Regardless of what happens in the consumer space, Windows is something that will continue to be used in the enterprise. Again, there isn't a viable alternative that can host such an array of software, device compatibility, and configurability like it; especially something that doesn't cost an arm and leg like the mac or needing an IT staff that is thoroughly fluent in a Linux system (like Ubuntu) or needing to train a company's workforce to use it when they've never used it in their lives.

    A better option for the educational space is to use Windows RT tablets, if an OEM can make a cost effective tablet PC ideally in the 300 dollar range (which is honestly WAY possible considering there are legitimate 300 dollar x86 based laptops with 17 inch screens). This would be LOADS better since Office software is there to use, the latest and greatest, along with the new Windows that will be used in the enterprise space in 10 years, not prone to viruses or malware, and based off a SSD so no performance issues.
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    In Australia, schools/universities are handing out iPads to their students 'to enhance the educational experience', some even make it mandatory; however, most students admit to using the iPad for facebook, youtube etc, it forms no part of a demonstrable education tool. Yet schools keep on this path.
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