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Why is Microsoft obsessed with live tiles, and why doesn't

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Rikkins, I would like that too. For now, I just say, "Siri, what's the weather like?" I used to have an iWidget that showed Real Time Weather, but i had to remove the whole Widget subsystem. And Dreamboard, and Background Manager - My iPhone was gong as low as 8 mb free!

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    Now only if weatherman could get their predictions right !!! It seems they can't predict yeaterday's weather.
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    Adverti$ing.

    Soon that news live tile will show you a few news headlines and then a McDonalds ad. That VMware app tile will try to sell you server equipment.

    That's why so many dumb decisions have been made regarding how this OS works. They must have you landing at the live tile area to expose you to advertising they are planning on selling.

    Darn near took a revolt to get them to take a few steps back on this issue and deliver a bit of what their customers have been asking for.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    The idea that Windows 8 was built to accommodate a new kind of Advertising - Ie, Built In to Apps - Repulses me and is repugnant.

    People used to go to the Movies to get far away from the mass crass commercialism of Television - Now, you go to the theatre and have to sit though hundreds of Spam Trailers. And if you download certain "free" apps for Apple you have these banners in the header and footer which stream targ-targeted ads in your FACE. This is also repugnant, I have installed Ad-Blocker in my iPhone which successfully prevents these banners from showing. And Microsoft is just following the bellowing herds. "Moo! Buy Coke!" Moo- Buy Angry Birds!" "Moo- Buy an iPad" and Microsoft: "Moo- iPads Suck!"
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    Advertising commercial stuff, well, I can see some logic there, but nowadays you can't download freeware without somebody pushing more freeware with it. That I can't stomach at all. In Metro you can at least unpin the live tiles or to pay attention to them, but when some app try to push some other one or bunch of bars in the browser, that's when I draw the line. Some sites try to push downloaders just to be able to download a freeware from it, what for ? they are all free but the still push them on it. So many times I downloaded a program, unchecked the option to install something else and still it installed, I call that sneaky, underhanded and just fraud. M$ is still a baby in that field comparing to some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    The idea that Windows 8 was built to accommodate a new kind of Advertising - Ie, Built In to Apps - Repulses me and is repugnant.

    People used to go to the Movies to get far away from the mass crass commercialism of Television - Now, you go to the theatre and have to sit though hundreds of Spam Trailers. And if you download certain "free" apps for Apple you have these banners in the header and footer which stream targ-targeted ads in your FACE. This is also repugnant, I have installed Ad-Blocker in my iPhone which successfully prevents these banners from showing. And Microsoft is just following the bellowing herds. "Moo! Buy Coke!" Moo- Buy Angry Birds!" "Moo- Buy an iPad" and Microsoft: "Moo- iPads Suck!"
    I hate the ads on cable/satellite that play on the lower or upper half of the screen after the commercials are over and the show you're watching is back on. I assume this is in part to advertise to people with DVR's.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    IMGburn, Unlocker, cCleaner and even Java tries to force you to install extra cack. Imgburn you have to watch out for "uniblue" which is a series of really poorly written "utility" apps. Unlocker tries to get you to install a few Toolbars and other irritations. But Imgburn is the worst - It is very difficult to bypass the default extra installations it wants to add. Some of the apps are downright Viruses. I've even talked to the Developer, but he has no control over how the app is distributed now.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Quote Originally Posted by phillipduran View Post
    I hate the ads on cable/satellite that play on the lower or upper half of the screen after the commercials are over and the show you're watching is back on. I assume this is in part to advertise to people with DVR's.
    Yes, because most people delete the commercials, so they have to spam you during the show. It's not just on Cable/Satellite though, it's Broadcast like that.

    I have every episode of Fringe recorded on the date it was originally broadcast, I've saved all of these so I can watch them at my convenience. The first season had 50 minute eps, which were great, that extra five minutes gave the producers that much more story. - The Original Star Trek was like this, 50 minutes of show, this to me is the proper length for episodic television. Most TV shows are 45 minutes now, but "Enterprise" was absolutely the worst - They chiseled each show down to 41 minutes. It was the reason UPN went belly-up.

    In seasons 1 and 2 of Fringe, they had some very Obnoxious Ads which would cover the whole bottom half of the screen - I suppose they got LOUD screams about this, because it stopped in Season 3.
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    I still remember the hard time I had cleaning up the mess Babylon left after I uninstalled it after it installed itself even when I told it not to. It really is pity that it had to make such a mess because it was a good program, but noooo, they just had to go and ruin it by forcing something I did not want.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    babylon is the worst, fortunately there are massive tools to completely eradicate it.
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