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    GUIs: The computing revolution that turned us into cranky idiots

    Because of this, simplification is now the latest trend in UX design changes, across all of the major platforms, which is also attracting its share of resistance and ire.
    We live in an interesting time, one in which the previous era in computing intersects with the next, and the most difficult adaptation of end-user computing habits must take place.
    The GUI, almost magical in its design, has made computing accessible to all and completely pervasive in our society, but with it brings a curse of resistance to change and a complacency that comes from taking ease of use for granted.
    After 40 years of personal computing, the end user has become a simpleton, no longer requiring specialized knowledge to operate the system. In effect, he's been transformed into a cranky idiot who becomes angry when even the smallest change requiring learning new habits is introduced.
    Resistance to this change is inevitable. But we all have to go through it eventually, this cranky idiot included.
    Has the explosion in GUIs over the last 40 years made change and end-user acceptance more and more difficult through each successive generation? Talk back and let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    It is normal human behavior to resist or dislike change... years from now we'll be using Windows12 and complaining that it's nothing like our beloved Windows11.
    ... and waiting for Windows 13 anxiously !

    Yup....
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    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    It is normal human behavior to resist or dislike change... years from now we'll be using Windows12 and complaining that it's nothing like our beloved Windows11.
    ... and waiting for Windows 13 anxiously !


    If MS keep going down the road they appear to be travelling, I'll have long ago switched to Linux by then.


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    Hopachi wrote:
    I like the new start screen customization, the button (don't like the hover stuff from 8.0) but I needed the Win7 file recovery back, I still need to get used to the new backup system.

    Can someone please clarify...did they remove the imaging capability from 8.1?

    BIG fail, if that's the case.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    It is normal human behavior to resist or dislike change... years from now we'll be using Windows12 and complaining that it's nothing like our beloved Windows11.

    Resistance to change has nothing to do with anything. Vista and 7 were different from XP and there was a period of time needed to get used to the changes that were made. Win 8 (and 8.1) were designed solely with touch screens, tablets, and phones in mind, and totally blew off the desktop user. The changes are vast and mostly unnecessary.

    Where is MS going to hurt the most by this decision? That would be in the business world where practically no one is switching to Win 8. MS has to be losing a ton of money on Win8 due to lost sales in the business world. You would think they would be jumping through hoops trying to come up with solutions. Instead they spread lies about reinstating a start button that does nothing whatsoever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    Hopachi wrote:
    I like the new start screen customization, the button (don't like the hover stuff from 8.0) but I needed the Win7 file recovery back, I still need to get used to the new backup system.

    Can someone please clarify...did they remove the imaging capability from 8.1?

    BIG fail, if that's the case.


    Wenda.
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    I wonder if it'll be back in RTM.

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    No chance.
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    I tried Windows 8.1 for a few hours, but the more I used it the more I disliked it compared to Windows 7. Microsoft needs to make an OS for a desktop not a tablet. I don't mind if they make a separate OS for tablets and smartphones but they should not put the same interface on a desktop.
    Last edited by PaulGo; 28 Jun 2013 at 23:14.
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    Does anyone know if they fixed the "issue" with the titlebar text color? (the issue with dark text on a dark window border) I've been looking around a bit, and I haven't seen anything on it.
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