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What problem does Windows 8 solve?

  1. #61


    What problem does Windows 8 solve?

    It is designed for touchscreen computers, which are the wave of the future.

    It makes it easier to synchronize all your mobile devices with your computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I assume you are not over 90 years old. And if you are a bit younger, like me, it should be fun to learn new things. Although I do not agree with every gizmo they put into Windows 8, it is fun to explore.
    No problems with the learning curve and yes it can be fun provided there are benefits at the end of the rainbow. To finish up simply doing with the PC what I'm err... doing now without those benefits then the fun tends to go out of it. Just my $0.02 worth.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    slightly OT but look at the share price history for MSFT -- Sure if W8 works it will be good for Shareholders.

    Actually I hope the extra income etc can steer MS into supplying Office into a better system equipped to handle Multi media and PLEASE MS fix the one really HIDEOUS product in the Office line -- Ms ACCESS -- this isn't even a TOY database system.

    Just look at what MySQL can do as a FREE DB system -- and your professional DB server is good too so why is ACCESS like a pile of back end of dog.

    I'd like also to directly and easily handle Multi Media files in Spreadsheet cells directly to (I know you can link to "MIME" type objects but integrating say Music tracks, albums etc into something like EXCEL which is well known save the horrendous problems you have when storing this stuff with "proprietary" data bases even if the application is free.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    .... Ms ACCESS -- this isn't even a TOY database system.
    Dam right here..... they include it in their most expensive version of Office, who want to pay more for Access ?
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  5. #65


    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    It is designed for touchscreen computers, which are the wave of the future.
    They've been saying that for 20 years. Only on Star Trek have touchscreens replaced keyboards.

    It makes it easier to synchronize all your mobile devices with your computer.
    Most people don't know that they can synchronize their notebook and desktop computer, how many users are going to fuss with syncing their phones too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Actually I hope the extra income etc can steer MS into supplying Office into a better system equipped to handle Multi media and PLEASE MS fix the one really HIDEOUS product in the Office line -- Ms ACCESS -- this isn't even a TOY database system.
    10+ reasons why IT pros hate Microsoft Access (but really shouldn't) | TechRepublic
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BarnabasSackett View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    I remember a Operating System named Windows X.
    Wasn't that X Windows?
    Right X Windows

    Hi there
    actually back in the days of the early PC Bell Labs ( AT & T) were developing a Window type GUI for their UNIX system. (An INCREDIBLY ROBUST and almost unhackable system still in use on corporate servers today).

    Had Unix ever been released cheaply the whole history of the PC would have been different -- X-Windows was simply the GUI server on top of the Unix kernel.

    Bell Labs kept the price so humungously high that people tried to "imitate" the UNIX OS-- hence Linux came into existence. The GUI of most Linux systems was initially known as the X-Server which would then load the GUI. Big difference between Linux and Windows is that the X-server is just a SERVER and the user can choose any GUI he likes so long as the API follows what the X-server wants.


    Because UNIX was so robust LINUX was developed -- the UNIX os was far far too expensive to run on consumer grade PC's - had Bell Lab's pricing been better Windows as we know it probably wouldn't exist nor would even Apple. !!

    All History now -- but just answering your post on X-Windows.

    cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by mart4494 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I assume you are not over 90 years old. And if you are a bit younger, like me, it should be fun to learn new things. Although I do not agree with every gizmo they put into Windows 8, it is fun to explore.
    No problems with the learning curve and yes it can be fun provided there are benefits at the end of the rainbow. To finish up simply doing with the PC what I'm err... doing now without those benefits then the fun tends to go out of it. Just my $0.02 worth.
    I don't know. I have a more academic view towards learning. I have been studying a lot of things during my long life that seemed of no use at first, but then one day that knowledge came in handy. If you are young, you should be very inquisitive and learn as much as you can.

    An example of a completely useless study I once made was about the influence of the gothic language (the language the Wisogoths spoke around 500 AD) on the Catalan (the language that is now spoken in Catolonia - area of Barcelona). That served no purpose at all, but it was fun.
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    Hi there
    at my school we did Latin (was a Catholic Jesuit School and at that time Mass - the main Catholic Sunday service was conducted in Latin -- in any Country).

    I'm not sorry to have studied this then although at the time I thought what a waste of time -- but these days it's actually incredibly useful -- it's the basis of Grammar and Syntax as well as the vocabulary of so many modern languages today .

    You never know when a bit of what you at one time thought was totally useless comes in handy in the most unexpected places.

    Incidentally those who hate the idea of education just remember

    "The Price of a decent Education is Expensive --but the price of Ignorance is ASTRONOMICAL" -

    - as I can testify easily when I see relatively uneducated people getting "suckered" in by all sorts of payday loan companies offering to them what seems reasonable -- several hundred dollars to tide them over until the next paycheck arrives ---

    I ask them to look at the Interest they are paying and when I calculate it for them -- often as high as 2500% (yes no typo !!!!!) and it's all legal they realize they've been taken in and finally start complaining -- these companies were booted out of the USA by the way but they can advertise on UK satellite TV -- Wonga for a start -- sponsors of Blackpool FC to give themselves a "little bit of respectability" when preying on the ignorant.

    The Mafia wouldn't charge that much !!!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    When I went to school, 3 languages were compulsary. English, French and Latin in my case. And since our high school goes for 9 years, I enjoyed Latin for 7 years. It was tough at the time, but turned out to be extremely useful during my life. Latin based languages like Italian, Roumanian or Spanish were a lot easier to understand than if you had no notion of Latin.

    And the "Price of education" in some countries is a real disgrace. Education must be free, as it is in many European countries. In fact, in Germany, you even get an education allowance (for post high school studies) if you come from a middle to low income family. That amounts to appr. $1000/month.
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