It’s ice cream day again. And I sorta slept in this morning – 45 minutes. So I am only moderately behind. The weather beavers said it was going to be thirtyish and I am up on top of a foothill of the Appalachians which is usually 2-4 degF cooler than Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill (you bogs do know that’s a metaphor?) and several sources are telling me 46 degF. So massive vertical copulations have occurred that will likely be blamed on the hurricane-nor’easter that is supposed to return the Yankee coast to the neolithic, or thereabouts.
What none of the news bogs have bothered to mention, except by very weak association, is that the national election for chief executive is tuesday week and there is a significant probability that much of the nawth colonies part of the Yankee republic will still lack electric potential. And most folks can’t vote without that. So as the Chinese curse goes “May you live in interesting times.” And yes, I did use the “I” word but in a quote.
Since it is the day after shabbat, the pseudo-sabbath for the christianists, it seems fitting to talk about some aspects of contemporary religion – Operating Systems. And before you get all torque frayed, stop and think how much time you spend at services and how much you spend on computer. (The two may overlap.)
Anyway, the starting point is an article [Link] entitled “Windows 8: Is Microsoft’s new OS too odd to handle?” Ayeh, MegaHard just unleashed its latest OS version, Winders Ate, which among other things has a Tile GUI. The article is a listless catalog of the new “features” of W8 which can basically be summarized as ‘necessary to be a tablet OS’. The ‘d**n the desktop users’ is tacit but nonetheless loud since that is the bulk of the reviewing population. The changes are basically making the OS less, so it will run fast enough (?) on slow (redundant) tablets.
The author-journalist did sum things up pretty well with
“You can also expect the howls of dismay from users trying Windows 8 for the first time to quieten eventually as world+dog gets more used to Microsoft’s latest effort.”
Some of the other comments were less civil, probably because the utterers don’t get advertising revenue from MegaHard?
None of this is particularly new to SCP since Canonical did the same fifth appendage step-upon over a year ago when they introduced Unity and the migrations away began. You would have though Shuttleworth packaged a Mephitis mephitis in the ISO file. So the rather canny question is how many will stay with Winders? I suspect the answer is few but before we visit that there are other nice articles to associate.
The same folks, at the Register, did another piece testing a small population of some sort of strained catagories. [Link] These folks got their first try at W8 and were interviewed, a sort of man-on-the-street except drug into offices so they could use a computer. Some of the quotes:
“It’s a bit confusing and it’s hard to get the mouse into the corners.” (Eight-year-old girl – the corners are the activation points, a geometry plagiarized from other Tile GUIs – expect litigation!)
“That wasn’t very hard. Has this thing got Minecraft?” (Adolescent human male)
“It’s like they tried to make the computer like a mobile phone.” (Twenties Office Serf)
“Microsoft needs to put some tutorials in this or it will frustrate a lot of people.” (Small Business Owner)
“It looks pretty nice once you know how to use it, but it is not immediately intuitive.” (Middle Aged professional (?))
“Microsoft will have some kind of introduction to this, won’t they?” (ORF)
which I suspect have been rather nicened up a bit as I would have expected rather rougher language from the adults and less respectfulness from the bairns.
My thought is that there will be few deserters. There will be an increase in late adopters as those who do intelligence preparation or the OS will delay their adoption or just stay with WXP or W7. I think MegaHard is counting on this to keep from totally alienating their desk and lap box base. I suspect this will include most of Fortune 500 and the large organizations like the Yankee government because they just don’t get computers in the front office. Period. Maybe Exclamation Point!
But for those who might switch, I offer up a very nice article on Ubuntu variants [Link] for those who maybe want to get away from MegaHard now that MegaHard is abandoning them to the lower dungeons. Note that the core Ubuntu isn’t included here for the simple reason that it also has a Tile GUI and if you are abandoning Winders because the Tile Gui don’t work on your desktop you don’t want Unity, or the Gnome version. But all of these are familiar in usage and appearance to the faithful of the original XEROX PARC windows metaphor. Yes, Linux requires a bit more technical know-how than Winders but wonderfully there are willing people and great web sites to provide that information – unlike MegaHard.
So if you want to abandon the lemming rush to the Tile GUI and think you are good enough to be free of MegaHard, make the change. It will make you a better person. And thinner.