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Comment: About time (Score 2) 347

by BLToday (#48207819) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

The Control Panel's organization has been terrible. I can't think of a time when it was actually good, but it's just getting worse with each Windows release. Use to be Add/Remove Programs, then it's Program and Features but does the exact same thing. Printers got moved to Devices and Printers. Here's the thing, printers and ability to remove programs are fairly important, why make it less descriptive? While at the same time, there are applets/control panel applications that doesn't deserve their own icon at the top level: Windows Cardspace, Notification Area Icons, Indexing Options, Getting Started (really?), Folder Options, Default Programs (should be within Program and Features),

Comment: Still some funky bugs, but not bad. (Score 1) 305

by BLToday (#48171415) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Been using it since yesterday. Yeah, I live dangerously. So far, mostly a good upgrade. I like the new look, modern with a reasonable level of skeuomorphism so I can still feature out the functions of the icons.

Tested: MBP 2012 (16GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) and iPhone 5s

Some features are just not working for me:
* AirDrop from iPhone to Mac. I can AirDrop from Mac to iPhone, but my iPhone can't see the Mac.
* Placing a cellular call from the Mac, I can't hearing the ringing. But it works just fine otherwise.
* it took iCloud Drive awhile (1+ hour) to show up properly on the Mac
* still doesn't show my network transfer speed. Occasionally, I'm moving 5+ GB files between my computer and NAS, I would like to know if there's a bottleneck somewhere.

Too smart for its own good:
* short-hand/text expansion you set up on your iPhone will automatically transfer over to Mac OS X

Comment: Re: Make it less ugly (Score 1) 147

by BLToday (#48160327) Attached to: Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

Yeah, I just Googled for the solution to moving applications between desktop. Good gosh that's a non-obvious method. No wonder I never discovered it while using Win 10.

Can't they just copy Apple in this case? Right click on the icon "Assign to: Desktop x"/"Display on all desktops" or drag and drop the applications between virtual desktop when I'm in the expanded view.

Comment: Re:Make it less ugly (Score 2) 147

by BLToday (#48152561) Attached to: Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

"ModernUI is all about flat, there's no more 3D, so colors help you to identify different controls and areas on the screen."

That's the major problem. The colors don't make an sense so you can't use it to navigate. You what you end up with is reading white text on randomly selected color backgrounds.

Comment: Make it less ugly (Score 3, Insightful) 147

by BLToday (#48151987) Attached to: Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

* Windows 10 looks fine in pictures, but using it gives me a headache. I can't find a theme that's acceptable. UI is too colorful and the tile background colors still don't make sense.

* Why can't I move applications between virtual desktops? You had it in PowerToys for Windows 95.

Comment: Yup. That sounds perfect. (Score 1) 352

by BLToday (#47884299) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Yup. That sounds perfect. I'm going to change my phone number now because I don't want to get calls from my relatives about "How do I install the Sims I bought on DVD on my Lumia?" or "How do I get my copy of Word 2013 running on my phone? It says it's running Windows so it should work with my copy of Office 2013, right?"

I actually already got this one: "I bought Windows 8 to make my desktop (Windows 7) into a touchscreen but it's not working. The guy at the Microsoft Store said it would make my screen into a touchscreen." I was never sure if my relative misunderstood what the employee was saying or the employee at the MS Store actually told him that.

Comment: There's more than one use for printed humans (Score 0) 323

by BLToday (#47122015) Attached to: 'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

Beyond space exploration, we will need printed humans to fight against the Machines. The biggest problem with fighting AI is that they can reproduce faster than us. With printed humans we will even the odds. Of course, we may end up fighting a two fronts war: AI and printed humans.

Comment: Looks like a great product, (Score 2) 379

by BLToday (#47067825) Attached to: With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

Looks like a great product if I only look at the specs and pitch. But unfortunately I already own a Surface with Touch Keyboard, and that has tainted my impression. The original Surface is slow, keyboard is doesn't work well, Surface needs a flat surface to actually work well, and the UX.

Improvements:
* Slow => fixed by using Intel.
* Keyboard => no longer the mostly useless Touch Keyboard
* I'm hoping it's actually usable in my lap

Still issues (general experience with Win8; 1 desktop, 1 Surface RT):
* UX: there's no way getting around it, Win8 is schizo. In theory, on a Surface, I would never need to go to the desktop. But I have to switch to the Desktop to change settings like sleep mode timer and the built in version of Office. Win8 will some time let applications will install tons of random icons to the Start Screen, but not include the important ones such as the actual application link. Weird.

Hover over Flash elements is a serious usability issue. It works maybe 30% of the time in touch interface, the other 70% I would have to reach for the keyboard and hover my mouse over the element to control it.

The color of tiles does not make any sense. The tiles waste too much empty space and the text is too small for quickly identifying applications. I'm not 18 anymore so I don't have eagle eyes.

Trying to restore even the Surface back to "factory" takes 2+ hours. Then at least another 2 hours getting it updated. Why?

Comment: New business model!!! (Score 1) 355

by BLToday (#47060551) Attached to: Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

I have a "new" business for the future, sell things without advertising at a higher price.

"Oh, you don't the Google refrigerator, it doesn't let you open the door for beer until you have watched 30 seconds of beer commercials. You want this model, sure it's a bit more expensive but there's no eye tracking and you'll avoid all the malware associated with the Google model."

"Buy this thermostat, it lets you change the temperature without having to listen to beer commercials."

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