I was recently put in a position where a UPS failure hosed my Win7 Raid 0 array. I had a Win8 disk lying around, so I figured I would give it a go. Once you get used to the fact that Metro is just a full screen start menu, it's nearly identical to Win7. The file copy dialog is more informative, the "start menu" is really just a list of links from the "all apps" drawer which is really just the start menu folders organized differently. The search is just partitioned off into three areas instead of the whole system, and the metro apps are purely optional (I keep weather and finance.. why not).
It wasn't a terrible transition, even with multiple monitors (just move your mouse all the way up and to the right to lock into a corner without moving to the next screen). It literally took me 2hrs to get accustomed to the changes, and my system functions similarly to my Win7 now. I link all of the OS doc folders to a storage drive so that I can rebuild the OS without much headache, so no big data shift needed.
I was actually contemplating giving Ubuntu a shot before installing Win8, but a lack of a real EventGhost competitor for all of my remote control options didn't bode well.
So long story short.. Win8 wasn't what I was expecting. It's not bad actually...
Take two cases and compare:
Case 1: Poor child grows up to be a poor adult. Lives in welfare housing, uses food stamps, gets free healthcare, government pays, never worked a day in their life.
Case 2: Wealthy child grows up to be a trust fund adult: Lives in family housing, uses trust fund for food, uses trust fund for health, investment growth pays, never worked a day in their life.
Neither case adds any concrete or abstract (assumed) value to society. Case 2 has more money to "drive" the economy, Case 1 has hardly an impact except for raising tax rates. Case 2 "earned" their money from their parents, but is in effect still leeching off of the economy. You can argue that those invested funds help drive businesses, but the individual is no better than a welfare recipient in terms of value.
The only difference here is luck.
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