In the 20 years I've been using computers, the only people I've ever heard say, "That computer is for old people" are fellow geeks.
It would help if many paint programs had a default JPEG quality level higher than 70%. That's okay when dealing with 10 megapixel photos that are only shown on the screen or destined for 4x6 prints. Not so nice when dealing with large prints or artwork. I hate seeing Death by JPEG on sites like DeviantArt all the time.
Some people just like to play dumb and ask for external opinions. Kind of like when someone asks you something that they could Google in 3 seconds.
When people ask specific questions, I try to understand their skill level when answering. When people ask very general questions, I assume they're just interested in conversation.
Time to start making money on things other than Windows and Office.
A movie was made about this. The BigMac and various other menu selections definitely do go bad just like any other kind of food. Except for the french fries. They seem to have unnerving regenerative superpowers.
As for the movie itself, I can't say I agree with the author's conclusions at the end, but on the whole it was interesting to watch.
I have a lot of issues with people saying Win7 is more responsive than XP. It's not... by a longshot.
For one thing, the new composited display system in Win7 is tremendously slower than the old 2D system in XP. I can't get anything, from desktop games to video to even drag-n-drop to run as smoothly or responsively as in XP. Switching to basic mode makes no difference. Win7 finally made Windows feel as sluggish as a Mac, now that Microsoft is using a similar display system as OSX.
Most people don't seem to notice, but given how much graphic design work I do on a daily basis, I most certainly do, and it annoys me to no end.
What's a release? A complete re-engineering with a massive UI overhaul? "Service packs" and "technical improvements?" A new version number? A pricetag on the update?
For quite some time, OSX has seen only small changes here and there. It's iOS that gets the major overhaul on a regular basis.
Also, a new version of OS X is something like 20 or 30 bucks, while a new version of windows is ten times that amount. There's little excuse to still be running OS X 10.1
Other than what many people in this thread are complaining about the new OSX (and Windows8): old stuff not working on the new OS.
The problem is not Apple offering Thunderbolt as a faster SATA. The problem is, as usual, them demanding people move to it RIGHT NOW and exclusively. It's also expensive, and even the fastest SSDs still can't max out SATA.
Remember how many times Apple changed video connectors for no good reason?
I work for a Fortune 500 shipping company that sends medical supplies to hospitals. I can tell you right now that even though our trucks have our own company logo on the side, they are under lease. We don't have old, retired trucks just sitting around -- they go back to the rental company. We have extra capacity only when we're not at our busiest, and things don't get fixed unless they actually break.
I should also probably point out that I don't work at a particularly good Fortune 500 company, though.
One thing that isn't brought up enough when discussing external expansion is external power supplies. So much for compact size.
I kinda feel there needs to be a greater understanding of the consequences of handing your testicles to a company that has to make a profit to survive.
You mean like practically everyone?
Maybe you should yell at those vendors that sold you a $10,000 piece of equipment, but refuse to update a driver to work on Windows8 because it would take them a whole, suffering week.
I've already considered that Google and other Web 2.0 have done this for years, since they will give you realtime results as you type.
I'm less concerned about what I type than clicking a link that contains questionable queries and then searches with my identity. There's a million ways to make it look like someone likes something they don't.
I don't think people resist change so much as they resist effort and change with no purpose. People will regularly throw out their old things and replace them with new stuff, just because it's newer. They will also use stuff that's different if it's clearly obvious that it's better. What they don't like is having to learn new stuff when it's not obvious that there's an improvement (which covers a lot of stuff).
My barber subscribes to a magazine called "Reminisce" which regularly sugar-coats life in the middle of the last century. Having read those magazines, it's obvious that old people don't really mind change, they just don't think today's livelihood and moral code is any better than it was 50 years ago.
Recently, I upgraded some software, and during the update it told me it was "optimizing my experience". I know I'm likely to resist any changes that come with an update if that's the best the marketing department could come up with.
Well, yeah, I had an AMD card. I've since replaced it with an nVidia and now I have no problems.
My guess is that hardware acceleration is working fine on your computer.
I recall all the hell I had to endure with my AMD video card and broken hardware acceleration, so I turned acceleration off completely. That made a hell of a difference with web browser speed.