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Comment: Re:Why not test? I just don't get it. (Score 1, Insightful) 220

by iampiti (#49769183) Attached to: Microsoft Tries Another Icon Theme For Windows 10
I read somewhere that, while developing Windows 8, it was found in internal testing that most people hated the Metro interface. They kept it anyway.
The takeaway is that they did test and tests were negative but they went on for business reasons.
They want you to get used to the metro UI so that you'll get used to it and you'll buy a Windows Phone phone. Also so that you buy metro apps through their store and they get a 30% cut, so that you use their services and they get your data and money , etc.
TL;DR: They know it sucks but they want the money they think it'll make them

Comment: Re:What does it say about you? (Score 1) 461

by iampiti (#49691445) Attached to: Does Using an AOL Email Address Suggest You're a Tech Dinosaur?
+1000. I completely hate the modern UIs made to be usable on anything. They're jack of all trades master of none, and of course, less optimal for desktop use that the previous ones which were tailored for them.
Now every UI is:
  1. Flat (no way to know what's clickable and what isn't)
  2. simple, flat colors
  3. has tons of whitespace

We'd be better off with separate UIs for touch and desktop

Comment: Re:Windows 7 was last real version (Score 4, Interesting) 154

by iampiti (#49666625) Attached to: Windows 10 the Last Version of Windows? Not So Fast.
Where are my mod points when I need them?
Totally agree. Windows 7 is an OS that does what's supposed to: Stay away and let you do your work. Windows 10 is a giant advertisement for Microsoft services: Don't like OneDrive? Sorry you can't uninstall it. Don't want to use Bing search? Sorry it's baked in to run when you try to do a search on your computer.
You even get suggestions (ads) for apps on the Start Menu! Also it's a bipolar UI, an unholy mix of touch/mobile and desktop flavors and applications and even in the desktop you're sometimes forced to use a touch UI for some tasks.
Windows 7 was a nice OS for users, Win 10 it's only for Microsoft sake, no wonder it's a free upgrade: They're hoping to get the money from you through your data, the money they'll get from you using their services, etc...

Comment: Re:Moar Cloud (Score 1) 130

by iampiti (#49621853) Attached to: Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview Released
Not much to add except that I'd upmod you instead of commenting if I had points.
I too find horrible that they're going in the direction of less customization. It seems they want to be like Apple and are copying the worst things of them (e.g. the little customization). They also invent new horrible ideas of their own like making apps with and interface that's not touch nor desktop but in-between and claiming they're as good as specfic interfaces for each UI paradigm (which of course are not)

Comment: Particularly interestd in the Android investigatio (Score 1) 247

by iampiti (#49480401) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges
The EU press release ( mentions it received two complaints regarding Google and Android.
I wonder who might have initiated them (maybe Apple and Microsoft?).
The allegations revolve around the infamous agreement manufacturers have to sign if they want to include any Google apps in their Android devices (including the Play store, Gmail, Youtube, etc...). If you don't know it states that if you want to include any of Google's apps you must include a certain group of them (it was around 15 I think). It also states that you shall not develop any Android forks.
I do agree this agreement is abuse of power and I'd really like it if this resulted in we being able to uninstall (without rooting or other trickery) Google apps from Android devices, even if it means I have to pay some money to Google for the base OS.

Comment: Re:MS versus Telescreens ? (Score 1) 303

by iampiti (#49400227) Attached to: Microsoft Engineer: Open Source Windows Is 'Definitely Possible'
I'd say no. See what they've done with Windows 10? It's intimately tied to Microsoft's services (Bing, Cortana, OneDrive, Microsoft Accounts). You can't even remove OneDrive from the list of "fast links" on the left pane of the Windows explorer in Win10.
Microsoft seems to want to become Google (making money off people's data) and I personally hate it. Windows 7 is a nice OS which does what a OS is supposed to, i.e.: manage your hardware and run your programs while getting out of the way. Win 8 and 10 look like a giant advertisement for Microsoft's services.

Comment: Re:OSX (Score 1) 196

by iampiti (#49348045) Attached to: GNOME 3.16 Released
Totally agree. At least Linux has no concept of "default UI" and is thus easy to choose the one that fits you best.
Windows, OTOH, is designed with the notion that you will use the UI provided by Microsoft and is not as easy to change. Add that to the fact that I really don't like the direction Win10 is going and I honestly don't know what I'm going to use once Windows 7 is too old, i.e.: Doesn't play nice with new hardware

Comment: Re:So does this mean.... (Score 1) 133

by iampiti (#49329231) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Windows 10 SDK
You joke but I fear this will come true. After decades of refining the interface for use with a keyboard and mouse we will get "one size fits all" programs which will be equally unsuitable for both desktop and mobile devices. If anything they'll be more tuned for touchscreens since that's where the future seems to be.
Call me a luddite if you want but I think that the desktop oriented and touch oriented interfaces in Windows 8 and 10 should have been kept separated. In the Windows 10 preview some applications have a touchscreen oriented interface and others have a desktop one. In a mobile device you should get only the formers and in my desktop I should get only the latter.

Comment: Re:I'm not a pirate (Score 1) 193

So will I.
All I want from an OS is to work well and to stay out of the way. Windows 7 does just that. Windows 10 doesn't. I hate how they make it difficult to login with a non-Microsoft (local) account. I hate how they've integrated so many Microsoft services.
also, the fact that they're upgrading Windows 7 and 8 users for free speaks volumes about how desperate they're to get everyone in Win 10.

Comment: Re:so, the key to amnesty... (Score 1) 322

by iampiti (#49286629) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades
They want you to use their new and wonderful app store of which they'll get a cut of every sale.
They want you to use all the services they've integrated to the OS: OneDrive, Bing, Cortana, etc. so that you might get a subscription for one of them, or giving them your data to mine (the Google model) or that you get so accustomed to the Microsoft ecosystem that you buy one of their phones or tablets.
And I don't like it either since it means that Microsoft it's sure it'll get more money from you on the long run than if you'd paid for the OS upfront. It also means that they'll likely integrate more of their services into the OS à la Google with Android.

Comment: Re:so, the key to amnesty... (Score 1) 322

by iampiti (#49286599) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades
Yep. There seems to be (at least officially) no plans yet for a subscription-only Windows, but I believe they will go that route. At least they'll try and see how it goes.
After all, they're doing something similar with Office: They're encouraging everyone to get the subscription version. It's a no brainer, although cheaper initially it'll make Microsoft more money on the long run.
The fact they're esentially giving away Windows 10 strongly suggests they've thought of a way to get more money from us on the long run. And I hate this: I prefer knowing how much money I'm gonna pay upfront

Comment: Re:12 in laptop != desktop (Score 1) 161

by iampiti (#49208813) Attached to: Ultralight Convertibles Approaching Desktop Performance
A bleeding edge gaming rig is just a set of very expensive not-much-faster-than-midrange parts. Besides, anything marketed "gaming" is very overpriced. You can get a very decent PC for 2x what the consoles cost. That PC will play 95% of games perfectly. The rest will work ok if you dial the settings a bit. It does does many more things that a console. Also the games are cheaper on PC and in PCs backwards compatibility goes back as far as 30 years. In consoles, if you're lucky you can play the games of the previous generation. Sure, the consoles are cheaper and simpler to use, but my point is that a decent PC is not that expensive.

Comment: There's two kinds of fragmentation... (Score 3, Interesting) 136

by iampiti (#49141007) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?
...Variety of devices, Running different versions of the OS.
The first one IMHO is a strong point for Android since there's so many different devices you're likely to find what you want (cheap, expensive, large, small, metal build, removable battery...). In this respect Windows Phone also has an interesting number of devices (although infenitely less than Android) and iOS is horrible in this respect: You basically have this year's or last year's model, neither of which is exactly cheap.
The second one is definitely bad: Several versions of the OS having significant marketshare means extra work for developers, and fewer apps for users (since some require a version newer than you have). Windows Phone and iOS are much better than Android in this.

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