I think he's referring to that ice cream sandwich (That's what I call it) icon that is the settings...the three horizontal lines thing that the UX retards have replaced the wrench or gear icon with.
"Microsoft deserves full credit for keeping their system size and complexity down over the past few revs"
Um, have you seen the size of a win8 install? It weighs in at around 17Gb
By contrast I can still fit a newly released version of a Linux Distro onto a single CD, DVD or memory stick
The very first thing I did to win2012 R2 was install classic shell and turn off all the metro BS...no mess no fuss, everyone's happy.
It's been going to shit ever since around the time it was taken over by microsoft
I still want to know why a clean install of winders 8 eats 17Gb of hard drive space...
I mean, what the hell is in it that takes up that amount of space? It's obscene. And yet I can fit a fully working linux distro on a CD.
More stealthy? Nah, using WWII era radar, these so-called stealth planes light up like a Christmas tree. Plus they cannot fly in rain, because the radar absorbing paint, er, washes off...
Ah, but the difference is, they introduce new features, and remove the existing options. Under KDE, they introduced the same gimped start menu that win7 ships with. I hate it. BUT....KDE give users a choice to use the standard kde 'start' menu, if they wanted to. Why is a massive company like microsoft seemingly incabable of realising that users need and want choice and customisation in how they want to do things? seriously, how hard is it to leave the start menu alone, but give users the choice to enable/disable it? Why can't I resize the start screen tiles to exactly whaetver size I want? or colour them anyway I like, or theme them, or give them some depth, or change the shitty boring icons to something more skeuomorphic, and pleasing to the eye, so that I actually know what they mean?
For win7, I have to install a 3rd party tool like classic shell in order use the normal start menu.
For a long time, there was this thing in software design, where users could customise to their hearts content and make things look the way they wanted to; now it's all about removing choice and options, and 'It's this way or nothing' mentaility. It's really poor thinking. Office 2013...there are 3, yes 3 colour schemes...blinding white, light grey, slightly darker grey. It looks fucking awful!!! It looks like a rough and ready beta version, where they couldn't be arsed to make it look decent.
Big reason why we switched to linux and never looked back. I'm grateful to the developers for giving us the choice in how we want to make things look.
I have to remote into one everyday. We asked for 2008, but got 2012 R2...agreed; stupid isn't the word for it, especially when you're using 4 non-touchscreen monitors.
So I just installed classic shell on it, turned off all the metro crap and everyone's happy.
Yep, and thank you very much!
(Although we had to pay that too, once upon a time)
$7.99 per month for netflix, $6 per month for a proxy server so we can watch BBC iplayer and stream live BBC TV...we never even bothered with cable; we haven't even got a digital aerial.
You don't miss what you don't have in the first place
Especially the ads
Time to look for another cross platform browser that doesn't look like shit.
On windows server 2012, that's excatly what I did, install classic sheel, disable metro everywhere, and got back to being productive again.
I don't have time for charms, live tiles and other frivolous metro bullshit. I have real work to do.
LOL, that's sheer insanity....on KDE I just click the shutdown button that I have on my taskbar (Right next to the KDE application launcher menu)
You can save yourself the torture by installing a start menu replacement and disabling all aspects of metro
I hate all this flat, bland look as well, most especially with websites. Makes you stop and wonder what's actually clickable or not, also the icons don't resemble familiar things. Makes no sense, why do they make it a challenge for people to figure things out. I also hate how they don't put borders around things, so images etc. just bleed into the page. It's messy and ugly, and things aren't broken into sections; it's simply not pleasing to the eye. Couple that with extra large super size light grey fonts on a blinding white background....It looks absolutely, completely ghastly. Whitespace wasteland.
It's why I love KDE interface so much...the icons are lovely, and it has some DEPTH, plus it's beautiful to look at.
This whole minimalist, flat bullshit reminds me of mullets....they looked god awful back then, even more laughable now. In 5 years, folks will be looking back and going OMG, did we really design stuff like that?