a traditional Windows desktop will be available (certainly on x86, perhaps on arm) for those who are determined enough to figure out how to reenable it
You mean to say that clicking on the "desktop" tile that's conveniently located on the welcome 'Metro' screen requires determination and figuring out? It's not even re-enabling it. It hasn't gone anywhere that requires any trickery to get back - unlike the Start Menu.
As I said, the only groups being hurt by this are Google and those dumb enough to rely on Android for their future, anyone else with a brain will take a look at the competition and more open platforms.
Newsflash: Consumers don't care about whether Google's playing nice with the Linux community or not.
*and in Australia, this phrase is rather amusing because "rooting" something is usually vernacular for "have sex with"...
Needless to say, when I discovered this, I immediately rang the customer and advised them to check if their bank was still there or not. Then I took two aspirin and lay down for a while.
I'm not sure if this phone was running cupcake or donut, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it was cupcake (there are supposedly speed improvements in donut.)
Yeah, it would have been 1.5 - the problem with the Hero is that because it's so heavily customised, you can't just update it to Donut and run with it, unlike the Sapphire/Magic/myTouch3G.
Having said that though, there is a recent official firmware update that supposedly significantly speeds the device up. I don't actually have a Hero, but I've tried one of the backports to the Magic hardware, and it seems to work fairly well.
However, I'll have to agree with the spirit of your post; the Hero's OS is biting off more than it can chew. Sadly, 1st-generation Android hardware is underpowered for such things.
I am pretty sure in the properties dialog for a file (possibly only for shortcuts) there is an option "hotkey" (or something like that) that lets you assign any hotkey (probably including ones using the Windows key) to running that program.
unfortunately not. CTRL+ALT combos only, I'm afraid.
You raise an interesting point though - I use all those symbols a lot more than I use the numbers they're set to by default. If I were to design the computer keyboard today, I'd leave the numbers off those keys and force people to use the numpad.
It might even have the bonus side-effect of reducing the amount of SMStalk in the online world. Maybe.
I'm one of those people that uses CRTL+INS/SHIFT+INS to copy/paste. Quite often while using one of those keyboards, I'd simply take a screenshot of some highlighted text, rather than copying it.
The Scroll Lock key is useless but not harmful
I beg to differ - my work uses this arcane software package for some services (Ericom PowerTerm). It has this "feature" that stops the screen from updating if Scroll Lock is on.
Couple that with some of the keyboards at work having a retarded layout where Print Screen/Scroll Lock/Pause are directly above the arrow keys, and you have a recipe for annoyance.
Hen I got my Logitech G15 Keyboard, it had a feature where you could turn the winkeys off. The only thing I thought of when I saw this was "What kind of hamfisted people keep pressing it by accident?"
As for backwards support (or abandoning it) that worked well for Apple.
Lots of things work well for Apple, including;
- Bundling their own media player
- Bundling their own browser
- Locking out competitors
Let's see Microsoft try that and get away with it. Oh wait, they tried and didn't.
Fahrenheit is useful for giving the public a good idea of what temperature scales are involved
This is only true for a small percentage of the world's population.