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  • Netbook vs. Chromebook (part deux)

    , evildictait​or wrote

    *snip*

    Right. Just like how trying to edit the registry requires you to elevate via UAC and then click through the prompt that says "Adding information can cause components to stop working correctly".

    Normal users don't edit or see the registry. It's not like we're living in 1995 anymore.

    Not keys that don't require elevated privs. I'm not even in the business of "IT" anymore and I get everyone I know and barely know ask me to fix their broken Windows machines. It's 2014 I think. Windows's design is pure garbage, and always will be because it's fundamental to Windows itself (unless Microsoft lends the rights to the trademark Windows to some other OS). 

  • Windows 9 Leaks

    , bondsbw wrote

    According to this (which links to the same site, but is written in English), Metro appears to be gone from desktop users.

    Meaning they are taking away my beautiful TWM-like snap view environment.

    Meaning I am pissed at all those people who (you know who you are) constantly complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained and complained until they took out some very useful tools.

    Thanks.  :@

    You should fork Windows 9, add the UI code from Windows 8 and call it Windows Mint.

  • Netbook vs. Chromebook (part deux)

    Actually it's more something like "your computer is insecure, press space to correct" which makes it basically impossible to lend your dev mode Chromebook to anyone without them wiping any custom OS you put on it if you forget to tell them not to press space, and they might anyway. I'm talking from experience here. :'(

  • Netbook vs. Chromebook (part deux)

    , evildictait​or wrote

    *snip*

    1) Enable dev mode
    2) rm -rf /etc

    Right you have to enable dev mode, which is also trivially possible to disable to revert back to the previous state. When you are in dev mode and you start up a Chromebook, for 30 seconds on boot (completely wrecking the "fast boot" niceity too, btw), the thing says "hey, you are in dev mode! if this is wrong, press the space bar." Yes, really, the space bar. There is no "are you sure?" either, it completely wipes your Chromebook the moment you press that space bar, accidentally or otherwise. If you install a different OS, all your files, and everything are gone as Chromebook reverts to its original state.

    There are hardware hacks to avoid this, but even they aren't perfect for many Chromebooks. This is actually my biggest compliant with Chromebook: it's hard to alter, even if you want to.

  • Netbook vs. Chromebook (part deux)

    , TheJoe wrote

    Not all netbooks are chromebooks but all chromebooks are netbooks.

    If Chromebook Pixel is a netbook, then I want me some netbook. :)

  • Netbook vs. Chromebook (part deux)

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

    I suppose it's possible to "screw up your system" through the registry, but I don't think it's particularly easy to do so since the most important registry keys are protected by permissions.

    Hmm, lets start by wiping everything under current user's mapped HKEY_CURRENT_USER.

    Wait, are you still there? :D

  • Netbook vs. Chromebook (part deux)

    , Sven Groot wrote

     What, and screwing up your system by mucking with stuff in /etc is not easy?

    How do I delete /etc on my Chromebook? :)

  • Netbook vs. Chromebook (part deux)

    @cbae:

    The problem is not the idea of a registry, but that you can screw up your system by changing it.

     

  • Netbook vs. Chromebook (part deux)

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

    Chromebooks have conf files scattered across the file system.

    Unless you go into dev mode (which quite annoyingly.. a lot of Chromebooks, like my own, make this somewhat difficult to achieve), you don't see any filesystem. ChromeOS's security mode make the OS immutable, user settings are on a special part of the FS and encrypted - not trivial to mess with.

    All you see in ChromeOS is the Chrome web browser, and something like two extra settings on the settings panel (wifi, wallpaper background) that don't exist in the one you download for a 3rd party OS.

  • Netbook vs. Chromebook (part deux)

    @DeathByVisualStudio:

    Interesting. I have a Chromebook and yes, it is literally just Chrome. However, I end up using it more then any other laptop I've ever had. Chromebooks run only one application - Chrome. But they run it really, really well.