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  • Windows 9 Leaks

    @TexasToast: +1000. 

    While bonds likes metro snap I prefer aero snap as it doesn't result in a bunch of "windows" that are so narrow they are useless. If you're working with more than a couple of windows metro snap quickly becomes worthless IMO.

    User experiences and needs differ based on screen resolution and input devices so Microsoft should consider the need for versatility more than they have in the past. It's great when they automate the behavior of the feature based on context (i.e. start menu for desktop + mouse + keyboard, start screen for tablets + touch). It's even better when they allow the user to override that behavior via configuration. 

  • Windows 9 Leaks

    , bondsbw wrote


    Aw, you don't like people complaining?


    I don't mind at all. It means now I get to call people who complain "trolls" because they are criticizing Microsoft's grand vision. Keep the rants coming!

  • Some insights into Wacom > N-Trig change: Surface pro 3

    , paaddor wrote

    I'm a Wacom user for 10 Years mainly to take notices by Windows Journal. Today 1 got my surface 3 with this Ntrig pen. It is s catastrophe.

    1. The pen doesn't work with Windows Journal when the Surface is simultaneously connected to a beamer

    2. The touch function isn't complete switchd off such that the heel of the hand gives irritations.

    3. The handwriting becomes very scrawly, not so with the Wacom pen.

    Short: the Ntrig pen isn't usable.

    I was wondering how well it compares. Sad -- I was hoping for something better. Sounds like the prototype tablet they gave out at Build 2011 is still superior for note taking.

  • 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 MIcrosoft felt the only thing that would appease them is to remove the very concept of Metro in its entirety.

    Thanks.  :@

    OMG! All those Microsoft haters killed your Metro! You poor thing. :S

    , kettch wrote


    No good basing a bunch of assumptions on a leaked screenshot of a leaked build designed to be a preview for a very specific group of people or a very specific feature-set.

    Finally something we can agree on. :) 

  • Netbook vs. Chromebook (part deux)

    , cbae wrote


    You said Windows is "fundamentally" garbage. ChromeOS is fundamentally Linux. ChromeOS is essentially a shell on top of Linux that hides all of its warts. If Microsoft thought it necessary to do the same, it wouldn't be all that difficult to do (on a technical basis, that is). They'd have more difficulties dealing with the blowback that usually comes with any significant change that they introduce.

    That effectively what my friend did. She didn't care about Windows, the start screen, Store apps, etc. She just wanted bits of Office and Chrome. WindowsNext = AnyOS + Office :)

  • Netbook vs. Chromebook (part deux)

    , cbae wrote


    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.

    LOL. It's easy as pie. Gimme an RDC into your PC and I'll show you. :)

  • Netbook vs. Chromebook (part deux)

    , Bass wrote


    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.

    I hate Google docs -- hard. The spreadsheet app is worthless. I want a robust, trustworthy, performant, local productivity app most of the time. No doubt there are some web apps that are buttery smooth and performant but Google doc, et al don't do it for me.

  • Netbook vs. Chromebook (part deux)

    A friend of mine just got an Acer Aspire Switch 10 - something I believe falls in the new "netbook" category of computing that Microsoft is trying to bring back from the dead.

    When I asked her what she'd be using it for and if she tried it just as a tablet yet she said:

    I am gonna use it mostly to do homework while in school, waiting in between classes... i got rid of all the apps and kept only word, powerpoint, and google chrome!

    I about died laughing. She nearly stripped it down to a chromebook.

    That said I think it underscores the importance of decoupling Office from Windows as she could do without the OS if it ran Word, PowerPoint, and Google Chrome. I'm so glad Microsoft is finally getting back to it's embrace-extend-extinguish roots (well maybe without the extinguish part).

  • What % of people use Visual Studio Database Project?

    , spivonious wrote

    I've looked at it a few times, but have never used it on a real project. Most of our apps access a shared database, so I'd either need to have two solutions going, or have the same database project in every solution, and that just gets messy from a source control perspective.

    We use RedGate SQL Compare for moving DB changes between environments. It does a great job 99% of the time.

    Yeah shared databases are a bit tricky source control-wise.

    With RedGate SQL Compare do use their source control add-in? I'm trying to get my head around their life-cycle. Adding another $1 - $2K per developer is probably going to be a deal-breaker for me though unless I can justify some huge improvement from what we're doing now.

  • Apple ​Announcemen​ts

    , spivonious wrote


    NFC payments...haven't we heard this before? Google Wallet, Wallet for Windows Phone 8...neither has seen any market penetration. Let's get chip-and-pin credit cards in the U.S. first.

    IMO, mobile payments won't take off until it's easier to use your smart phone or watch over a credit card. I've tried a variety of mobile payment solutions and they all fail in my book because it takes too much effort relative to using a credit card:

    1. Unlock screen
    2. Start payment app
    3. Wait for the network
    4. Link up the NFC again and again (or alternative identification equally as slow)
    5. Press pay

    And that workflow assumes the person behind the counter knows how these types of payments work (Square -- I'm looking at you.) Just having a sign in front of the register stating you accept a certain payment type doesn't mean your staff is capable of taking such payments:

    Me: Where is the NFC reader?

    Clerk: NFC wha?

    Me: The place I put my smartphone to pay the bill.

    Clerk: You can do that?

    I've had the same experience with Square -- having to explain to the clerk how it works and help them with the screens. It brings back bad memories of being in Best Buy when Windows 8 just came out. :)

    I really hope with Apple's popularity they can drive adoption but I fear it will be locked in their ecosystem.

    And my dearest Verizon: thanks for f'ing up Google Wallet. I hope ISIS (the movement) catches up with your ISIS payment system someday soon and plunders it. Disclaimer: I do not endorse ISIS (the movement) in any way, shape, or form and hope they all jihad themselves in suicide bomber training. In retrospect: ISIS (the movement) plunders Verizon's ISIS payment system and uses the money to blow themselves up.