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  • Seems like metro on the desktop is a done deal

    , BitFlipper wrote

    So in some ways those things can help make the UI more intuitive, so it isn't just for cosmetic purposes. But nothing more than that, please no leather, wood, chrome or any of that crap.

    Ok that's where I differ.   I want all the leather, wood , chrome, or any other artistic crap that a good graphic designer can think up.   Why not?  You get to play with code and make cool apps,  why not let the graphic designers think up some things to make our lives pleasant.  (Optional of course,  you can turn off the parts you don't like).    That's how Apple sells products with artistic cool factor.

    Tesla sells cars not because they are electric,  but they look good.

  • Seems like metro on the desktop is a done deal

    , bondsbw wrote


    Bottom line is, a computer is not the world.

    Skeuomorphism was a good tool to provide people with context on how this screen-and-CPU-and-disk thing can help do the things they already know how to do, like writing a note or tapping a button to make something happen.  Now that people understand this, we don't need the help guides.

    I think your opinion of people is way overrated or you only know smart well educated ones.  

    I do think however we don't need a flat square with one boring color and say that's the best I can do for a button.   People push buttons all the time on elevators etc. and making a small effort to put a button on the screen that looks like a button is not much to ask for.    Doing this does not take away from computers doing more than the physical world can do.   The computer still cannot make me smell a dungy wet basement or some freshed baked bread.   I cannot feel a sticky or greasy button .     Computers have a lot more to do to represent the real world.    By the way,  if I can talk across the globe there is no reason why my notepad cannot show up on two monitors across the globe other than poor implementation.

  • something pretty amazing is going to happen with windows phone

    , ScanIAm wrote


    Tell that to  CNN...

    TechRadar.com must be owned or managed by MSNBC where they just make up stuff and say it is news. 

  • something pretty amazing is going to happen with windows phone

    Probably a Skype phone.   No monthly fees is the only thing that would be huge.  Of course you need a WIFI connection but maybe Microsoft is buying some low orbit satellites that give you WIFI to your phone. (wait I think Google is on that already)    Actually, I have been waiting for Microsoft to do something big for awhile now.   Dropping OLE for .NET was last big thing.  Have they figured out how to get your phone to make you a sandwich?   That could be big too.   :D

  • Seems like metro on the desktop is a done deal

    Bottom line is the world is not flat.   Windows 8 is not a modern UI but should be called retro UI.  The comment from intelman saying " I hope more developers get over themselves and embrace the Windows store".  Why don't you get over yourself.  High DPI support can be done without a windows store app.   Looking at this app (IE 11),  I cannot tell a tab from a menu item from a quick launch button until I move my mouse over it.   How can this be an improvement from where we were with Vista?  I reject the rejection of skeuomorphism.  This could be a generational thing since younger people don't know what knobs are, or meters, or physical buttons.   I bet today with touch screens there are 12 year olds with phones that might not know what a physical keyboard is.   They will have a hard time driving a classic car with knobs and pedals etc.

  • Seems like metro on the desktop is a done deal

    @BitFlipper: I agree with you that this could be good news.  I hope they bring in some eye candy and more 3D and better graphics.   The flat concept was more for touch or devices that did not have resources but now that the two are somewhat divorced,  lets move ahead and maybe get the graphic artists to spin up some new themes and templates.(menus, buttons, frames etc.)   Also, I never liked the full screen store apps.  (docking does not cut it) .    Microsoft usually fixes their screw-ups but it takes a while.  Looking forward to native C# (compiled) on desktop as next big technology improvement.

  • It's getting weirder. Patents, die already

    @bondsbw: That is correct.  The small player goes bankrupt defending his patent,  or he goes bankrupt defending himself against false claims.  Once you experience the legal system and the high costs of attorneys,  you realize who the real enemy is and who loves this system because they make all the money win or lose.

  • It's getting weirder. Patents, die already

    This is one great way to become wealthy.   Don't work hard and study hard.   Going to work as a software engineer for a big corporation is for losers.   Get your law degree,  find some patents, and start filing lawsuits.   You will earn more money in 2 years than anyone writing these patents earn in a lifetime.  Do I feel sorry for these corporations getting sued?  I do not because they don't give any real profit to the authors of these patents.   The executives pay themselves with stock options and leave the software patent owner with table scraps.   I don't know why fanbaby cares about this unless he is one of the wealthy players in this game.   They don't sue you if you are not worth more than 5 million USD.  The patent system is really a game of legal extortion between wealthy players being decided by people who have no clue about technology.


  • Google I/O

    I hope to see them inventing a great development environment for window, Linux, and Android that is as good or better than Visual Studio with C#.   I hope they can invent and be creative rather than stealing technology from Sun and Microsoft and Apple.  If they can do this,  then they can read my email and show me advertisements as much as they want.  I don't see much that google offers other than advertising my products on searches which really puts them as a media company more than a tech company.

    They bought Nest and some other tech products but what are they doing with them.   They will do stuff like show you a hot tea product you can buy on sale when they know it is cold outside by you.   Again, all advertising and media.   Soon they will know more about us and our needs then our closest friends and relatives.   With their set top box,  they will be able to target advertising based on what you like to watch,  where you surf on the net,  where you go by tracking your position on your phone,  who you talk to and send email to, and what your home is like.   This could be a good thing or bad thing.   It is creepy however.

  • Scott Hanselman, what's your take on this

    @JohnAskew: I hope this patent game gets fixed.   But lets put the blame where it belongs, the patent system.   This whole thing has gone out of control and needs a major revamp and hopefully the tide is turning.