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Humorless me: The comment documenting the parameter, which talks about the shift key.
Sarcastic me: The sh*t key must be one of the new Win 8 features for making Muggle style (cr)apps.
Me, the exorcist: I don't care about Mickeysoft's little mistakes anymore and have begun to put my work on new feet. Forget XNA, forget .Net, forget Mickeysoft if possible. It throws me back a little, but I now base my code on C++, standard libraries, OpenGL and other open source libraries. For now I still use Win32, but not without carefully insulating my code from the OS with an abstraction layer. If Mickeysoft gets even more crazy, I will get my stuff to run on any other suitable OS in short time.
I was just reviewing the pricing options for Win8 and was wondering, for those planning to install Win8, are you upgrading or going with the System Builder option? I prefer to do clean installs over upgrades, but need to keep a 32 bit environment for testing...maybe not at that price! The 64 bit System Builder option is reasonable though at 99 usd.
I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
There are some core changes that I really do like.
1) Using a microsoft account to syncronise machine settings and as login mechanism.
2) Multiple file copy/transfers; If you start different copy/move operations, these get stacked up into a window, and you can pause/restart operations each operation has nice visuals on transfer rates etc.
3) Task manager is a lot better. Having more resource graphs etc without having to open up the resource monitor is good.
I was thinking that fonts etc were all too big in the likes of visual studios code views, but only noticed this morning that in the personalisation settings these were set to Medium-125%, changed them to Smaller-100% and everything is much better.
I upgraded my main machine at home, and if I went back to W7 the thing I would miss the most is the performance. It was a noticeable improvement.
I'm also really liking the new start screen and some of the apps that go along with it. I don't use IE, the Chrome experience is much better as it allows plugins (AdBlock) and keeps my tabs and bookmarks visible.
There have been joys too great to be described in words, and there have been griefs upon which I have not dared to dwell, and with these in mind I say, climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste, look well to each step, and from the beginning think what may be the end. - Edward Whymper
I read all comments so far, and the only two mentioned improvements are performance and asynchronous file system operations for lengthy stuff. I had both of these for years already on Kubuntu - without a loss of eye candy.
What I was hoping for is the market to behave like a package manager for Windows, and provide easy installation for all the popular free source packages out there, but that's unlikely given the developer fee. (You can't expect that someone would pay to be able to provide you with the results of his unpaid work.)
Same here on the production systems...but soon I am sure to have customers getting it with new hardware. I have already thoroughly tested our applications on the RP, so I'm not worried about that aspect. Still, I have to prepare for the unknown and become proficient in whatever version of Windows customers are likely to be using.
Still, I have to prepare for the unknown and become proficient in whatever version of Windows customers are likely to be using.
That's the trick, deciding what they are "likely" to be using. Offhand, to me, sticking with desktop development seems a safe bet. It will have the largest audience. Desktop S/W will run on everything from XP to Win8. I'd say that's a pretty good audience.
It also depends on what type of application you're writing. If it's got to have a highly complex GUI, would the touch-based (Metro) be a good target for it? Maybe not.
I've walked the path. I prefer upgrades as some of the drivers of my computer do not install properly once i'm on Windows 8 (damn Dell), any way i've already made a clean installation and like it so far.
A frog telephoned the Psychic Hotline and was told, "You are going to meet a beautiful young woman who will want to know everything about you."
The frog said, "That's great! Will I meet her at a party, or what?"
"No," said the psychic, "Next semester in her biology class."