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Windows 8 And Einstein's Definition Of Insanity
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LorinThwaits
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LorinThwaits,
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8/3/2013 | 1:38:31 PM
re: Windows 8 And Einstein's Definition Of Insanity
Agree completely.

Incredulous that despite the deafening backlash Microsoft continues down this flawed path. Trying to use the Start Screen for anything is akin to using a butter knife as a screwdriver. It might work, but it's definitely NOT the right tool for the job. The whole experience is condescending and amateurish.
sbalog
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sbalog,
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8/3/2013 | 1:30:58 AM
re: Windows 8 And Einstein's Definition Of Insanity
A third-party vendor (Stardock) has been doing for a year what Microsoft refuses to do - restore the full Start menu (not just the button) and fix Metro full-screen apps that can't window and don't have a click button to close. With Start8 and MetroMix in place for under $10, Windows 8 isn't awful. It's Windows 7.1 with a few big improvements like Client HyperV and the Task Manager.
Becca L
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8/2/2013 | 7:52:02 PM
re: Windows 8 And Einstein's Definition Of Insanity
For those as curious as I was... "[The quote] has been mis-attributed to Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Mark Twain. In fact, none of these great minds were responsible for such a convincing, yet blatantly incorrect definition. The first time it actually appeared in print was in a 1981 Narcotics Anonymous text (page 11)." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...
df805
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df805,
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8/2/2013 | 6:52:05 PM
re: Windows 8 And Einstein's Definition Of Insanity
Fortunately, Microsoft is too full of pride to admit they made a mistake. So they will keep making the mistake.

As a long time Microsoft detractor, I am so glad Ballmer runs the place. He will continue to bring them down.
Palomar Parkman
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Palomar Parkman,
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8/2/2013 | 6:15:47 PM
re: Windows 8 And Einstein's Definition Of Insanity
The quote attributed to Einstein is not his. Do your homework - NOT SMART!
Mark532010
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Mark532010,
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8/2/2013 | 5:46:10 PM
re: Windows 8 And Einstein's Definition Of Insanity
its frustrating because the Metro/Modern was really needed. We have an older touchscreen laptop and I tried playing around on Win7 using touch exclusively, it was quite the frustrating experience, too many things are too tiny to hit right. So a new paradigm really was needed and the touch interface is well done in Win8.

What is frustrating is the forcible lock on it. People would have been so happy to have a new way to easily download Angry Birds, but by forcing it on people as the only solution they generated a lot of ill will and eliminating desktop development to focus on lackluster simplistic-consumer-centric apps only aggravated it

Now that 8.1 Metro/Modern is removing the ability to access pictures *anywhere* except skydrive and the single default pictures location (and presumably other apps will follow as well) it seems that they are heading 180 degrees away from any/all power/business users.
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DDURBIN1,
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8/2/2013 | 5:37:37 PM
re: Windows 8 And Einstein's Definition Of Insanity
There is nothing new or innovated about the Surface product line putting the price point way out of line. From a hardware perspective it's old stuff and not completive. From a software perspective it's not intuitive enough. Unless there is someone at Microsoft that can tell the king (Ballmer) he has no cloths, I doubt any turn around is in the near future for Surface. The Zune may have some company in Microsoft's product graveyard.
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8/2/2013 | 4:44:59 PM
re: Windows 8 And Einstein's Definition Of Insanity
Cutting the price will not, to use an overused analogy, make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. People generally dislike (or hate) the Modern UI and by extension Win8, and a low price won't entice a lot of folks into buying this steaming pile of dog crap

Microsoft blew it, and its time to give in and admit defeat, even if it is only a tacit admission via a quick release of Win9 with the real desktop and real start menu back as the default.
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