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Living Room / Now this is a Windows 8 review I heartily applaud
« on: November 04, 2012, 01:04 PM »
From the Make Use Of blog. Warning: dripping sarcasm ahead!

Get Great Windows 8 Features Without the Upgrade [Opinion]


It’s time to reinvent the desktop OS

Says who? Seriously, whoever pronounces such a grand ex-cathedra statement better do some heavy lifting first to support this argument.

Like Neowin says, take Windows 8 for what it is. Do not try and compare it to the past versions of Windows.

Why not? It's not a new Clint Eastwood movie. It's not a work of art. It is a tool which I expect to make my life and work easier. If I buy a new hammer, it is perfectly reasonable to compare it to the one I had before.

Anyway, how's that touch UI on a screen positioned some three feet away from the user? :-)

While I'm ranting, who came up with that infinitely lame and untranslatable name, "charms"? In Polish version of 8 this thing is now simply called a "panel". We do have a word for a "charm", of course, but used for anything other than a physical artifact such as an amulet or a talisman, it just sounds too weird and nonsensical. As a software translator, I am thankful I was not the one who had to figure this one out. Next, why not call folders "teepees" and files, "gems"? That would be really modern and really hipster-like, oh my!


Like ads in the "free" apps on your smartphone or tablet? Now you'll have them on the desktop, too.

If anyone, like me, wondered what on earth Microsoft was doing replacing the convenient traditional desktop with a dumb, dysfunctional mobile-device interface, here's your answer: New environment, new rules.

We pretty much won the war against adware on the desktop years ago, but we totally dropped the ball on smartphones and tablets. They were so new and shiny, after all! Well, now your computer is going to be just like your phone.

O, M, G.

Living Room / Re: Western Digital playing kinda loose with your privacy
« on: September 23, 2012, 10:19 PM »
So I'm all into the DIY thing now.  I don't care if it's more expensive, or more work, or whatever.

I totally understand your approach, though myself, as I get older, I seem to be going in the opposite direction: no tinkering for me, just let me buy and use the packaged thing that works. (Though I still do and will continue to build my own computers from parts.)

Plus, could you DIY your way to a NAS drive? I really like/need (not sure which :-) having access to all my files from any computer at home, and my phone or laptop when I'm away, plus a media player in the room with the TV, which happens to be the room with no computer in it. I like it better than any cloud service that could replace the NAS, anyway.

Living Room / Re: Western Digital playing kinda loose with your privacy
« on: September 23, 2012, 10:14 PM »
That's pretty rough, and from a pretty wild angle. "Hard Drive makers? Since when do they play the privacy shenanigans?!" Even worse, "how much do I trust Western Digital to have good data practices?!"   I don't even KNOW how to answer that one, HD companies are so far off the radar of the usual privacy infringing suspects, I don't even know what to say.

First, it would seem that today pretty much everyone who's selling you anything is participating in the (no-)privacy game. Second, I do not trust anyone to have good data practices unless their profit is directly and proportionately related to them taking a good care of their clients' privacy. It's my personal experience that even those who require and store your credit card data (i.e., various online stores) do not have adequate protection against theft of that data.

In this case, how much profit would WD stand to lose if someone hacked in and copied the support logs? Not much at all, I think. There would be a story on Slashdot, one in a thousand similar security breach stories, but WD is not a bank and as you rightly noticed, there is no association between a drive maker and  privacy issues, so - no biggie for them, I assume.

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