Contributed by Tcat Houser
In the classic movie Network, character Howard Beale yells out the window: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going take it anymore!”
This is how I feel. Before you just dismiss me as some Microsoft cheerleader, I assure you, I don’t drink Redmond Kool-Aid. Certainly I was a Microsoft supporter for almost a quarter century. They made computing simpler and more affordable. While I was an active Microsoft cheerleader, the shifting of the political winds in the latter half of the 1990s made my relationship with Microsoft more like the snake and the mongoose.
This does not mean I am close minded. There is a Microsoft afoot that is reminiscent of both the good and evil of Microsoft.
A number of ‘experts’ are making noises about how Windows 8/RT is ‘awful’.
The sole complaint is the loss of the start button, and hating the Metro interface. As a COF (Certified Old Fort) I do not like the Metro interface either. However decrying Windows 8 just because people whose brains are used to tablet computing are getting a familiar interface is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
Every part of the subsystem, and pretty much every DLL has been scrutinized and reworked. The result is old hardware that would not be worth giving to Africa as a donation, shipped by boat has new life and meaning with Windows 8. I have successfully run a YouTube video and make comments into WordPad using Windows Speech Recognition on a Pentium CPU measured in megahertz and one gig of RAM.
And that was back in the Developer Preview which still had bloat in it from the debugging code. It has only gotten better with the Release Preview.
All this screaming and yelling reminds me very much of the days when ‘Chicago’ made its debut as Windows 95. The same naysayers thinking is there, just change the actual version of Windows.
August 2012 will mark my one year anniversary of living day-to-day in Windows 8. The process has been considerably less painful than my two years of living in ‘Chicago’.
Yes, I miss the start button, full-stop.
I find it going to the extreme lower left with the mouse a half-baked solution.
I fully expect to find in the Microsoft Application Store somebody will sell me a app that will give me a tile that looks suspiciously like the Start button. If anybody out there reading this is working on that, please put me on your volunteer list for beta testers.
Watching how Windows 8 has turned from something that likes to do the BSOD and eat RAM chips for lunch into something that both OS X and Linux can learn from has me thinking some .Net developer will surely give me a Start button app.
Even without it, I have my workarounds. You may have heard of them. On my Desktop I have that Windows 95 thing known as Shortcuts. For my most heavily used apps I have shortcuts on the bottom of the screen just to the left of the taskbar icons.
Given the stability, miserly resource needs, backwards compatibility and security that not even is fully copied in Apple’s forthcoming Mountain Lion, I don’t understand what all the crying is about.