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Longhorn Drops 'My' Prefixes

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the but-how-will-i-know-who-owns-it dept.

Windows 1037

ryanjm writes "Microsoft has decided to drop the "my" prefixes for Longhorn. Instead of "My Computer," it will be just just plain simple "Computer". "

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Brilliant! Simply brilliant! (5, Funny)

daniil (775990) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698282)

Can't wait what they'll come up with next!

Re:Brilliant! Simply brilliant! (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698331)

Hey, it's Microsoft innovation [] at its finest! ;-)

Re:Brilliant! Simply brilliant! (1)

Talking Goat (645295) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698348)

Actually, I want to know who "they" is, actually. I didn't see a single MS source cited... Rumor mill at it again?

Re:Brilliant! Simply brilliant! (4, Funny)

shamowfski (808477) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698350)

Next, they'll remove "Computer" and "Documents". Leaving you to navigate a virtual quagmire of ""'s and the ever elusive "". Crazy "" always where least expect it. Right beneath "".

Oh the irony (4, Insightful)

suso (153703) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698391)

What's funny about this is that the same people who needed to be coaxed into using a computer by prefixing common icons with "My" will now further be confused because they will think that the folder is somehow different in its function.

"But that's not *my* Videos, it must be someone elses. Doesn't that have to do with it being multi-user?"

Re:Brilliant! Simply brilliant! (1)

CKnight (92200) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698416)

Probably replace it with "This". I always thought that name would be correct more often than "My".

Re:Brilliant! Simply brilliant! (4, Funny)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698420)

"Our computer" (old "My computer")
"Collective" (old "Network neighbourhood")
"Contact with the masses" (old "Internet" -> MSIE)

Toss in a red-and-yellow UI theme, a sicle&hammer icon and the Internationale playing in the background...

Re:Brilliant! Simply brilliant! (1)

Some_Llama (763766) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698443)

" "Our computer" (old "My computer")"

OR with the new DRM schemes it will soon be:
"Their Computer" (old Our computer)

Obligatory Star Trek IV Quote... (1)

Omega (1602) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698448)

From Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home [] :

[faced with a 20th century computer]
Scotty [] : Computer. Computer?
[Bones hands him a mouse and he speaks into it]
Scotty [] : Hello, computer.
Dr. Nichols [] : Just use the keyboard.
Scotty [] : Keyboard. How quaint.

Uh oh... (5, Funny)

johndierks (784521) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698283)

How will I know whose files they are?

Re:Uh oh... (1)

Juice2504 (744291) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698351)

Doesn't matter with all the security holes everyone else will be able to read them anyway. :)


No need to figure it out! (2, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698381)

How will I know whose files they are?

With patentened Weak Windows Security (tm), they are EVERYONES files!

FP... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698284)

I 0wn jaaa ollllllll

My My... (5, Interesting)

nweaver (113078) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698288)

My My, what a shocking change....

I guess it means that with the new DRM technology, it really IS no longer your computer.

Re:My My... (1)

robbyjo (315601) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698321)

it really IS no longer your computer.

No, but I think that implies the computer is being 0wn3d. ;)

Re:My My... (1)

capt.Hij (318203) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698345)

Yeah it's easy to say that after you hear what someone else did. But take note from the article:

The technique seems especially outdated now that computers and technology have become such a normal part of everyday life, Naomi Baron, an American University Latest News about American University linguistics professor told the Post-Intelligencer.

This took someone with one of them thar pee-ach-dee's to figure this thing out. So don't be so smug!

Re:My My... (1)

MikeyLikesIt! (313421) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698439)

FYI - the letter "H" is spelled aitch [] ... Just in case you ever need to spell out pee-aitch-dee again :-)

Re:My My... (2, Interesting)

Rei (128717) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698428)

The thought of having your operating system "expire" on you if you don't pay a renewal fee (the ultimate DRM concept) is rather frightening, to say the least. I think that would actually be something disturbing enough to your average person to get them to consider alternative operating systems.

If they ever manage subscription-only operating systems, it would be tempting to make a "Donnie Darko" theme with an animated background: a scrawled-on arm whose numbers count down till the end of your license.

And for the next version... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698293)

It will be Bill's Computer

And in the next release... (3, Funny)

MarkusQ (450076) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698295)

And in the next release, they'll replace it with "Our".


Re:And in the next release... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698377)

And in the next release, they'll replace it with "Our".

You mean when Palladium (or whatever they call it these days) comes out?

Stuff that matters? (1)

MustardMan (52102) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698296)

Honestly, who cares? I heard in the next version of the Mustang, they are gonna change 'gearshift" to "gear changer"

Re:Stuff that matters? (1)

BridgeBum (11413) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698388)

Personally, I'm happy to see MS getting rid of spaces in common file names. Hopefully they will continue the trend and not have "Program Files", "Documents and Settings" and all the other folders which need to be quoted or otherwise referenced using special characters. (e.g., progra~1).

Finally! (1)

notmatt (632154) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698297)

Oh thank god for that. The whole 'my' thing has always bugged the hell out of me.

Awesome upgrade! (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698298)

I was undecided about upgrading to Longhorn in the future, but this solidifies my decision. This is definitely going to be worth the $300 upgrade!

Slow news day, eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698299)

So what?

hmm (1)

trybywrench (584843) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698301)

oh my
actually this is good, i hate those prefixes.

I say (1)

supe (163410) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698306)

My Word!

Incredible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698307)

Wow! That's news!

This is something important? (1)

UberGeekEdward (857976) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698309)

I can see the need to eliminate the "MY" in My Documents, it does tend to cause verbal stmbling when telling someone to go to MY "MY documents", but who really cares about MY Computer?

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698310)

...can I be the first to say, "My My..."

Getting rid of "my" because (1)

sqlrob (173498) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698311)

With palladium it's theirs.

But... but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698312)

How will malware authors know where to infect people's systems without the My Viruses, My Spyware and My Trojans directories? Think about your customers, Microsoft.

Community Baby Step (1)

Irish_Samurai (224931) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698313)

Oh, instead of My computer its Computer. How long till it's "Our Computer"?


jfisherwa (323744) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698315)

Stop all the downloadin'!

Innovation! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698316)

Who said MS cant innovate?

Obligatory Joke (1)

ggeezz (100957) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698317)

Does this mean that Bill Gates no longer considers your computer to be his?

Wow, that's all I needed to hear! Longhorn for me! (1)

Enigma_Man (756516) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698318)

Seriously though. Now how will I know who's computer it is I'm double-clicking on?

No really seriously though. Now I can't say "My Computer!" in a big retarded voice whenever I have to double-click on it.

Really though, this is some big news, a drastic change like this to the windows UI hasn't happened since 3.1.


rejoice! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698319)

And there was much rejoicing. Yea!!

How Appropriate (1)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698320)

With the new DRM lockdown mechanisms maybe they want to break their customers of thinking of the machine as their own :) I imagine "My Computer (except for the parts the MPAA and RIAA own) was too long to fit in the explorer window easily.

what if I get confused? (1)

uberjoe (726765) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698322)

How am I going to know who's computer I'm working on then huh? Think of the mass confusion when people forget where they are sitting without the reassuring 'my' prefix, telling my that I'm at my own desk in my own parent's basement? This is an outrage!

So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698323)

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like screaming, "SO WHAT?".

This is news?

A legal nuance... (1, Flamebait)

mikeophile (647318) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698324)

Since with Longhorn, nothing on your hard drive is really "yours" anymore.

Wow. (1)

Bradee-oh! (459922) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698325)

Whenever someone uses the argument "if open source kills commercial software, it will also kill innovation," now I know what they're talking about. My attitudes have changed. Long live commercial software.

Good (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698328)

It wasn't really useful nor did it make it easier for people to understand. (Especially when they were on someone else's computer). It was just an extra space to make it harder to program for and use the DOS prompt.

Annoying inconsistancy of Windows document folders (2, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698332)

I have to say that I always founf it very annoying how Windows constantly seems to shift where they think documents should go with each release, at one point being under the Windows directory...

Hopefully this sigals the last time these folders chage location/name. Then perhaps people would start to use them. I always use the default Documents/Music/Pictures folders on OS X but over the years I have avoided using the Windows equivilent because I knew it would shift and I'd have to learn the new placement again.

MyClassicTheme (1)

fembots (753724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698333)

I'm not entirely sure if this is really stuff that matters. The fact that MS drops it probably means it doesn't matter.

Who wants to be bet that there will be a MyClassicWindows Theme that changes XXXX back to MyXXXX just for the sake of it?

OUR (1)

Vampyre_Dark (630787) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698337)

They will now refer to it as "Our Computer", "Our Documents", "Our pictures of your wife", etc..

The new Microsoft believes in being more truthful.

Republipukes say: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698338)


So!? (1)

PablosBrain (71669) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698339)


For Accuracy (1)

KanSer (558891) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698340)

Those file names should change depending on the true owner.

i.e. Pwned by BonziBuddy.

An applaudable step towards transparency from Microsoft.

Pip pip.

I suppose it's safe to say... (1)

PornMaster (749461) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698341)

I guess that the next version of Microsoft's SQL Server won't be called My SQL Server.

why.... (1)

xao gypsie (641755) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698342) i get the feeling that this is indicative of their future liscensing practices? Is this going to be an OS that reminds us of liquor: you don't actually buy it, you just rent it? Their removal of 'my' has me worried that they are going to consider everything on your computer is simply rented from them...good thing im in love with Ubuntu...I don't have to worry about longhord screwing me.

Good Idea. (2, Funny)

autopr0n (534291) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698344)

In this DRM age, we wouldn't want consumers to belive they own anything. now CONSUME!

Confused parents (1)

SailorFrag (231277) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698346)

Well, this will actually be helpful when I'm trying to help my dad over the phone. For the longest time, I'd say "double click on My Computer" and he'd ask why he's going to my computer instead of his.


Release! (1)

Bean9000 (841843) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698349)

I can only presume that it was this difficult decision holding Longhorn back from release all this time.

I expect to see it in shelves by the end of the month

Remember, you heard it from here first.

This is /. news? (1)

Crashless (714186) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698354)

How is this on the front page of /.? Seems like a waste of bandwidth to me...

that's right... (1)

utexaspunk (527541) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698355)

once everyone and their dog P0wnz your computer, very little of it can be considered "yours" anymore anyway :)

Just another step (1)

Obsidian_AL (767205) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698358)

It's just another step in taking away our personal freedoms. Trying to commandeer our poor computers... geez. Damn those Zombie machines out there. Longhorn's only going to make it worse, but atleast Microsoft is making it slightly more obvious. Yes, that's right folks, your computers are no longer yours!

In related news... (4, Funny)

Xaroth (67516) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698359)

Apple picked up the prefix at auction on the cheap, along with the now much-maligned 'e' prefix and several other vowels.

Later, at a press conference, Steve Jobs announced the new, updated G5 eMy eioMac. Old MacDonald could not be reached for comment.

0wned (1)

water-and-sewer (612923) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698363)

They must have figured that, with so many Windows boxes overridden with trojans, spyware, adware, and zombie software that is being used to remotely send zillions of pieces of spam, *no one* can really say the computer is "theirs" anymore.

And wait until we rent our software. Then the concept of owning your computer will truly be a thing of the past.

looks like (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698365)

the insensitive clods finally got a clue.

My oh my. (1)

Guano_Jim (157555) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698369)

There goes my plan to cash in on a bunch Malaysian TLD [] URLs when Longhorn is released.

Ah well, it was a myopic business plan at best.

The reason is that... (1)

Lorphos (194963) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698370)

... with Longhorn, it will no longer be YOUR COMPUTER!

Why do they still say "computer"? (1)

jeblucas (560748) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698371)

Seriously? Why not drop that thing all together? It's usually used to represent your hard drive, right? I put sticky notes on my computer (and monitor)--I put electronic files on my hard drive.

I'm coming from a Mac perspective--am I way off base here?

Thank you! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698373)

Microsoft releases a whole new version of Windows so that I don't have to type "F2 -> Home -> Delete -> Delete -> Delete".

Must have saved me at least 5 minutes.

That will be a feature (1)

ARRRLovin (807926) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698376)

"New streamlined interface! No "My" prefix means 2 less letters to read, increasing productivity!"

I can't live without the MYs (1)

castlec (546341) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698379)

But what'll I do without My Porn???

fools! (1)

kote-men-do (881870) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698380)

Don't be so easily fooled!

WinFS simply doesn't support spaces in filenames!

About time (1)

tandr (108948) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698382)

Well, with all these exploits and whatsnot p0wns your computer, I guess we cannot claim it as My no more.

wow looking at the first 20 posts.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698383)

you mods got some reduntant points to give out :)

Where have I seen this before? (1)

'Canadian Fury' Bob (885124) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698385)

Exactly like how said folders are labeled on MY iBook?

degayize (1)

P3NIS_CLEAVER (860022) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698386)

any effort to degayize windows is welcome

Who cares? (1)

ScoLgo (458010) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698389)

Why is this a big deal? If you don't like the 'My' on there, change it yourself. I always edit the desktop icon names to 'This pooter' and 'Net hood', respectively. Or, if you're only accessing one network, use the workgroup name for the Network Neighborhood icon.

I mean, it's not rocket surgery or brain science, after all.

Interesting (1)

osrevad (796763) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698390)

My God! iWonder what Microsoft will replace it with.

Thank you! (1)

igotmybfg (525391) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698392)

An appalling user-interface gaffe finally corrected. I guess getting rid of the screwdriver and clawhammer folder for the Control Panel next would be too much to ask. Although I guess they are appropriate since most of the time when I run Windows I wish I had a hammer... to beat myself senseless with.

It's all Microsoft's Strategy (1)

Glaz (883674) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698394)

This is just part of Microsoft's agreement with the RIAA and MPAA to remind the consumer that, no, that music/movie/etc is not yours, and you have no right to believe it is. After all, files in these folders are becoming less and less accessible to the consumer in reasonable ways.

This is following the new Microsoft standard (1)

oGMo (379) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698395)

This follows Microsoft's new basic assertion that the computer and all its data belongs to Microsoft in the first place, therefore calling it "My Computer" is technically (and possibly legally) incorrect.

They were going to call it "Our Computer", but decided against it on the grounds that users might think they were sharing something, and didn't want there to be any confusion. Microsoft doesn't share anything.

(For the humorless: This is a joke. But it's funny because you know how close to the truth it is. Or maybe it's scary for the same reason.)

Improvement (1)

marcovje (205102) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698396)

Not an improvement to shell out cash for, but still an improvement :-)

Make sense... (2, Interesting)

Lemmingue (788112) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698397)

... since when a computer is shared between people it cannot be called "My Computer". The cyber café's box is not "My Computer".
Microsoft should check if there's more than one user registered in the machine and put an "Our Computer" label below the icon :-)

...but more importantly (1)

Fr33z0r (621949) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698399)

They'll be changing the popular "Shut Do..." button to the even less meaningful "Do..."

Example of Microsoft Innovation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698402)

Now this is the kind of innovation Msoft can really overtake Tiger with.

Finally a Longhorn improvement that Msoft will not have to backtrack on and say that it will not be included in Longhorn after all.

In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698403)

Bill shifted weight from his left buttock to his right. Seriously, are we this hard up for news items?

Never really mine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698408)

I cannot stand how programs dump their config files and other crap in "My Documents." As soon as you fire up WMP, you get "My Music" or "My Movies." Start Acrobat Reader, and you get "My Books." FUCK OFF. It's "My Documents," not yours!

Features... (1)

Delta2.0 (846278) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698409)

Microsoft is dropping all the great features we have come to love, like the wn in Shutdown. Now the My prefix, what should I do with my life?

great (0)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698411)

Now people are going to go "computer won't work!" and you go "click computer" and it'll go round and round... fantastic for tech support all over.

good (1)

Tedium Unleased (764661) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698413)


Makes sense... (1)

teneighty (671401) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698415)

They're just finally admitting that between their EULA, the Dept of Homeland Security, and spyware, nobody actually owns or controls the MS Windows in their home or office.

Microsoft Innovation (1)

root_james (580128) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698417)

I wonder if M$ knows they're copying Gnome interface features

But they were never mine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12698418)

were they ? Everytime I tried it to be my way, windows will hide and change it in some strange way.

Computer? (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698419)

So will the "Computer" icon open automatically whenever you say "Computer" to the mouse.

[RANT] About damn time (2)

JPelorat (5320) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698424)

I've been having to keep from hitting things every time I see and hear that 'My' crap.

It's just unnatural and fucking stupid. "Go to your My Documents folder", "Open your My Computer", and if you drop the 'your', they think you're talking about your own computer.. "Open My Computer".. "I can't get to it, where are you?"


Prefix Pre-Fix (1)

topgeek (864279) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698426)

I don't think it was every "My" computer in the first place. When I was married it was "Our" computer; when we divorced it became "Her" computer.

Of course they will. (1)

_iris (92554) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698427)

Just part of the Palladium (or whatever it's called these days) specs, right?

MyCrosoft? (1)

diwadm (765932) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698430)

MyCrosoft - My = Crosoft?

Shameless IMDB Cut and Paste (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698432)

Scotty: Computer. Computer?
[Bones hands him a mouse and he speaks into it]
Scotty: Hello, computer.
Dr. Nichols: Just use the keyboard.
Scotty: Keyboard. How quaint.

finally (5, Funny)

big water (866921) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698435)

FINALLY, after all these years, real change!

Microsoft Bob? (1)

toygeek (473120) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698438)

Hey they should rescurrect MS Bob and call it "Bob's Computer" and "Bob's Documents" and "Bob's Network". And for a sidekick, MS Bob could have the little search puppy that we all know and love.

Thankfully there's Linux.

only seems fitting (1)

SupahVee (146778) | more than 9 years ago | (#12698440)

since it's only a matter of time until Microsoft owns your computer with Longhorn anyways. It won't be 'My Computer", and putting "Bill and Steve's Bitch" seemed a bit too offensive.
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