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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

norite Forget the fugly tiles for a second... (346 comments)

I still want to know why a clean install of winders 8 eats 17Gb of hard drive space...

I mean, what the hell is in it that takes up that amount of space? It's obscene. And yet I can fit a fully working linux distro on a CD.

about two weeks ago

The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

norite Re:Capabilities (364 comments)

More stealthy? Nah, using WWII era radar, these so-called stealth planes light up like a Christmas tree. Plus they cannot fly in rain, because the radar absorbing paint, er, washes off...

about two weeks ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

norite Re:But, will they learn from their mistake? (681 comments)

Ah, but the difference is, they introduce new features, and remove the existing options. Under KDE, they introduced the same gimped start menu that win7 ships with. I hate it. BUT....KDE give users a choice to use the standard kde 'start' menu, if they wanted to. Why is a massive company like microsoft seemingly incabable of realising that users need and want choice and customisation in how they want to do things? seriously, how hard is it to leave the start menu alone, but give users the choice to enable/disable it? Why can't I resize the start screen tiles to exactly whaetver size I want? or colour them anyway I like, or theme them, or give them some depth, or change the shitty boring icons to something more skeuomorphic, and pleasing to the eye, so that I actually know what they mean?

For win7, I have to install a 3rd party tool like classic shell in order use the normal start menu.

For a long time, there was this thing in software design, where users could customise to their hearts content and make things look the way they wanted to; now it's all about removing choice and options, and 'It's this way or nothing' mentaility. It's really poor thinking. Office 2013...there are 3, yes 3 colour schemes...blinding white, light grey, slightly darker grey. It looks fucking awful!!! It looks like a rough and ready beta version, where they couldn't be arsed to make it look decent.

Big reason why we switched to linux and never looked back. I'm grateful to the developers for giving us the choice in how we want to make things look.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

norite Re:Touchscreen or don't (516 comments)

I have to remote into one everyday. We asked for 2008, but got 2012 R2...agreed; stupid isn't the word for it, especially when you're using 4 non-touchscreen monitors.

So I just installed classic shell on it, turned off all the metro crap and everyone's happy. :-)

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

norite Re:Microsoft just does not get it... (516 comments)

"Oh, and win 8 is really ugly with no aero - feels like windowing from 10 years ago. Doesn't hurt productivity, but it is UGLY."


about 2 months ago

Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

norite Re: Broadcast is dead (286 comments)

Yep, and thank you very much! :D

(Although we had to pay that too, once upon a time)

about 2 months ago

Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

norite Broadcast is dead (286 comments)

$7.99 per month for netflix, $6 per month for a proxy server so we can watch BBC iplayer and stream live BBC TV...we never even bothered with cable; we haven't even got a digital aerial.

You don't miss what you don't have in the first place :-)

Especially the ads :-D

about 2 months ago

Firefox 29: Redesign

norite *Sigh* (688 comments)

Time to look for another cross platform browser that doesn't look like shit.

Le Sigh....

about 3 months ago

Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

norite Re:It's a start (294 comments)

On windows server 2012, that's excatly what I did, install classic sheel, disable metro everywhere, and got back to being productive again.
I don't have time for charms, live tiles and other frivolous metro bullshit. I have real work to do.

about 3 months ago

Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

norite Re:Why are you using the touch interface with a mo (294 comments)

LOL, that's sheer insanity....on KDE I just click the shutdown button that I have on my taskbar (Right next to the KDE application launcher menu)

You can save yourself the torture by installing a start menu replacement and disabling all aspects of metro :)

about 3 months ago

Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

norite Re:Die, die, die, flat UI elements (387 comments)

I hate all this flat, bland look as well, most especially with websites. Makes you stop and wonder what's actually clickable or not, also the icons don't resemble familiar things. Makes no sense, why do they make it a challenge for people to figure things out. I also hate how they don't put borders around things, so images etc. just bleed into the page. It's messy and ugly, and things aren't broken into sections; it's simply not pleasing to the eye. Couple that with extra large super size light grey fonts on a blinding white background....It looks absolutely, completely ghastly. Whitespace wasteland.
It's why I love KDE interface so much...the icons are lovely, and it has some DEPTH, plus it's beautiful to look at.
This whole minimalist, flat bullshit reminds me of mullets....they looked god awful back then, even more laughable now. In 5 years, folks will be looking back and going OMG, did we really design stuff like that?

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

norite Too little, too late. (184 comments)

Sorry guys, but you're way too late to the party, everyone has already been and gone and eaten your lunch a long time ago. They didn't think you'd ever show up. Your cola is still here if you want it, but it's warm and flat.

$80 for a 365 subscription? pffffft, please.

about 4 months ago

Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

norite Re:What a surprise. (248 comments)

And add to that a clean install of winders 8 takes up 17Gb of hard drive space. Crazy.

about 5 months ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

norite Re:Meh (769 comments)

I paid a visit to a coffee cooperative in nicaragua (other half was doing phd research on the coffee industry); we had a tour round inside the sorting facility and they were showing us all the beans, graded according to type: organic, non-organic, best quality, lower quality, etc.

Then there was a little wall made up of sacks of beans, sitting outside in the hot Nicaraguan sun, they hadn't been washed through thoroughly, so a little of the fruit was still on the beans and it absolutely stank because the pulp was slowly rotting. When I asked the guide what those were doingthere, sitting outside, he replied "Oh, those are the really, really low quality beans that we can't sell. It gets used to make instant coffee."

So you may want to have a rethink about drinking instant coffee ;)

about 5 months ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

norite Garbage (769 comments)

Get a proper home espresso machine and make proper coffee instead, from whatever suppliers you are free to use....this is a truimph of marketing over genuine quality. However these machines will get hacked allowing folks to drink their ersatz hot beverages as before.

I guess the CEO hasn't learned the painful lessons the music industry learned about using Digitally Restricted Media. Ho hum.

about 5 months ago

Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

norite Re:Desperate times require desperate measures. (392 comments)

I doubt it caught them out by surprise. We tested the preview version and we told them it was shit. They just chose to ignore us.
The issues that the rest of the userbase are now complaining about were the exact same issues we told them about, and told them it would bomb on.

about 5 months ago

Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

norite No thanks (392 comments)

They could not pay me to use it, much less give it away for free.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Spring Update, To Focus On Non-touch Devices

norite Re:99% (172 comments)

Unfortunately for MS, it's too late and the damage has been done. Folks have looked for alternatives like Android, Windows 7, Chromebooks, Apple and Linux. On the desktop, win8 is a catastrophic abortion of epic proportions. Metro should have been left on tablets/phones.

Sacrificing 99% of your user base for the sake of 1% is insanity. They must man up and admit their mistakes, but as 8.1 shows. they haven't. They haven't a got a single clue.

about 5 months ago

Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

norite Re:Really?!?! (389 comments)

Er, Actually, *I* happen go give a shit what the UI on a server looks like, I remote into a 2012 R2 server to do my daily work. the UI is fucking horrid, it's all flat and bland; I've managed to banish metro with classic shell, but everything has a fucking light blue, garishly flat border around it. I can't change it to something more palatable to the eye because it's not possible to change these settings via a remote session. fuck me.

The taskbar is flat, the open apps have no depth to them, when I have 5 instances of ArcMap open, I can't tell which one is active one I'm looking at which is a fucking pain in the ass when I need compare things. Also moving the title to the middle has fucked things up becasuse the remote connection bar hovers over the middle so I can't see what's underneath it. When I want to drag and drop files into a folder, a massive flat square box appears over the folder, so I can't see the folder anymore and I can't see what I'm doing. Christ on a fucking bicycle.
Explorer now has a flat, jump down ribbon menu, which is extremely distracting. Just keep it static!!

Metro is a fucking abortion of epic proportions and it must die.

about 5 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

norite Too flat, text too squashed (2219 comments)

I do not like the redesign, it's too flat, and the text is too squashed leaving you with whitespace wasteland.

If you go ahead I'm afraid I won't be visiting anymore. I give flat, whitespace wasteland websites a wide berth.

about 6 months ago



HP are STILL regionalising their printers

norite norite writes  |  1 year,4 days

norite (552330) writes "I recently moved from the UK to Canada, and took my HP3050 printer with me. The removals firm told me to discard any printer cartridges as they could leak, and would not ship our things.

After our move, I started looking for cartridges, but bizarrely, I couldn't find the correct numbered ones, although I did find equivalent ones that would fit our model of printer. Some further research revealed that these would not work in our UK purchased printer, because like DVD players, the printer was region coded. I would have to contact HP and hope I found a representative who would understand the situation, (undoubtedly spending ages on the phone) as not many of them do and get it reset to the new region. Unfortunately, I had already discarded the cartridges so I could not print off any initial printer config pages for them to use to give me a new region code.

Fortunately, I've avoided the headache that this person went through 3 years ago I've ended up ordering much cheaper cartridges from the UK and several refill kits. I had no idea HP did this sort of sneaky, underhand tactic, and all it has achieved is that I'll probably never buy another HP product again. It seems there's no obvious benefit to consumers in HP doing this, other than it prevents them buying cheaper inks and therefore maximising profits, so what do the Slashdot community think of printer regionalisation?"

Steve Sinofsky to leave Microsoft with immediate effect

norite norite writes  |  about a year and a half ago

norite (552330) writes "In a surprise decision, Steven Sinofsky, the head of Microsoft's Windows division, has left the company with immediate effect. The move comes within weeks of Microsoft's windows 8 being released. One can only speculate as to the real reasons behind his departure."
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My veggie oil powered car

norite norite writes  |  more than 6 years ago Last year, I adapted my diesel car to run on vegetable oil. I have just crossed the 12,000 mile mark running on vegetable oil, and the car is going just great. The fuel is renewable, virtually carbon neutral, locally produced and conflict free. I also use waste oil, so I'm using a waste product that nobody wants. Importantly, I've saved a pile of money in the process. A local TV station even came round to interview me. There is no longer any need for me to visit a Big Oil filling station ever again.

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