Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Gosh darn if Microsoft didn't make me do it again!


Don't feel like much of an Insider really....wish you'd use the Windows 10 intro screen background, giving a changelog written in appropriate technological difficulty (somewhere between the style of MSDN and microsoftstore.com (leaning heavily towards MSDN)...

I've not bothered doing real investigative work for any of the upgrades, and the only things I've really noticed is the disappearance of settings in a lot of software, resetting either completely or fully to a first install. Do that to MS-software (of course), but why reset third party software? If it's compatibility or even security you're worried about, I can't see what settings could ever make a privileged, installed program gain any "superpowers" or accidently slip into a hole in the ground or whatnot. If an application from a third party crashes, that is not yours or my responsibility.

I feel bad for not at least giving a score of 2, for the effort and to reward giving me the opportunity to partake, but I feel I've gained nothing in return for (potentially) destabilizing my main computer (that's on me of course).

The appearance and still existent presence of Apps is already beyond what I can handle (you should have let the tablets and phones lead the way, then integrating when appropriate, not presenting a mentally retarded version of bundled software (calculator, voice recorder...*ehm* sorry to remind you of the Skype debacle, but I should ground this rant in at least one bit of verifiable information....not that I expect any influence at all, giving solicited opinion on something that doesn't really affect my life is wonderfully liberating and a good way to practise my English writing proficiency, not to mention giving me something to post on my blog! :-)

You know what? I just talked myself into realizing this makes my satisfaction a 2 of 5, wonderful!

Keep up the adequate work! ;-)

Monday, 8 February 2016

Pesky Apps Spit In The Face Of The PC

Why Are There Apps On My PC

(or, how my mobile phone impregnated a gullible world)


I remember with fondness the sound recording application that came with Windows 3.1;
maybe even sooner, 3.1 was my starting point regarding GUI.

However....over 20 years down the line, in this world of Windows 10, when I typed "recorder" in the Start Menu, the abhoration that appeared made me shiver, and suddenly a pop-up came from the right of my screen, Microsoft wondering how much I loved the newest build....so I began writing, venting and in the end...ranting. Here is an unedited copy of my message to Microsoft, maybe one day I'll edit and make it more general and to the point, but please...don't hold your breath.

How can you share from an app that has so little functionality that, if you settle for it, you can't possibly have any interesting or worthwhile to say....Complete idiots will record stuff, never know what a sound file is, or a microphone, or how to manage the sound files.....What I mean can more easily be summed up like this: I'm at a computer, not a phone. I'm a user of a computer, not a parking meter. I make my living developing software on the .NET platform.....introducing the "how-stupid-can-we-make-our-customers"-competition between Microsoft, Apple, and all TV makers should not be won by the same company that makes the genius Visual Studio.....well...the simpler you make applications, or apps, as you now call them, the less computing power I need, and I now take the bother of customizing my OS, in other words, I've gone back to a lacking GUI/desktop...Linux.........GET IT TOGETHER....you can share .NET libraries across devices without making your applications featureless......Do you want out of software, is that it? Then have the balls to do so completely, and let someone who cares and dares have control over the source code and further development. Keep a stripped down (all Apps, baby) version of Windows delivered with computers for free, but do not call it Windows (insert anything here). It is only Windows.....my real glass windows have more functionality than Windows running those totally uncalled for Apps.....

If you don't, you'll lose the desktop eventually....to Steam, or Google, or me.......The day you start introducing Apps made for Windows Server products, I'll short Microsoft stock for all the money I can possibly get my hands on....I'll sell my records, my body&soul, my all.....and get very, very rich in a short time.....then I'll take that money and buy an aeroplane which will fly over Oslo and write the words : Appocalypse..........

At the very least, let us have a version that is stripped of that filth, it would be no hassle....then I could use that version, never end up in an app with less functionality than a broken pen with burnt up paper, and look the other way......