Lukas Mathis on Microsoft Windows 10 preview

Windows 10: Re-Crappifying Windows 8 →

I’m saying that Windows 10 is not Windows 8, plus a bunch of fixes. It’s Windows 8, plus a bunch of clutter from Windows 7.

I’m saying that improving the desktop experience can’t — and doesn’t have to — come at the expense of the touchscreen experience. But right now, it does.7

I’m saying that Microsoft could — and should — have fixed Windows 8 without just going back to Windows 7.

The opposites

And that’s the thing about the standard PC user experience. Between the adware and crapware that’s preinstalled it’s hard to figure out what’s actually malware. Microsoft has tried to help by selling computers through its own stores that are bloatware-free and by allowing OEM customers to make clean Windows installs for a nominal fee.

You don’t have to do this. You can instead choose to live in the equivalent of a 19th century workhouse, continuing to slave away for free for a PC OEM or an adware company. But at some level the cost of cleaning up the computer or the opportunity cost of not cleaning it up should be factored into the price. Yes, I technically got the computer for $719, but this extra junk reminds me that I didn’t get something approaching Apple’s level of user experience (and something only vaguely close to Apple’s build quality).

A Mac user’s weird experience buying a PC laptop →

goodbye flip4mac

flip4mac-player-pay-only

The other day I quickly closed the window asking me to update my Flip4Mac Player installation. Early this morning I went to their website and discovered that the software now is pay-only, while in the past the basic player was free (as in beer) and there was a path of pay-a-fee upgrades available.

I’ll store my free DMG installation file, but I think I’ll remove it from my list of “to have” apps… The lack of the link is intentional :-(

Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface

→ Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface

An extended review of Microsoft’s Surface by Lukas Mathis, honestly compared to iPad for the real world ‘productivity‘…