Post by hydrophilic on Sept 26, 2014 6:31:02 GMT
Have you missed me? I haven't posted recently (I am almost a spammer) because I recently got a PC with Window 8(.1)
I have heard numerous complaints about Win 8, and now I get to "experience it" (or "suffer") in reality
So the UI seems to be designed to be "compatible" with simpler devices, like tablets and smart phones. While this gives a consistent user experience, it really sucks from a usability standpoint! Tablets and cellphones have a dumbed-down UI for a reason: they have limited computational power. Why would you (err, Microsoft) inflict this handicap on PC/Desktop users?? A few (very few) things are simpler, but many things (my opinion) are very cumbersome or even impossible!! Well "impossible" is a strong word, but after fú¢k!ng around with Win 8 for a pathetic amount of time, no solution was found (virtually impossible).
Ummm... the UI is pissing me off now... the simple CAPS LOCK key is not even working correctly. (Its a brand-new keyboard... the problem is Windows, not the device!!!) So I'm gonna sign-off now and re-start with different settings to see if I can the keyboard to work properly... when you have problems with something as simple as the keyboard, then you KNOW your UI is a complete piece of crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Restarted PC and now keyboard works correctly without On-Screen Narrator.
So, On-Screen Narrator is a simple text-to-speech engine which has been available since at least Win2000. The cool thing about Win8 (not sure about Vista or 7) is there are three voice profiles you can choose:
- "David" speaks almost identical to (male) SAM (classic C64 software)
- "Hazel" speaks with a beautiful (female) British accent
- "Zirra" speaks with a (female) accent similar to iPhone
Even thought this is ~3GHz PC with 4x-64bit, the UI was fú¢k!ed up when On-Screen Narrator was active (the keyboard, see above). Of course such a crappy UI experience might be expected with an 8-bit C64 running SAM, the fact that 64 bit system (virtual 256-bit via 4-core) shows that M$ still lacks common sense!
By the way, I do love the British accent of "Hazel" but if I can't even use my keyboard reliably, then down the drain with you!
Is it just me... or has HELP gone to complete crap? While trying to find simple info about built-in commands, I would very often get a message like "you are not connected to the internet". Yeah, well that is the crap I would expect from a free/downloaded app, but is completely unacceptable for a "Premium" operating system! Of course there might be extra help file on-line for add-on apps, but for the built in s4!+ ? You can't even help with simple stuff? Talk about suck ass!
Once upon a time (not so long ago), it was easy to search a folder for a file... just right-click the folder and select "Search..." Pretty fú¢k!ng simple if you ask me! With Win8, this seems impossible. Correct me if I am missing something obvious, but so far it seems like I need to hit [Win]+S to engage the search feature, and then I only have three options:
- Everywhere (really? ... I'd use Google if I want to search planet Earth!)
- Settings (yeah, like the file I want is in system settings...)
- Files (search all local drives... hundreds of GBs!)
OMFG! Is there a way to limit the "files' to a specific folder? I know the stuff I need is in folder X, but damned if M$ will let me look only there!
I mean really, in any folder, you have options like "Burn to CD" or "Copy to Folder" but there is no search... there is NO SEARCH? there is NO SEARCH?? Surely, out of 6+ billion people on Earth, I am not the only one who wants to search a specific folder for file(s) with some specified name? Have I totally gone insane?! Is this OS complete crap or am I missing something obvious?
Don't even get me started on IE XXX.... looks "pretty" from an "iPhone" perspective, but the usability compares with Comet. Awesome for an 8-bit / vintage PC, but complete crap from a modern perspective.
I'll shut up now... do answer any questions because they are NOT rhetorical... I really would like to know how to use this piece of crap OS in a productive manner