• Desktop Enviornment

    From ROB MCCART@VERT to NIGHTFOX on Sun Oct 20 18:08:00 2013
    I'm not getting this whole windows 8 thing. If it was built for a touchscreen why would you want it on a desktop?

    I agree. I think Microsoft has focused too much on the tablet side.
    >Not only is Windows 8 designed for touch screens, I think it looks
    >ugly too..

    I don't think it's so much the Tablet market as it is that Microsoft
    is betting (and probably a winning bet) that more and more full sized
    computers and Laptops will go to touch screen monitors. Looking at
    recent sales sheets from Dell and such this definitely seems to be the
    trend. I see huge touch screens in the near future with keyboards and
    other input devices used only for special events, not day to day use.
    Obviously big typing jobs will still be easier on a keyboard but,
    otherwise, I think most keyboards will spend much of their time put
    away under the computer (Desktop systems obviously).

    As for the looks of Windows 8, et al, I suppose everyone will have
    their own opinion on that. I agree it's nothing to look at compared
    to the last generation of other Windows versions or other operating
    systems but this too may change.

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  • From Nightfox@VERT to ROB MCCART on Mon Oct 21 20:28:26 2013
    Re: Desktop Enviornment
    By: ROB MCCART to NIGHTFOX on Sun Oct 20 2013 18:08:00

    I don't think it's so much the Tablet market as it is that Microsoft
    is betting (and probably a winning bet) that more and more full sized computers and Laptops will go to touch screen monitors. Looking at
    recent sales sheets from Dell and such this definitely seems to be the trend. I see huge touch screens in the near future with keyboards and other input devices used only for special events, not day to day use.

    I'm not so sure about that. Touch screens existed in the early-mid 80s, but they never really caught on. Personally, I don't like the idea of having fingerprints and smudges on my PC monitor and having to clean my monitor all the time. I think there's a reason we've been using mice and keyboards for so many years - They work well. Screens are for viewing content, so I think they work best when they are clean and not being smudged all the time.

    Another issue is that I think desktop PC screens are usually just outside the comfortable distance to be used as a touch screen. Rather than comfortably holding the device in your hands right in front of you, a desktop screen (for me, at least) is often an arm's length away from me. I don't think it would really be comfortable to use a touch screen with your arms constantly outstretched.

    I do think touch screens are handy to have on phones and tablets. I just don't think a touch screen makes sense on a desktop PC.

    Nightfox

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  • From ROB MCCART@VERT to NIGHTFOX on Wed Oct 23 18:40:00 2013
    I don't think it's so much the Tablet market as it is that Microsoft
    is betting (and probably a winning bet) that more and more full sized computers and Laptops will go to touch screen monitors.

    I'm not so sure about that. Touch screens existed in the early-mid 80s, but
    >they never really caught on. Personally, I don't like the idea of having
    >fingerprints and smudges on my PC monitor and having to clean my monitor all
    >the time. I think there's a reason we've been using mice and keyboards for s
    >many years - They work well. Screens are for viewing content, so I think the
    >work best when they are clean and not being smudged all the time.

    I can see that, and in fact for myself would not go out of my way or
    pay extra to get one, but I know my nephew was laughing at himself the
    other day because he's so used to using his tablet that when he got on
    his Notebook computer he kept trying to touch-screen it to do things so
    it might be dependant more on personal experience.

    I've always been one to tell people that Keyboards and Mice are your
    link to your computer and to buy good quality name brand items when getting those. My current keyboard was worth almost $100 new and I have others
    that originally sold for $169 and more, and for the most part I've had
    the best luck with Logitech mice (mouses?) lasting the longest. So, I'm
    not really a touch-screen freak... (in spite of the 3 Tablets I own). B)

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  • From Nightfox@VERT to ROB MCCART on Mon Oct 28 19:58:22 2013
    Re: Desktop Enviornment
    By: ROB MCCART to NIGHTFOX on Wed Oct 23 2013 18:40:00

    I've always been one to tell people that Keyboards and Mice are your
    link to your computer and to buy good quality name brand items when getting those. My current keyboard was worth almost $100 new and I have others that originally sold for $169 and more, and for the most part
    I've had the best luck with Logitech mice (mouses?) lasting the longest.

    I'm partial to Logitech devices myself. My current mouse and keyboard are both made by Logitech, and I also have a set of PC speakers made by Logitech. I really like the look and touch of their keyboards (they're quiet and functional), and the mouse I have is the Logitech G9x, which is a gaming mouse - I really like it for a mouse, as it fits in my hand comfortably (many mice feel slightly too big to me) and just feels very solid and well-built, as do all of Logitech's products.

    Nightfox

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