Question about the upgrade. So I leave all these projects and links and pictures on my desktop and upgrade will they still be there when I boot in to Win8 or will the upgrade process put them in a folder or shoved them into “Documents” Just curious about what happens to personal stuff or nothing happens and it’s just there. I imagine the background pictures will have to be reset to something I like….
I didn’t notice any change with my “Desktop”. Except for the loss of the “START Orb” and “Gadgets”.
Desktop shouldn’t be a problem, IF you have the upgrade and not a complete new OEM installation. The biggest issues is for administratively minded people trying to find where the hell things like the “Control Panel” and “Computer Properties” went to and how to make quick links to them.
For those things there already are shortcuts - right click on the left bottom corner and you have a list with those among them
Ah ha! Right-click on the left bottom corner of the START page and you get a menu with the typical Administrator’s tools.
But right-click on the left bottom corner of the DESKTOP page and you get a menu which gives access to the computer “Properties”.
All these new places that are context-sensitive for the left-click function and right-click options. Arghhhh…. :-( I’m afraid to ponder what happens with middle-click in various places!
Who was it who thought that assigning hidden functions to keys and mouse buttons was a good idea? Gather ‘round kiddies and grampa will tell you of the days when teletypes only used 5-bit character codes, you had only 61 characters (upper case letters only & punctuation) and you had to press (or release) the shift key to switch between them. Now the modern PC keyboard has several levels (caps, Ctrl, Alt, and multi-combinations). Also, complex programs have a long list of keyboard shortcuts that nobody remembers unless they devotedly use that application every day. To make matters worse, the keyboard shortcuts are sometimes configurable. There used to be some standardization of keyboard shortcuts between applications but now the needs of the applications has dictated that they all branch out and define their own key assignments that may or may not have any mnemonic link to the letter on the key.
Now we find ourselves in the bizarre situation of assigning multiple functions to empty spaces of display real-estate! (upper/lower/left/right corners, & unused display space) none of which have any visual indication that you have functionality there.
I’m sorry, but I miss the days when I typed a two letter command into a clunky old teletype and the computer thought for 10 seconds and then spat back alphanumeric answers. No pictures, no sounds, just useful information needed at that moment. Sent rockets to the moon we did.
And the “WEB” consisted of two wires soldered into the motherboards of the two computers at opposite sides of my lab. Security was handled by a key in the door and a close eye on the teletype console.
And we had an actual “bit-bucket” under the teletype papertape puncher.
And everybody who used computers back in those days was educated.
And we all sat around in our bearskins at the mouth of the cave roasting mastodon over the fire after work.