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4 posts • joined 6 Jun 2011

Acer set to unleash 15in fibreglass MONSTER

thunder
Meh

Reliable?

But will it last? Every Acer we've ever had at work, plus a couple we've had at home failed pretty quickly, or just before the warranty expired, or just after.

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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

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I've been using it today

It's not that bad as most people make out. Ok, there's some new stuff so you have to change your set in ways, but these changes are actually more efficient from a getting things done point of view. It's probably going to suit a newbie user quite nicely as it hides a lot of complexity from the user and common tasks are easier to find.

No doubt there will be more attractive themes to come along at release as I do find the block colours a bit heavy. Otherwise it all runs very snappy

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Windows 8: Microsoft’s high-stakes .NET tablet gamble

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Evernote had the same problems, and replaced WPF with a C++ UI. Quote from their site:

"Evernote 4 is a major departure from Evernote 3.5 in every way. While 3.5 added tons of great new features, there were some problems we simply couldn’t fix: the blurry fonts, slow startup times, large memory footprint, and poor support for certain graphics cards were all issues that the technology behind 3.5 (Windows .net and WPF) was incapable of resolving. As a result, we ended up chasing down platform bugs rather than adding the great features our users wanted.

So we decided to start over from scratch, with fast, native C++ that we knew we could rely on. As you’ll see, the results are amazing. This new version will set a foundation for rapid improvement."

Ours is a desktop app, so people switching to Macs

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thunder

Same old story

This is MS changing the rules again as in the past. We've got a fairly popular consumer app for which we did the user interface in WPF. What a pain in the arse that turned out to be. Slowness, .NET problems, high memory usage, video card problems - but it looks great :)

It seems MS is not really going to do much about improving WPF in the future so we've been forced to look at alternatives and a browser UI seems to be the way to go, plus it's cross platform. I'm not waiting around to see what MS does, it looks like cross platform c++ and a browser UI will be some way to future proof things. We get emails daily from Windows users switching to Macs.

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