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jmke 4th October 2012 17:14

'Paul's take on Windows 8'
I fell in love with both PalmOS and PocketPC, and also made sure I got my hands on a Zaurus. I was giddy with excitement when the iPhone came out, and rushed to the Apple retailer the moment it became available - the same for the iPad. Even though I was happy with my iPhone, I made the plunge and imported a Windows Phone 7 phone (an HD7) from the US, even though large parts of its functionality were unavailable in The Netherlands. And, twelve months later, I made yet another plunge and bought a Galaxy SII, followed later by a Nexus 7.

The pattern is similar on the PC side of things. The first thing I did when I got my first own new (as opposed to slow hand-me-downs) computer? Linux (KDE, GNOME, Xfce, E16 and E17, and all the others). BeOS. QNX. SkyOS. Aros. AtheOS. Syllable. After reading about CDE, I bought a Sun Ultra V to experience it properly. And, after years of failed attempts, I finally managed to get my hands on AmigaOS 4 and MorphOS. And to this day, I'm pining for NEXT and SGI machines (sadly, too little room in my house at the moment).

The point I'm trying to make is simple. A number of people take the easy way out and just call people who criticise Windows 8 "resistant to change", "set in his ways", "whiner", and so on. None of that stuff can apply to me. I criticise Windows 8 not because I'm resistant to change - in fact, I used Windows 8 for months and months as my prime and only operating system - but because it's simply not very good.

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