Apparently I’m not the only one…

January 17th, 2013 by Chris

I’m a regular reader of John Scalzi’s blog. He recently bought a snazzy new computer that, of course, came with Windows 8. He’s been posting his reactions, and today he added the following opinion about the Windows 8 workflow, and the Start Page in particular:

You have to stop what you’re doing, fire up a separate screen that obscures everything you’re working on, and locate a program in a tile (you can also type in the program name and then click on the result, but you still have to first leave your work environment). It’s a hassle, but more than a hassle it’s an arbitrary imposition of the UI on actual workflow. Or to put it more bluntly: Windows 8 is wasting my time, and for no good reason.

It’s not the sparkly computer’s fault, it was Win8. So now I’ve fixed that part of Win8 that was annoying me.

He’s using Stardock’s “Start 8” program to serve this purpose. I will probably be checking this out (or some similar alternate) myself.

3 Responses to “Apparently I’m not the only one…”

  1. John Says:

    Thought of you when I read this today. Guess I don’t need to tell you about it, then. 🙂

  2. Luke Says:

    Or you could get a real operating system 😉

  3. Chris Says:

    Yes, I suppose I could install something much simpler that has none of these problems.
    Of course, if I did then I’d also have to…

    1. Stop playing the games I like (which is the primary reason for this computer)
    2. Learn new programs for all the other things I do at home
    3. Force extra context switching at work where only Windows is supported
    4. Get (extra) frustrated every time I sit down at 68-90% of the computers in the world

    That sort-of peace of mind isn’t worth my time. 😉