Archive for December, 2012

win8

Windows 8 has got to be the worst version of Windows that I have ever used! To be fair though, I have disliked every windows version released after XP, however after playing around with the system for a few days, I always “Adjusted”. I never “Loved” them, but I grew used to them and learned to tolerate them, in the same way as one tolerates wiping ones ass. You wipe your ass all the time, chances are you don’t “Enjoy it”, unless you have a particularly weird fetish. You just “Do it”, without even thinking about it. Which is how I was with previous Windows. To me, they were like wiping my ass.

Windows 8 is different though. I just can not adapt to it! I have been toying with it for a few days now, and it makes me want to punt my laptop across the house like a Hobbit running wild on a football field during Superbowl sunday! It’s just not possible to “accept” this monstrosity, and believe me I have tried! I will likely continue to try, but I can promise you with an almost obscene certainty, that I will not grow used to this O/S.

See, the previous versions of Windows all had roughly the same feel, they were just polished differently and had different features and yes, a few bugs that could knock out Mike Tyson, and come out on top, with both its ears intact. However, at the end of the day it still “Looked like” windows. Windows 8 however does not! Sure, it has a few familiar things. Task bar, Task Manager. Control Panel and other basics, but the look as a whole is gone! Familiarity has been replaced with a confusing and awkward menu, Ease of use has been replaced with everything being so difficult that even talking on Skype has become a chore. However, on the bright side, Microsoft has decided to keep in the bugs! Everything from self-closing programs, to audio issues ranging from lowered volume to complete muting. These are just the ones I have stumbled on over the past 2 days of usage.

Gamers will most likely notice similarities between Windows 8 and the Xbox 360 Dashboard(both compliments of Microsoft).

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I am assuming that somebody must have really liked how this worked, and because of that Microsoft felt that this was clearly the direction they wanted to go! Personally, I hated the look and feel, in fact this very change was one of the many defining reasons why I went from loving Xbox to being a PS3 gamer, and to be honest this new version of windows is helping to drive me away from Microsoft all together. I have always wanted to try a Mac, maybe that will be next computer.

Over all Win 8 sucks beyond belief, and makes me not just hate the O/S, but makes me hate my entire computer. If Microsoft was trying to figure out a way to make people use the computer less, and spend more time in the sun, then well played Microsoft – Well played!

 

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Marvel comics has an online service called¬†Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. The idea is great, and in fact I used to subscribe to it. Basically, for one low price(Either monthly or yearly, choice is up to you) you get access to a boat-load of digital comics. Including in some cases, entire series of comics from start to finish. We aren’t talking a small selection here people, we are talking a giant comic book library!

 

As I said, the idea is great, and if it fits your needs, then it really is a great deal! I only have two complaints. The first being, that this service has been around for quite a while, yet they don’t offer any type of free trial. Sure, on occasion they will have a limited time promo code for a free month stuck somewhere, or a free month included in some marvel product(game/movie/book/), but there’s no “REAL” free trial, for people who want to subscribe.

While there aren’t any real free trials, there are many free readable comics, and all comics do have the option to “Sample”, so you aren’t really going into it blind. It won’t drive away customers who don’t buy what they can’t test, because there are those free issues, and sample. Still, it’s nice to offer subscribers a little incentive.

Another issue is, that the service can only be used on your computer/laptop. This to me is an inconvenience, since I really don’t like the idea of having to sit at my computer desk chair, slouched over a monitor just to read a comic. I simply won’t do it! Why can’t they have an Android app to read this? It makes sense! I would happily re-subscribe, if I could lean back in my recliner, or relax in bed with my tablet in hand, and read through some issues while relaxing! Almost like I had the comic book there with me!

Sure, Marvel does have an Android app, but it’s only for their digital comic purchases, it won’t work on their unlimited service, despite the fact that the 2 services work almost exactly the same! Which is great if you purchase comics digitally, I prefer buying the actual issue myself, since those have some chance of possibly gaining some kind of value if they are taken care of and treated well, where as a digital copy just won’t!

The service sadly won’t even run on a PS3 browser, so you can at least read from your couch. You are literally tied to your computer to enjoy the service, and normally that’s fine for most internet services. Most services are best used at your computer, however reading a comic book? I just don’t believe that’s the best way to read.

So, unfortunately I am going to pass on re-subscribing to this, however if for some reason it does fit your needs, and nothing I mentioned here bothers you, then you really should get this service then! Great price, huge comic library, and new comics added all the damn time!