Posts Tagged ‘Farhad Manjoo’

“No Voy a Comprar Windows Ocho” – Repeat: “I Will Not Buy Windows 8″ – Take the Pledge, Here’s Why

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Dude, I remember Windows 3.0. And, after that one, I remember Windows 95, 98, 98SE, Me, XP, Vista, and, of course, Seven.

And I’ll tell you, I wasn’t reverse to using any of them.

I even got a Vista box from Dell, even though many people were (and still are) sticking with XP. I didn’t care.

But Windows 8* is a big no-go.

So, say it now, aloud: “I Will Not Buy Windows 8.

Again: “No Voy a Comprar Windows Ocho.”

Buying Windows 8 is muy prohibidado. (I wrote that it in Spanish because that’s how exotic and not allowed it is.)

Now here’s everything you need to know about W8:

Fear and Loathing and Windows 8 (Or: Why Windows 8 Scares Me — and Should Scare You Too)

Well, maybe that’s a bit too much, but how about these primary conclusions:

1. Windows 8 is not Windows, it’s a new operating system with Windows 7 compatibility tacked onto it.

2. Although Windows 8 looks pretty and is great for tablet-style content consumption, I question its benefits for traditional PC productivity tasks.

3. Big OS transitions like this one traditionally cause users to reconsider their OS decision and potentially switch to something else. 

4. Microsoft has worsened the risk that people will migrate away from Windows 8, by disabling some key features of Windows 7, and mishandling the consumer “preview” program.

OK then.

Oh, remember that Farhad Manjoo, that writer who hated the Sunset District so much he just had to move away?

Well, he hates Windows 8 even more than he hates the foggy, foggy Sunset.

OK then.

So here’s what you do, you get a 16 GB, 2TB ZT Systems from the Costco.com (or from Walmart online or something) for like $600. That’ll come with Windows 7 and that’ll last you a good long time. And then you’ll be ready for Windows 8 Plus or Windows 9 or whatever shakes out.

OK then.

*Now maybe they’ll offer W8 (rhymes with wait – get it?) on a phone or a tablet or something what uses a touchscreen and maybe that’ll be OK (depending on the price, of course). But if you want to get something done with a PC, then why not just stick with W7?

San Francisco’s Sunset District Gets Called “Land of Misery” in National Media: “Fog – Thick, Endless, Depressive Clouds”

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Cover your eyes, avert your gaze, West Bay realtors:

“If you start at the Bay Bridge and head west along most major streets in San Francisco, you’ll eventually get to a magical land of misery known as the Sunset. The name is a joke, and perhaps even a way to trick tourists: The sun rarely visits the Sunset, not even when it sets. The primary weather element in the Sunset is fog—thick, endless, depressive clouds of it that wash up from the ocean to completely saturate the land. I lived in the Sunset for a single, terrible year. Before I moved there, I used to be one of those snobby city-dwellers who’d look down on suburbanites who couldn’t handle San Francisco’s famously capricious climate. I’d heard the Sunset’s weather wasn’t great, but hey, how bad could it be?

It was bad. Too bad for me; after our lease was up, my wife and I moved to the suburbs. Looking back, what bothered me most wasn’t the terrible climate—though I did hate it—but the vast difference between the Sunset’s weather and the weather everywhere else. Whatever meteorological patterns applied in normal parts of San Francisco didn’t seem to apply to the Sunset, which meant that forecasts for the city held no sway there. If the weatherman said it was going to be 80 and sunny, it was probably 55 and cloudy at my house.

Wow, harsh.

Of course, former Supervisor Ed Jew famously claimed to live in the Sunset, but instead of actually doing that he preferred to risk jail, which is where he’s at right now. Oh well.

What a great place for a high-cost, low-productivity photovoltaic power plant using panels costing many times more than the going market rate. Oh well: 

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But it could be worse. The writer could have started talking about the “houses” of the Sunset District. Here they are, in no particular order:

Halfway houses

Cat houses

Grow houses

Oh well.

Keep on keeping on, Sunset District.