Friday, November 2, 2012

Windows 8 basics

It's not intuitive, let's face it. We're all conditioned to use the start menu, and now that it's gone - we're asking - why, oh why?

So, a few basics to get anyone up and running in seconds, for mouse users:

  • Start tiles: Either move mouse to bottom-left corner and click, or press the "windows key".
  • Control Panel: From desktop, move mouse to bottom left corner, wait for the "start" image, right click it and select control panel
  • Shutdown/Restart: Ctrl+Alt+Delete, Click on the "Power Icon" (or click Esc to return)
  • Desktop Icons: Right click on desktop, Personalize, Desktop Icons and do your self a favor and add the computer
  • Computer Management/Device manager: Either from the left corner/right click, or from your computer desktop right-click menu
  • All my program icons: Click start, right click on non-tile area, select all apps
  • Network & Sharing Center: Right click on the network icon and select Network & Sharing Center
  • Shutdown trick 2: click on "windows button + c", select the settings charm, select the power icon
  • Close metro app, or desktop window: Alt+F4
Touch users:
  • Close an app: press and hold from the top edge of screen, all the way down the middle (took me days to figure this out)
  • Charms/Start menu: quick scroll from right edge, select start or other charm. The settings change based on the app you are using, as do the search options
  • Switch app: quick scroll from left edge
  • Select running app: quick scroll from left and back
  • Shut down: quick scroll from right edge, select settings, select power icon
  • Calibrate touch: using desktop, reach control panel and search touch (not easily done), click on the calibrate link and do your best...
Where the heck are Freecel and Mine-weeper? You can't use these old and loved free games anymore, instead you need to download from the Windows-Store Microsoft's own Solitaire Collection and Mine-Sweeper. Which only run in full-screen windows-app mode. There are blogs out there detailing how to hack original windows 7 games to run on windows 8. 


TMSLA = Too Much Shit Laying Around

Ok, so I own an iPad 1 which I bought a month before they announced iPad 2. That's the way of the world, you wait to buy the new gadget, only to realize it is then out-dated, was overpriced and well... why the heck did I need it to begin with?

And now, Microsoft-Surface tablets and Acer windows 8 tablets running out of stock everywhere - while the world is sinking into a global depression, and in New York, in the wake of a hurricane people are dumpster diving for food - you can't find a fricken tablet - for business use (of course).

So - I think people around are subject to a new condition I choose to label TMSLA. Seriously, you don't need it. You know you don't. Most people for some reason own several laptops, computers, tablets, e-readers, dsla cameras, digital cameras, film cameras, smart-phones, xbox, wii, play-station, ipod, ipod touch, nintendo ds, smart tv, smart blu-ray, 5 channel surround 18 pieces suite, house wiring, over the power networking, over the wireless networking. Hell - at least the toaster isn't network connected (yet).

Well, maybe I'm just describing my self here. I'm definitely matching the TMSLA definition. But the device I most often question why I have - is the iPad 1. And yet - the stores are running out of iPad mini and Microsoft Surface. Go figure.