I installed the Windows 8 Release Preview in a VM to try it out. I can see it being very frustrating for the average non-techy to jump in and get started - requiring a tutorial session.
A lot seems configured for touch-based interaction, however they do have keyboard alternatives (for the majority of tasks).
Straight away I started up the OS and was presented with the Lock screen, clicked and it disappeared (also found that escape works). I got to the Metro screen and began playing around. I managed to install the Wikipedia App tile. Opened the desktop, found that pressing the windows key returned me to the Start screen (Metro). Pressing again, sent me to the last focussed application. Windows key and Tab allows you to switch between open tiles. Alt and Tab allows switching between open windows (both desktop application or tile).
I like the window frame visual style, I didn’t like Windows 7’s visual style at all; although this is similar, I do prefer it - it feels much cleaner.
When hearing about Windows 8 and Metro I thought I was really going to dislike it, but it turns out I’m not really bothered by it. It just feels like an enhanced version of OSX’s Launchpad application.
Having said all this, I am at the moment preferring Ubuntu 12.04 to Windows 8. To me I rate OSs in the following order: Ubuntu 12.04, Mac OSX, Windows 8, Windows 7. I prefer my mac setup (settings, shortcuts, etc…) to a fresh Ubuntu install. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to setup an Ubuntu system and configure it to how I want to work with it - once I’ve done this maybe I will rank it above my current Mac OS.
This is the original version I made in Java this time last year.
This is the online version I completed today. Certainly something I want to add to. It’s a basic note taker which allows you to download your notes as a text file, or e-mail the notes to your e-mail address.
How come you can have a blank month, 0th of a month, and blank hour of the day?
The first of these implants, Argus II developed by Second Sight, is already available in Europe. For around $115,000, you get a 4-hour operation to install an antenna behind your eye, and a special pair of camera-equipped glasses that send signals to the antenna. The antenna is wired into your retina with around 60 electrodes, creating the equivalent of a 60-pixel display for your brain to interpret. The first users of the Argus II bionic eye report that they can see rough shapes and track the movement of objects, and slowly read large writing.
The second bionic eye implant, the Bio-Retina developed by Nano Retina, is a whole lot more exciting. The Bio-Retina costs less — around the $60,000 mark — and instead of an external camera, the vision-restoring sensor is actually placed inside the eye, on top of the retina. The operation only takes 30 minutes and can be performed under local anesthetic…
The best bit, though, is how the the sensor is powered. The Bio-Retina system comes with a standard pair of corrective lenses that are modified so that they can fire a near-infrared laser beam through your iris to the sensor at the back of your eye. On the sensor there is a photovoltaic cell that produces up to three milliwatts — not a lot, but more than enough. The infrared laser is invisible and harmless.
Harvard biologists have developed oxygen-filled microparticles that can be directly injected into oxygen-deprived patients (like those who aren’t breathing). Rabbits tested with the technology obtained normal blood oxygen within seconds, and were able to survive without a breath for 15 minutes.
Considering that critical brain regions can die within ten minutes of oxygen starvation, and a mere five minutes starvation can lead to brain damage, this could change medical treatment of cardiac arrest.
And I can’t be the only person thinking of how deep someone is going to try and dive underwater using this stuff … right?
I’m a big fan of Sublime Text. As with many Mac programmers, I started on TextMate and then migrated over once Sublime Text 2 was released. When I started, however, there were a lot of things that I didn’t know about ST, so I’ve compiled a list of basic things that are excellent time savers.
Textbooks are fucking expensive, and if your professor doesn’t require a physical copy (most don’t - they just want you to have the book at hand. Or maybe even not. Some professors literally give no fucks about whether you have the book or not) and you…
Nobody should start to undertake a large project. You start with a small trivial project, and you should never expect it to get large. If you do, you’ll just overdesign and generally think it is more important than it likely is at that stage. Or worse, you might be scared away by the sheer…