Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The New Digs

Computer digs, I mean. I’ve had my new laptop for over a month now, so I think it’s fair to say that I can judge it properly. It’s…well, you know what, this will probably be easier in list form, because lists just make everything better.

---Boots up like hella fast; I have to give Windows 8 credit for that
---I can finally copy links from the address bar in Chrome again; seriously, that was driving me nuts
---Um…the cat seems to enjoy licking it…not really sure what to make of this

---Windows 8 (technically 8.1, but that really isn’t better)
---I have to use the FN key if I want to use F7, which as you probably all know, is the spell check/thesaurus button; and you know what, this might be a small thing, but it’s a pain in the freaking ass
---I can’t just find a program, right click, and put it on the desk top; I have to manually create an icon just so I have easy access to it on the desk top; italicized because SERIOUSLY WHY IS THAT A THING?
---Of course, you can’t just find a program anyway, as there’s no Programs button in the start menu; you’re just supposed to start typing what you want and pray that the right thing comes up (and that it’s not under some stupid name you don’t recognize)
---Seriously, I hate the Start menu; it’s blocky and colorful and I want things in neat, list-like rows
---Oh, and here’s a switch as I’ll actually be complaining about something other than Windows 8, but rather Toshiba as they’re the ones who made this thing; I couldn’t scroll using the touch panel; do you have any idea how annoying that is? It took me a week to figure out how to fix it (Toshiba’s help site was exactly no help); until then, I had to use the arrow keys or manually scroll like an animal!
---Windows 8. I just don’t think I can explain in words how unintuitive it is; for a tablet or a touchscreen, yeah, maybe it would work; but I don’t frigging have one of those, do I, Windows 8? DO I?
---All the apps stupid Windows 8 tries to shove down my throat; you know what, Windows 8? I don’t need a “Food and Drink” app. I don’t need your stupid “Mail”. What I need is to be able to find my copy of Microsoft Word and Paint for all my Spamfiles pictures. But do you make them easy to find? Or do you give me the stupidest bass-ackwards interface that someone thought up after huffing lead based paint?
---Windows 8. Go die in a fire.

Okay, so there are way more Cons than Pros, mostly because of Windows f*****g 8 being a piece of garbage. I know shouldn’t complain about something that was basically free but…man, I wish I could have picked it out myself.

If you’re in the market for a new computer/laptop, for the love of all that is holy, wait until the next version of Windows comes out because it can’t be as bad as this monstrosity. If your computer dies early, you’re better off getting an old one with Windows 7 than suffering with 8.

Seriously, Windows 8. Hate you.


  1. At least it tastes good to the cat.
    That's why I refuse to get anything with Windows 8 on it. Our workplace got to beta test it before it released and we all thought it sucked.

  2. There's a story behind how Win8 came to be, but I'm not going to go into that, right now.
    Basically, let's say, it's the laser disc of operating systems.
    You don't stop hating it, by the way; you just get used to it.

  3. There's a food and drink app?

    Maybe the computer was packed among a shipment of catnip.

  4. I'm so glad I still have Windows 7.

    1. Or do I have Vista? I have no idea. But I know it's not Windows 8.

  5. I still have Vista & I'm pretty happy about that. Chadwick's computer has Windows 8 & I know he was okay with it. My mother has been using his computer for the past couple of weeks, but I don't know how successfully. She hasn't complained yet.

  6. Perhaps it's time to jump to Apple...? I have not heard good things about Windows 8. There's no place like in the control panel where you can switch to an older view? I know older versions of Windows let you do that.

  7. Do you feel better after getting that off your chest? LOL. I'm getting used to it but it frustrated me so much at first.

  8. I barely go on the menu--I also prefer lists. I have all my important apps pinned.I'm used to Windows 8, but I do miss my old computer.

  9. My husband helped me select a laptop that was known for it being easy to wipe out Windows 8 and install the previous version. Then recently, the touchpad died. Hubs did some research and found that this particular model of laptop was still around and had kept its value specifically BECAUSE it is easy to wipe out Windows 8 and install the previous version. He ordered a new one, swapped out the hard drives, and sent the older one for repair. I suggested he sell it when it comes back, but he thinks I should keep it as back up, seeing as it's now the primary means by which I stay sort-of employed.


Please validate me.