Wednesday, May 15, 2013 8:10:23 AM
Or "obvious announced failures I cannot explain".
In 2011 I wrote this blog post:http://my.opera.com/LorenzoCelsi/blog/2011/06/03/people-are-stupid
Now Microsoft admits Windows 8 is unusable (mostly on PCs) and promises to correct it some with 8.1 (or "Windows Blue").
I don't think so, because Windows 8 is basically two radically different operating systems glued one on top of the other. So when I use a PC and I need the "traditional desktop mode", I do not need the "live tiles" in "touch screen mode". Then even if Microsoft finally manages to give me the option to chose which "mode" to boot and use, the other "mode" ends in being just useless bloat and annoyance, when I am forced to switch from a "mode" to the other because the software was designed to work only on one of the two.
The nonsense is obvious looking at this "guide" from Microsoft:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/desktop
Guess what, maybe the "live tiles" are good for touch screen devices like smartphones and tablets. I say "maybe" because I don't think currently there is a market of Windows powered touch screen devices. But for sure "live tiles" aren't good for PCs that are designed to be used with keyboard and mouse. Not only the tiles but the whole "touch screen user experience" that comes with it, like mandatory full screen applications. To not mention the fact that you must develop software with different technologies then re-work all existing "desktop" applications.
But on PCs nobody wants the "live tiles" and this means, since Microsoft forces hardware vendors to pre-install Windows 8 on their products, nobody wants to buy a new PC and pay for the license of Windows, further depressing the PC sales.
Funny, from follower of the (silly) trend of "post-PC era", Microsoft is being the cause of the "post-PC era". And on a side note, I will never get the american idea of "modern" which translates in "it doesn't matter if it doesn't work or if it is nonsense and dumb, it is better because it is new".
Saturday, April 27, 2013 7:33:45 AM
I am reading the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has officially recognized the absence of animal disease in pork farms from the italian regions of Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Piemonte and Province autonome di Trento e Bolzano (it is basically the whole north Italy). Then starting from May 28th the current ban of imported food will be cancelled. American buyers could chose between locally produced and imported original versions.
Sadly I live in Italy but I must avoid "salumi" (the italian word that stands for the whole group of food made of salted pork meat) because of the low fat diet.
Monday, April 1, 2013 8:35:48 AM
This is lake of Pusiano, a small lake not far from where i live.
Picture taken during a short trip on the scooter, still some snow around.Martina and Marco on Easter afternoon.
There is a small airport and the park where I take most
of my pictures next to their home.
Thursday, March 14, 2013 7:14:55 PM
Saint Peter's square, Rome.
People are getting worse day by day.(from corriere.it)
Sunday, February 24, 2013 10:18:54 AM
Yesterday morning I went to a park with dad and uncle Lorenzo. It was cold but there were big strange animals called "cavallo" (horse). My sister Martina was running here and there trying to find some grass to feed them and I could touch one on his nose. I wanted to stay and play with them but for some reason dad and uncle took me away. I tried to escape and walk my way back to where the fun was but they strapped me to the car seat. I cried and cried but they did not care and I finally ended sitting in a chart in a very crowded mall. Poor me. Life is so unfair.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 8:17:30 PM
I have been calling the assistance for weeks, I told them the heater was having issues with water pressure and displaying errors. Tonight it finally died, flooding the room. Now I am without house heating and without warm water. I called the 24/7 phone number and the guy told me they are going to call me back tomorrow morning. Cool. This was a top quality heater back when we bought it, I wonder how it works with cheap ones.
Monday, February 18, 2013 5:36:59 PM
Another little story of life in Italy.
You live in a condo and there is an "manager" whose job is to collect money from apartment owners to cover general expenses like cleaning, repairs, electricity in common areas and so on.
At some point one or more among the owners stop paying.
There are two options:
- the apartment owner doesn't pay because he doesn't agree with it. The manager can ask a judge to oblige the apartment owner and then the owner can file a suit to get the money back.
- the apartment owner doesn't pay because he has gone bankrupt. Usually everything he owns is auctioned to refund the creditors and the condo manager comes among the latest, so he gets the money if there is some left. Otherwise none. At that point the Law guarantees the apartment owner the right to live in the house with his family and to have a sufficient income, so basically he can stay. The Law then asks the other owners to pay for the debts that cannot be refunded by the auction. And the situation gets locked. You are going to pay your part plus some for people who don't pay anything.