Latest update:I've added the start screen to add a picture of the new charms seen in the latest official release of Windows 8 (Windows 8 Consumer Preview). I have also update the screenshots of Windows 8 to match what is seen in the consuemr preview.
It appears that the Windows button has changed icon and moved to the right hand corner of the screen.
Original post based on a rumor
In a daring move, Microsoft has decided to ditch the Start Button in Windows 8, the next version of Windows operating system. The Chinese-language site PCBeta hinted at the Start button's demise over the weekend with some supposed Windows 8 beta screenshots, and The Verge confirmed the change with "sources close to Microsoft's Windows 8 development."
Instead of the start button or as Extreme Tech calls it the corner-hugging Windows flag, Windows 8 will feature a "hot corner." Flicking the mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen will bring up the new fullscreen Metro-style Start screen, which in my opinon is extremely ugly.
The Windows 8 "Start Screen"
I frequently use the start menu to launch the start menu to search for things. The start button is one of the killer feature of Windows over Apple Mac. It is soooo much easier than Mac's many menus. Removing the Start button may cause confusion among Windows users unless Microsoft clearly explains how to find and open apps.
The Evolution of the Start Menu
See how the Start Menu (now known as the "Start Screen") over time with different versions of Windows (starting with the latest version Windows 8).
The Start Menu in previous versions of Windows (The scroll to the left to see more Start Menus)
The Start Button is one Microsoft's strongest trademarks of Windows with all versions of Windows, starting from Windows 95, featuring the Start Menu.
Edit: Now ALL YouTube videos on MyOpera no longer plays with Adobe Flash. They are all HTML5 videos.
This blog is proud to be HTML5 and standards compliant. I have edited all old posts to make all the audio elements using HTML5 audio. Also, all of the new posts are written in standard HTML5 and not BBCode (whenever possible). This enables this blog to be seen in any browsers / RSS readers or any programs that use HTML / HTML5. To see all posts using specific HTML5 eliments, see http://my.opera.com/wikipedian/blog/index.dml/tag/html5. At this point you may be thinking, gee, I don't have an HTML5 browser. Well, users of older non HTML5 browsers can still hear the audios since I have made all the posts backward compatible with older browsers using the embedding of the audio to be played by your default audio program. However, to get the full experience of HTML5 on other sites, you may want to upgrade to a modern browser like Internet Explorer 9 or later or Firefox or Opera. In addition to the support for HTML5, modern browsers come with many additional benefits, such as speed and security.
This is a test page to try out the HTML5 audio features. Please note that not all browsers support HTML5 contents.
HTML5 is the latest HTML standards set out by the W3C. As you can probably see, playing the audio file below does not require additional software like Adobe Flash Player, Quicktime, etc. HTML5 allows videos and audio to be embeded in the website to be played back by the browser. To learn more about HTML5 audio, see this article at HTML5 Tutorial. To learn more about HTML5, see this article on W3C schools or this Wikipedia article or search for "HTML5" in your favorite seach engine. Note: The song is downloaded from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCQtrlFAyf4.
but to get the full experience of HTML5, upgrade to a modern browser like Internet Explorer 9 or later or Firefox or Opera. In addition to the support for HTML5, modern browsers come with many additional benefits, such as speed and security.
When I was reading the book Laura Marlin Mysteries: Dead Man's Cove, I noticed a wrong usage in the book on page 144. The author Lauren St John wrote, "as she waited for the document to upload, Laura called Skye again." In that sentence, "upload" should be "download." In the computer sense, when infomation travels from the Internet to your computer, it is called a download. When information travels from your computer back to the Internet, it is called upload.
This nice little image will help you remember that:
I recently did a factory install of my Dell Studio 15. With the install, the Phoenix Failsafe software got installed. However, when I tried running the software, I got an error that the software cannot connect to the server. Upon searching the web, I found out that the Failsafe software is no longer supported (since 7 April 2010 - check http://www.failsafe.com for verification).
Now I have the software stuck on my PC and it keeps nagging me to activate it. To remove this software, download and run the software at http://download.failsafe.com/fspatch.exe/. The FailSafe service is being discontinued. The ability to install, upgrade or purchase the product has been disabled. Please see http://www.failsafe.com for current details thank you Alastair Phoenix Technologies.
In that post I said that "in Windows 7, there are some features tha are 'extra' because the feature it depends upon has been removed. For example, Microsoft removed the classic theme but did not remove the option to "display full address in title" which depends on the classic theme. It even has the words 'classic theme only.'"
Apparently, I was wrong. There IS a way to get back "classic" theme (well not "true" classic but it is the Windows 7 version of the "classic theme".) To do that, right click the desktop (the screen with the icons on it) and click "personalize."
In the next Window that come up, scroll down until you see "Windows Classic" and click on it.
That will make Windows switch to the classic theme. To switch back click on the "Windows 7" in the aero theme section.
Note: You may not see the "AMD VISION Engine Control Center" option in the right click menu of the desktop. It only appears on computers with AMD Processors and ATI Graphic Card installed.
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