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One year and two months ago we were introduced to what Windows 8 would look, feel, and perform like. I just stumbled across the chat log of Matthew Linder and I while we were watching the first keynote of the BUILD conference. 14 months is a long time, and I look back at that chat log and think "man, I was so young and stupid!"
I find it fascinating to look back on this type of event and remember what we thought the future was going to be like, what emotions we were feeling while being introduced to this brand-new, unknown thing called Metro.
For your viewing and reading pleasure: the keynote and the chat log.
me: there you are!
Snuffy: they like touch I guess
me: no kidding
Snuffy: and tablets
will i have to buy a touch monitor?
me: not necessarily
Snuffy: but will i want to
me: I still like my dual-monitor and touchpad on the desk idea
Snuffy: i could probably get something like that set up
me: "the chipset?"
Snuffy: they mean the cpu/gpu
Snuffy: but they just said mouse and keyboard is still just as good
me: they dont want to alienate anyone at this point
Snuffy: yea good point
ill have to leane a tlike 12:15
me: oh god, windows live
me: does it rain in the cloud?
Snuffy: lol bnetbook
me: i hate it when people use those
Snuffy: yay optimization!
that is one of the biggest barriers to using a modern OS- you have to have a good computer to run it
Snuffy: its kind of like snow leopard, the next gen OS has lower system requirements than its predecessor
lol password ridiculus
me: I was about to say what she said
"over te camera shoulder" lol
Snuffy: those arent windows! those are tiles
Snuffy: i know lol
thats what i was thinking
me: so she has an email preview tile, but what about people who use gmail
Snuffy: it will probably integrate
Snuffy: onscreen keyboard..
me: ugh, touchscreen typing is still too slow
Snuffy: what angle was she typing at?
me: not sure
Snuffy: that guy just pops in: all with touch too
me: throws her off
Snuffy: Word Hunt.... my favorite!
me: maybe they need to move downstage
or I could get two monitors and see everything at once
Snuffy: did he just say that
me: and then he plays dumb
me: product placement!
they're after me luck charms!
Snuffy: there is going to be a big boom in touchscreen monitors
me: hell yeah
Snuffy: auto-spell checking is not new....
me: ah, but it used to be program-specific
now it is system wide
Snuffy: only on windows
Snuffy: not for: linux, mac, android, ios, etc
cheapest touchscreen on newegg is $250
me: I wonder why nobody made a program that spellchecks everything
Snuffy: though sometimes spell check is annoying, when your trying to type certain things
me: "metro-style" what do they mean by that?
Snuffy: ot sure
settings syncing... I like
me: they are so awkward
Snuffy: very akward
i can't build apps =(
me: microsoft seems very bad at doing presentations like this
Snuffy: i have seen microsoft do better ones
me: remember the whole deal with the kinect party at E3?
Snuffy: oh yea lol
me: "web" of apps
Snuffy: like they all work together
me: they really want everyone to use 8 on everything
Snuffy: seems like a bad program, could really screw up this web
unix kernel is way more rebust and reliable
me: knew you would say that
i am like excited about this interface, but also scared
me: I am really lost now
Snuffy: yea this part will probably be boring... since it is for the devs
me: goddammit, they are calling it an app store
Snuffy: apple tried to sue them when they called it that a couple months back
me: I am so tired of that phrase
Snuffy: but apple lost obviously
why sick of it?
me: this guy's voice
oh, its just that everyone seems to want to call their programs "apps" now
Snuffy: yea I guess so, is that bad?
me: its just obnoxcious, I like calling them programs
I hope he doesn't forget to check-expect
Snuffy: I think an "application" is a bunch of individual programs and an GUI
me: I wonder how easy it will be to upgrade seamlessly from 7 to 8
Snuffy: I wonder too
10pm tonight out time, they will be releasing the ISO for devs
me: International Socialist Organization?
Snuffy: disk image file http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_image
me: will he swoop the woop?
I have to leave in like 20 min but I want to see the later part of this
me: he said swoop, and it made me think of swooping the woop
Snuffy: now touch on a monitor or laptop, is ergonomically horrible, arms get too tires
Snuffy: what they are talking about now sounds really good, but doesn't really apply to me
cux i dont make apps
me: you could
why are we taking CSci, after all?
Snuffy: eventually yep
me: hey look, that web browser has a chrome!
Snuffy: tthats the web browser i have
me: horrible joke
Snuffy: on my beta
me: dude, that is just IE 9
looks like it anyway
Snuffy: a couple of things behaved differently
me: dude, I wont have to get office on a disc
just realized that
you wont need a disc drive!
me: also, what are the installation options going to be if I don't have a isc drive
Snuffy: and just like with steam, applications on the app store will be cheaper
me: FUCK YEAH
Snuffy: isc drive?
Snuffy: maybe they will have install from within 7
and usb install too
me: ok, but what if I build myself a tower that does not have a disc drive
Snuffy: those arent games
me: there was one that had garden gnomes
Snuffy: oh didn't see
me: I remember quicken
Snuffy: my mom uses that a lot
me: that is good
the apple app store is very closed, isnt it?
Snuffy: you mean the mac app store
me: well, I was thinking of iPod apps but yeah mac apps now as well
Snuffy: closed in the sense meaning you cant sell apps with malware or ones that don't work
me: I have read a lot of frustrated stories from developers trying to get stuff out to people on the iPod app store
Snuffy: 99.9% apps get approved in 24 hours, the ones that don't either: the description doesnt match there app, or the app doesnt work, or there is porn
me: I WANT MY PRON APP
Snuffy: k lol
me: pron is an intentional misspelling
i didn't know
Snuffy: I want to see the how the average user reacts to this metro web of apps
I am sure some will love it
some will prolly be scared to death
me: and then there is my mother
who will still be using XP
Snuffy: lol thats like 10 years old now
me: next year is its 10 year anniversary
wait, never mind
Snuffy: oh ok
me: I should have my family throw their computers a party
Snuffy: yea lol
me: I want to see them plays some friggin games on thos machine
Snuffy: games will probably work the same
run in full screen and take full ocntrol
me: what happens if I try to run a FPS on a touchscreen win8?
Snuffy: oh they cant
me: I like DOS text
Snuffy: i love fast boot
I thought their product was security essentials
Snuffy: they have multiple security thing s built in
windows 8 is looking really nice
me: that could be good for my computer's battery life issues
this part of the presentation is better
choosing intel over AMD nice
Snuffy: intel dont support usb 3.....
Snuffy: oh nice
these are special drives
Snuffy: fuck i got to go to work
Snuffy: that system there is better than mine =(
me: no shit
i hope he plays a game
Snuffy: g2g cya