Well sort of: Apart from Framemaker, I have no real use for Windows anymore. I’ll keep a machine for that to continue to produce the local astronomy club newsletter. Otherwise, all I need is available on my Mac. That interface is easier on the eye as it still has some colour even though it too has become “flatter” over the years. Perhaps more important, all settings are in one place, and easily found.
I did offer a Windows support/repair service but now the time has come to end that too. I spend far too much time looking for things that used to be towards the top of menus in W7, I struggle to understand why things which used to be in plain view, now seem to be hidden in Windows 8 and 10. This all makes it uneconomical to repair machines on an hourly rate as I waste so much time trying to sort out where things are.
Sorry to all my clients but, it really isn’t worth my while to even attempt to fix this stuff any more. Life is too short to try to understand the logic behind Microsoft’s latest changes and assumptions. Take a look at this screenshot:
Where the heck are the links to my applications? This abominations takes up a big chunk of screen real estate and offers nothing that I need, it shows fluff. The real stuff is available, but it’s displayed in a ridiculous alphabetical list, in fact no, that’s not true, Control Panel is still hidden.
Do I need apps? No. Do I need games? No. Social media? Not on your life. I’m old, I’m boring but I just need control.
All in all, having spent the best part of a year with Windows 10, I’ve had enough, I’m closing the Microsoft book forever. Sorry to those who’ve depended on my support over the years but this really is the end.
I guess all I really wanted was a re-engineered version of XP. Just as I’d hoped BMW would re-engineer the original Mini. Both seem to have ended up as bloated triumphs of design over content.