7 April 2013

I've got those new computer blues...

I got a new computer loaded with Windows 8. For the life of me, I can't figure out why computer companies make every new version impossibly complex. Simple things like turning the computer off are impossible to figure out without someone guiding you through the process and even then, it's hard to remember. (I've resorted to finding the icons using the control-alt-del sequence.) To make matters worse, the computer goes into sleep mode and is impossible to wake up. I'll see if I can find someone who can get into the system and turn all the power-saving crap off, but if not, I'll have to take it back. It isn't just me. A tech person came and helped me for half and hour, and even after internet searches, couldn't figure out how to wake the damn thing up. My advice for computer makers. Come out with a computer that has an on and off switch that looks (and works) like a big ugly plastic light switch and stick it right on the front of the computer. If you include a sleep function, include a second such switch with a big "wake me up" logo next to it. And finally, shoot the software developer who came up with the idea of hiding options under roll-overs that are in empty parts of the screen. This whole experience is making me long for the days of Windows 3.1.

I also updated my Endnote software to Version 6. Every new Endnote version gets a little uglier. This one has eliminated the useful feature of automatically saving changes. Now, every time you change an entry, you have to go through the menu to save changes. I tried changing a name in multiple entries and it took forever. The Windows 8 developers are evidently moonlighting over at Endnote.

3 comments:

CyberKitten said...

I had a new computer built for me recently and insisted on Windows 7 rather than Windows 8 as the OS. I'm so glad I did!

Jazzbumpa said...

I don't think you're looking at hardware issues. You're looking at software issues.

lo siento
JzB

Diana said...

Same here. I can't figure this thing out. one big pain the arse.