January 2013 - Posts
Neowin blog article notes UI Advantages in "Windows 8 and Why I Love it article"
QUOTE: While I'm not against change for the most part, I can understand why people get very passionate when something so ingrained in their lives is taken away from them. By this I am talking about the decision to remove the Start Button from Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. I can also understand that the alternative the same people are then presented with just doesn't do it for them. I am talking about the Start Screen and the Modern UI that Microsoft has brought to their Windows OS.
And what of the UI on the traditional desktop? Aero has been semi-retired in favour of, the Modern UI. Obviously, the first thing you see is a clear lack of Start Button. But the Taskbar remains the same as Windows 7. What we get is the last remnants of Aero Glass transparency on the Taskbar, square corners to windows and square flat edges to tabs in the Ribbon interface of the desktop apps. Curves are pretty much ignored. While the desktop and Start Screen are different experiences, it's all been done to blend the look of both that little bit more. Personalization remains the same as Windows 7, being able to change the theme, wallpaper, font & icon size, it's all there. Microsoft has even bundled in a panoramic theme, Nightfall and Starlight, to show off the desktop across multiple monitors.
The new Collections Manager will allow improved user tailoring of desired categories.
QUOTE: Remember the Facebook Timeline changes some users started to notice in December? The ones that include a row of fresh options at the top of the page, below your picture, and the banishment of "Maps" and thumbnail images? Well, the changes appear to be rolling out for all Facebook users in New Zealand, where it's already Wednesday. And they include a surprising new "Collections Manager" feature that lets you customize all that content at the top of your Timeline, as well as the ability to rearrange the right-hand column. According to the Kiwis contacted by Mashable, there's another feature we didn't know about previously. The Timeline change also offers the ability to "rearrange" the boxes in the right-hand column (Likes, Photos, Map and so on). Previously, you could only choose to hide them altogether. The order of the boxes at the top of the page is now determined by a "Collections Manager":
Please note potential for new scams:
Scammers are using family relationship data and location information to target grandparents.
QUOTE: Online scammers and con men aren’t known for their tact, but a recent scam in the New York tri-state area that’s targeting grandparents is more malicious than most. Con artists are reportedly using Facebook to find out location info about both grandparents and their grandchildren, and then exploiting that information to get money out of concerned grandparents. One popular scam, for instance, has con artists contacting grandparents and telling them that their beloved grandchildren are in some kind of trouble that, of course, requires a little money to get out of, like jail. “I got a telephone call, and a man was on, and he said that my grandson was in jail, and that I should pay money to get him out on bail or he was going to stay there,” said Ruth Winter, a recent victim of such a scam. “And instead of thinking, my grandma emotion overcame me.”
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