In a new MSDN blog post roughly one-third the length of the Book of Genesis, Microsoft explains how the Windows UI was created. After a “brief” history of the subject, the post moves on to the look and feel of the new Windows 8 desktop and the rationale for the changes.
In short – and after reading the post, short is a blessing – Windows 8 will be flattened out:
Windows 8 Desktop
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There are a thousand different recommendations from a thousand different doctors and other “specialists” about what to do and not to do if you sit at a desk for long periods of time. And I’m sure there are as many pieces of bad advice as good (although my guess at the ratio is probably closer to 10:1), but here’s one of my tried-and-true tips:
Get a foot rest.
I sit at my office desk for between two and six hours a day, five to seven days a week, and the one thing I’ve found that makes the experience more comfortable than anything (other than a great desk chair) is having something to rest my feet on while sitting.
There are plenty of what I’m sure are excellent foot rests to choose from – most simple, some elaborate. You’ll have to find the one that works best for you, but I actually use a stepping stool, a Rubbermaid 4200-87-BISQU Step Stool to be precise. It’s not fancy, but it’s cheap, and for me, my leg length, and my chair, it’s very comfortable.
“But then I sigh; and, with a piece of scripture,
Tell them that God bids us do good for evil:
And thus I clothe my naked villany
With old odd ends stolen out of holy writ;
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.”
from William Shakespeare’s Richard III, Act 1 Scene 3
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"[It is] the knave who [is] willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromiser is the transmitting rubber tube."
- Ayn Rand from “For the New Intellectual”