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Monday, August 24, 2009

Switching from KDE to WinXP #3 : Other Apps


I just found this post in the drafts section and realized that even though I wrote it well over a year ago, I never posted it. Rather than leave it again, I am going to post it now and complete it with screenshots in the near future.

This post is a bit out of date because I am talking about MS WinXP and KDE 3.5.x even though MS Windows Vista has been out for a couple of years (and MS Windows 7 is currently RTM) and KDE is up to 4.3. However, I am still using KDE 3.5 and much of the MS Windows-using world decided to stay with MS WinXP, so this article is not as out of date as it may seem.

Also, I believe (but could be wrong, I admit) that the situation has not changed much with current MS Windows releases — they still don’t come with much useful software; the end user still has to purchase or otherwise acquire and install their day-to-day software on their own.

Further, most of the KDE software mentioned in this article is still in use in KDE 4.3, although possibly in slightly modified form.

More Observations on KDE & WinXP

This is the third in a series of articles chronicling my switch from KDE to WinXP at work. If you haven’t already, please read the first and second articles.

There was not a whole lot of good software included with WinXP. Almost none. There is no good text editor – just Wordpad and Notepad. No good image manipulation program. MS Paint is the graphics equivalent of Notepad. For someone used to Linux, such skimpy software offerings are strange. KDE comes with an impressive amount of software. MS WinXP doesn’t.


posted by Osugi Sakae at 01:13  

Friday, February 9, 2007

On The Usability Of Paper Clips

Who would have thought anyone could not know how to use a paper clip?

A paper clip used WRONG

Some students I teach did not. Elementary school students, eight, nine years old. They had never used paper clips before and didn’t know how they worked. Some of them attached the clip as in the picture.


posted by Osugi Sakae at 05:17  

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Switching from KDE to WinXP #2

In late December of 2005, my work computer was replaced with a new one but it was not the joyous event it sounds like. My previous computer ran KDE on Linux. The new one had WindowsXP and installing Linux was not an option.

So I have been using WinXP for over a year now. In my first article I compared KDE and WinXP and discussed some of the frustrations involved in making the switch. In this article, I go into copious detail about file managers.


posted by Osugi Sakae at 06:06  

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