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I bought a new computer. The main reason for wanting a new one is that for some time the images my current camera produces are large enough that my Mac Pro was rather slow on them. I’d have replaced it with another Mac but Apple’s current lineup was unattractive on both price and performance grounds, so I got a PC from World Of Computers instead. It seems to be fast enough.

It came with Windows 8. The addition of tablet features has generated a lot of fuss but in practice they don’t seem to get in the way; the usual Windows desktop is still there with the only significant difference from Windows 7 being that the start menu has turned into a start screen. Setup has mostly been easy though installing suitable drivers for my printer was a massive pain.

I’m using PuTTY more than I used to. The lack of tabs and clickable URLs makes it somewhat painful compared to the terminals available in the Linux and OSX worlds.

I’ve played through Portal 2, which is great fun. I’ve also started on Starcraft 2, though successfully creating a Blizzard account and downloading it was a bit of a struggle.

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Date: 2012-11-04 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mobbsy.livejournal.com
I've found that when I need to do a lot of Unixy things on Windows, these days the easiest thing is to have a VM running to switch to. RAM is cheap...

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Date: 2012-11-04 03:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ewx.livejournal.com
I've got a Linux machine on the same network and an X server on my display, so I'm reasonably well set up. But I was going to give Hyper-V a try at some point.

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Date: 2012-11-04 03:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gerald_duck
I always feel that tabbing shouldn't be part of the application, it should be part of the window manager: it's not clear that it benefits one application more than another.

For one thing, applications are the wrong conceptual groupings. I want the editor windows, compiler windows, Wikipedia look-up and e-mail thread for a problem I'm working on grouped together, rather than all my editor windows in one place, PuTTY windows in another, etc.

For another, I seem to know better than application designers whether I want virtual desktops, MDI, tabs, tree tabs or separate windows in any particular circumstance.

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Date: 2012-11-04 03:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ewx.livejournal.com
If window managers actually supported that it would be a good reason to leave it out of applications, but as it turns out they don't.

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Date: 2012-11-06 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dave holland (from livejournal.com)
I want [many windows] for a problem I'm working on grouped together

I use virtual desktops for that. When I run out of virtual desktops, I know I'm trying to do too many things at once.

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Date: 2012-11-06 01:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gerald_duck
It's not really "at once". I might, for example, do something for a bit and get to a point where I need turnaround on some question from someone in a different timezone. At that point I'm not going to close the windows, but I'm going to put it out of my mind for many hours.

In any case, I don't personally like virtual desktops much. Frames I could move around within my desktop like windows, into which I could group other windows, would be considerably nicer.

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Date: 2012-11-06 08:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dave holland (from livejournal.com)
Fair enough - for that sort of context switch I do close the windows, mostly because I don't like finding 'n' virtual desktops full of windows needing to be closed at the end of the day. (Luddite that I am, I turn the machine off daily.)

I can see the appeal of MDI-for-window-manager too. Xnest?

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Date: 2012-11-06 12:21 pm (UTC)
gerald_duck: (ascii)
From: [personal profile] gerald_duck
Re-parenting would be preferable. In the first instance, all the conversations between the server and the client wouldn't have to go via the "window manager" (i.e. the xnest), which would presumably improve performance, espeically if all three were running on different hosts. In the second, it would be nice to be able to move windows dynamically between frames, which would be fundamentally impossible with xnest.

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