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Posted by Pierre Paul Landry
Sep 8, 2017 at 03:45 AM


Lucas wrote:
> I like to be able to use InfoQube and other great Windows software

:-) :-)

>I used to like Windows, but I have never recovered from my irritation with the way Windows decided to force users to interact with system settings via an insultingly dumbed-down, mobile-like interface.

True, but the good-old Control Panel has always been just a Win+X key away… And while I never liked the Windows 8 start screen, it is simple enough to install Classic Shell and get an “improved” Windows 7 machine.
The Windows store is a non-issue as I use only classic desktop apps. I find the stuff in the “store” to be OK for my 14 year old daughter, but for the rest of us…

For me, these two new key features are essential and non-existant on MacOS:

1- Touch screen: Allows for a tablet form-factor (or Surface Pro like). Also allows for running Android on a PC. I love being to use Android apps on a 12in big touch screen, side by side with Windows native ones

2- Active pen: Handwritten input is essential at times. No wonder Apple is going that direction with the iPad Pro tablets
For example, a real gem is Stylus Labs Write, avail on Windows and Android: http://www.styluslabs.com/: nothing less than a handwriting word processor !
I even integrated it within InfoQube, allowing for collaborative ink documents: http://www.sqlnotes.net/drupal5/index.php?q=node/3457

Just my 2 cents !

Pierre Paul Landry
IQ Designer


Posted by Marbux
Sep 8, 2017 at 07:16 AM


MadaboutDana wrote:
I would gently disagree on your view of macOS as better for personal
>than business use, Paul, given that I run our business on Macs ...

I agree that OS X can be used for some businesses and apologize for what was a generalization that swept too broadly.

Also, I shouldn’t be misunderstood as liking Windows; in my opinion it’s a sorry excuse for an operating system. But we’ve known at least since U.S. v. Microsoft that there’s a supporting application barrier to adoption for other operating systems.

I’ve developed a real affection for programs that run on multiple operating systems, hence one major reason I prefer NoteCase Pro as an outliner.  I’ve begun to extend that logic to multiple-OS programs that embed Lua as their scripting language, since it’s feasible in most cases to write Lua scripts such that they will run on any supported OS. E.g., I’ve written more than 600 scripts that extend NoteCase Pro and all of those scripts will run in NC Pro regardless of the platform NC Pro is running on. So for example, I use Geany as my text editor because it runs on all operating systems NoteCase Pro supports and has a plugin to add Lua support. https://plugins.geany.org/geanylua/geanylua-index.html

I also maintain a web page cataloging programs that embed or are written in Lua,  https://sites.google.com/site/marbux/home/where-lua-is-used (it’s overdue for updating). 

Best regards,



Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Sep 8, 2017 at 02:40 PM


Pierre Paul Landry wrote:

>For me, these two new key features are essential and non-existant on
> >1- Touch screen: Allows for a tablet form-factor (or Surface Pro like).

Indeed, I forgot to mention that I always carry around an 8.9” Windows tablet from Archos along with a foldable keyboard. If I need a Windows PC to get some urgent work done, with most of my regular software, there it is.

It goes without saying that I use it in normal desktop mode, rather than with the ‘modern’ tile interface.


Posted by Lucas
Sep 8, 2017 at 10:07 PM


Pierre Paul Landry wrote:
> >True, but the good-old Control Panel has always been just a Win+X key

Yes, but it’s a reduced version of the original Control Panel. Some settings are now only accessible via the mobile-like Settings app.

>For me, these two new key features are essential and non-existant on

Good points. Indeed, this discussion is giving me CRIMP cravings… I would really like to have a Surface Pro type device with a touchscreen and stylus… :-)


Posted by yosemite
Sep 8, 2017 at 10:59 PM


I use Windows 7 mostly, at work and at home.  Looking to get a used Surface and clean install a custom slim Windows 7 on it.  Until then I have an ipad which I’m sick of, and a few cheap android tablets which work fine for simple things.  I play around in Ubuntu sometimes.

I like Windows apps.

I won’t be doing Windows 8 or 10.  I’m still running XP on one machine and it still works great; I’m sure I’ll be fine with Win 7 for many years to come.


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