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Just curious. I am running Windows XP on this particular machine right now. Is your start menu organized?

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asked Sep 28 '11 at 10:35

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Steven Hibbs

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for me it doesn't matter how it looks like, cause i am using windows 7 and every app that i need, i just type name and it pops up.only program that i have "pinned" is chrome, for other programs i use "start search" or i just keep them in RocketDock.

answered Sep 28 '11 at 11:14

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Ivan Tomica

but w/ one program pinned, the rest would be placed w/ apps you recently used, which for me is., kinda messy, insignificant and cluttered-looking. so at least, I pin my favorite apps. but anyway, it always depends on the user.. I use the same too. "start search"

(Sep 28 '11 at 14:14) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

Does rocket dock work well for you? I had a lot of problems with it, it slowed down my boot time considerably and several of the apps wouldn't load. I finally gave up and uninstalled it. That was on my Windows 7 laptop, of course.

(Sep 28 '11 at 17:51) MacManDerek MacManDerek's gravatar image

@xedric14 I only one pinned app and that is only app what i look for when i open start, practically i don't even see other apps, if im looking for chrome i just click on start and chrome, and when i am looking for other most of the time i write their name before start even opens :P @MacManDerek it works quite well for me, and i personally prefer to open it manually when i log in into my computer, cause in that way it doesn't slows down "boot time", and i have time to do that, and one other thing is that i rarely shut down or reset my computer, i only do it when it is required because of updates.

P.S. I am not native in English so i apologize for eventual mistakes in upper text :)

(Sep 28 '11 at 19:17) Ivan Tomica Ivan%20Tomica's gravatar image

oh yea, I forgot you can also turn that feature off. haha yah, agree it's clean, it's minimalist and cool. as i've said, I would have done the same. but it freaks everybody out to find that the only thing installed in my computer is Chrome. they think lowly of my laptop. and i don't want that. :P

and i;m not english too.. i'm from asia. :)

(Sep 29 '11 at 03:24) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 with Global Menu. The menu is organised into different categories so that I can find everything easily. Then there's the Places and System tabs.

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answered Sep 28 '11 at 11:43

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wow. so that's how an ubuntu looks like. i've been thinking of dual booting it along side windows 7 for geek purposes. but not really sure about it.

(Sep 28 '11 at 14:11) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

version 10.10 is quite good, it has LTS (Long Term Support) and it is very stable release. and on the other side Ubuntu 11.04 is not so good, cause it is very unstable ("My software never has bugs, it just develops random features" ) , but it looks better than 10.10. And also you can try "Wubi installer" which allows you to install Ubuntu inside of the Windows OS and when restarting your computer you can select which operating system you want to use. After "tryin' it out" you can uninstall it from control panel in windows just like any other program.

(Sep 28 '11 at 19:27) Ivan Tomica Ivan%20Tomica's gravatar image

you mean, with Wubi installer, I can have Ubuntu just like I have firefox? and have no problem at all? see, i'm not the only one using this PC, and my mother might freak out when she Opens it and see an Ubuntu OS rather than Win7 (where I taught her how to use the PC)

(Sep 29 '11 at 02:02) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

and what do you mean by "stable"? bugs? how much of them? and does doing the method you suggest take a lot of resources? I only have a mid-range laptop (maybe low-range already since i'ts a 2010 model)

core2duo 2.0ghz, 2gb ram, 256mb Ati Radeon 4330 HD mobility 250gb hdd.

(Sep 29 '11 at 02:22) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

yes just like firefox but you can't run it just like firefox , instead of that you need to restart your pc and boot menu will apear , in that menu just select ubuntu and voila... and when you want to remove ubuntu, just boot in windows again and control panel > programs and features , and you just uninstall it from there. And jes it would run it, Ubuntu takes about 300MB if RAM. try it, you don't have nothing to lose...

(Sep 29 '11 at 04:50) Ivan Tomica Ivan%20Tomica's gravatar image

cool. I mean, since it's in the boot option when I boot Ubuntu does it boot windows? or Windows was "used" by Ubuntu to install it? and apart from that, nothing more? like resource consumption? (sorry guys, i'm off topic) anyways looks like i'll be using Ubuntu sooner than I thought.

(and by that method you mean, I wouldn't have to format a drive to install it? so what's gonna cost me is just the Hard Drive Space right? thanks Ivan.

(Sep 29 '11 at 06:25) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

Windows was used for install it , it is like installing it "side by side". When you boot ubuntu it boots only ubuntu... windows is used just for installing it and uninstalling it without messing with your partitions and data, cause if you would install Ubuntu "for real" you would have to format primary partition to ext4 format, and windows uses ntfs

(Sep 29 '11 at 07:29) Ivan Tomica Ivan%20Tomica's gravatar image

I'm actually very surprised that you are the only person who posted a pic of a linux computer! :O

(Feb 06 '12 at 20:02) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image
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I never really use the start menu.. got hotkeys and such for almost every program.

answered Sep 28 '11 at 11:48

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how did you do that hotkeys?

(Oct 01 '11 at 02:13) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

It looks something like this,

answered Sep 28 '11 at 13:18

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Good old Cheat Engine!

(Sep 28 '11 at 13:44) Hugo Hugo's gravatar image

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well, there's mine. it's a windows 7 x 64 SP1 machine.

every start menu shall fit its user, I believe. and mine is just half of what I actually Use to access my programs.

the other is accessed by Object Dock Plus 2.

and some Shortcuts are accessed by Scrybe. (yes, it's a laptop)

I seldom use the Start Menu, but I designed it that way, so that when a friend uses my computer, I wouldn't have to teach him how to use this machine. but for me., Start Menu can completely go away (well, except for the programs masterlist) PS: the antivirus softwares in it are ways to tell anyone using it how secure this PC is. :)


answered Sep 28 '11 at 14:06

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It isn't secure, it's Windows. ;-) (light hearted humor, not trying to start any flames)

(Sep 28 '11 at 23:37) Drmgiver Drmgiver's gravatar image

before 2008, windows is yes, not secure. ever since MSSE is released, it's secure. and I'm not starting an argument, just saying that everybody who has MSSE that's updated do not in 99% of a chance Experience Security Problems. that's based on what my experience tells me, and what people around me experience too. guess you're just one of the anti-MS fanboy around. don't care.

(Sep 29 '11 at 02:08) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

That's pretty similar to what my old desktop used to look like. Trying to get my programs and start menu back to that way.

(Sep 29 '11 at 20:52) Steven Hibbs Steven%20Hibbs's gravatar image

and maybe you don't notice. there is no single Icon on my desktop. (well except for the Recycle bin sometimes when I don't turn the icons off.)

its because I use the desktop as my Temporary Space where I place everything i am working at the moment, and then I keep them later to their respective folders where I can find them like a book.

I don't believe desktops should be a place for shortcut Icons. that's why my Shortcuts are either on start menu, object dock, or Scrybe.

(Oct 01 '11 at 01:45) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

I do the exact same thing! Great minds...lol

(Oct 01 '11 at 09:09) Steven Hibbs Steven%20Hibbs's gravatar image

lol...I rarely open my start menu...so I don't keep it organized.

I pin programs and set hotkeys on my keyboard. U

answered Sep 28 '11 at 14:28

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Here's screenshoot of mine.

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answered Sep 28 '11 at 19:21

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Ivan Tomica

looks just like mine does "clean".

(Sep 28 '11 at 19:49) bjone1153 bjone1153's gravatar image

yes, and i prefer to keep everything that way ;)

(Sep 28 '11 at 19:55) Ivan Tomica Ivan%20Tomica's gravatar image

I like it!

(Sep 29 '11 at 20:53) Steven Hibbs Steven%20Hibbs's gravatar image

Wow I just saw that!!! Very clean!!!

(Feb 05 '12 at 20:32) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

It's the best start menu.

(Jun 03 '12 at 03:50) DanGeek DanGeek's gravatar image

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answered Sep 28 '11 at 20:52

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Zane Harnish


Visual studio... mmmmm :D and what is that program pinned next to opera? and one more thing. YOU USE OPERAAA?? WTH?

(Sep 28 '11 at 20:56) Ivan Tomica Ivan%20Tomica's gravatar image

The program next to Opera is Microsoft WebMatrix, as I do a lot of web development... And yes, I do use the fastest, most customizable browser on the planet :)

(Sep 29 '11 at 17:56) Zane Harnish Zane%20Harnish's gravatar image

That is what you think, when i develop sites i always must to adjust it for IE and Opera... pain in the... :)

(Sep 29 '11 at 18:01) Ivan Tomica Ivan%20Tomica's gravatar image

When I develop sites the only problems I ever have are Firefox and IE...

(Sep 30 '11 at 15:52) Zane Harnish Zane%20Harnish's gravatar image

Opera is fast since it uses a proxy to compress the website and deliver it to you in a smaller size. at least that's what ive read about it.

it's fast enough and customizable as firefox too. again and again like Chris pirillo have said, what's good for you may not be good for others.

like I myself Uses Firefox most of the time not because I'm a fanboy, but because of my network constraints., Firefox is the most reliable.

when on different Computer/Network connection I sometimes try Chrome and Opera, But I'm kinda used to Firefox which makes it harder for me to switch no matter how much Promotion I read from geeks like people here in lockergnome. and to be fair. When I first bought this laptop, I kept on switching between browsers to see which one fits me.

so again, Chris is right, what's good for you may not be good for others.

PS: it applies on skin and hair products too. lol

(Oct 01 '11 at 01:51) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

Yup... I agree... The truth is, when people ask me what browser they should use, I often recommend Chrome because it is simple. The reasons I like Opera are things that most people will never use anyway...

And Opera does have an option to turn on that compresses the sites, but I don't use it.

The main thing I love about Opera though is that it is basically 100% customizable. It has a palette of hundreds of buttons and items that I can drag around and put them where ever I want. Maybe I'm mistaken, but I don't think that there is any other browser out there that let's you freely move any component of the browser...

(Oct 01 '11 at 07:16) Zane Harnish Zane%20Harnish's gravatar image

I personally like opera because of that, i want from my browser to be simple and lightweight. When i used opera it sometimes climbed up to 1GB of RAM usage, and with Chrome i didn't have that problems no matter how much tabs i had opened.

(Oct 01 '11 at 07:34) Ivan Tomica Ivan%20Tomica's gravatar image

You need to restart your computer. Just wanted to point that out.

(Oct 01 '11 at 21:31) KylePolansky KylePolansky's gravatar image
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BTW: Here is my new Desktop at home running Windows 7. I just got it so I don't have very many programs installed.

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answered Sep 28 '11 at 20:59

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Steven Hibbs

This is on my main laptop, that was running Vista, and downgraded to XP.

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This is on my home desktop, running Vista, don't judge me -.-

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My new laptop on Windows 7 :D

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^Windows 8 RTM's final start menu with some apps.

answered Sep 28 '11 at 22:06

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edited Oct 28 '12 at 22:33

wth man, why not 7? not judging., but why not 7? it's as stable as XP. i;m asking not cause I despise XP, but I wonder what reasons do XP users have for keeping XP when 7 is like XP too., only much CUTEr haha

(Oct 01 '11 at 01:53) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

I like 7, but it crashes constantly and uses up my RAM, while XP is lightweight and my desktop is made for Vista so I left it, as is.

(Oct 01 '11 at 01:59) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

People keep XP to maintain more compatibility and still have some of the features that were pointlessly changed or removed in Vista/7.

(Feb 07 '12 at 09:09) nickjuly4 nickjuly4's gravatar image

What wallpaper is that in the Consumer preview?

(Mar 11 '12 at 13:00) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

I just found this wallpaper on Google, just type in abandoned cars with the size and width of 1280 x 800

(Mar 11 '12 at 13:18) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Any update since Windows 8 officially came out?

(Oct 28 '12 at 22:17) Steven Hibbs Steven%20Hibbs's gravatar image

Glad you asked, lmao. Yeah, I changed it big time.

(Oct 28 '12 at 22:31) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image
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