Mobile environment #69. Do you need a start button?

On Monday, we released a review of an image monitor from Acer, in the comments, some readers drew attention to those shortcomings that I did not attach any importance to at all. The topic seemed interesting to me, so I decided to develop it a bit.

What is the most important thing in a monitor?

To be fair, I would like to first talk about my priorities when choosing a monitor. In the first place for me, of course, is the quality of the picture, I love displays with ultra-high resolution, when each letter is drawn as if with a thin black marker. Initially, such displays were installed in the MacBook Pro Retina, later other laptop manufacturers joined Apple, and monitors with 2k and 4k, respectively, also pulled up a little later. In second place, I would put the appearance, after all, the monitor is an integral part of the interior in most rooms. Agree, it's nice if you have a beautiful thing on your table. The third point I would choose is the convenience of using the built-in menu: to quickly adjust the brightness and volume, there should be separate keys so that you do not have to climb in the wilds of the menu.

As for the tilt angle, I only need a slight tilt, which almost all monitors have. My desk and chair are at the perfect height from each other so that when I place the monitor on my desk, the display is right in front of my eyes, so I don't have to sit hunched over or crane my neck.

The best place for ports for me is the back of the monitor, not the bottom, which is often difficult to access.

To be honest, I was surprised by the number of people who need to constantly turn the monitor up and down or left and right: you have a fixed workplace, you sit on the same chair at the same table (we are talking about home monitor), why should the placement of the monitor constantly change? The second most popular comments were about the terrible appearance of the built-in menu in the Acer S7. I agree, it doesn't look very pretty, but it's not the most frequently used feature. It seems to me that in most cases you have adjusted the brightness, color gamut and other parameters and do not go there anymore.

As part of today's "Mobile Environment", I would like to ask you again, dear readers, what is still important for you when choosing a monitor? What do you pay attention to, and what, on the contrary, are you ready to put up with?

How I was mistaken for a mystery shopper

In one of the issues of Mobile Environment, I talked about my adventures when replenishing a bank card in Euroset / Svyaznoy / MTS. In short, the essence of the problem is that I am constantly offered additional services: some are limited to offers to connect a double benefit to the Corn card, others offer a credit card from MTS, and still others go through the full list: cards, tablets, films, accessories and even multicookers!

And so, one of these days, having learned from bitter experience, I come to the Euroset with the goal of once again replenishing "Corn".

- Hello, I would like to top up the Corn card - I can already see how the consultant takes a small breath to start the usual offers for deposits, double benefits, etc. but I immediately cut it off: no additional services are needed. He looks at me with a knowing look and clarifies:

— What do you often get offered?

- Yes, not the right word, at best, connect something on the card, at worst - half the assortment of the communication salon.

— Ah, so they probably take you for a mystery shopper. They sometimes come to us. They are, in fact, easy to figure out, they always keep the phone in front of them to record the conversation.

And then I remember that I often hold a smartphone in my hand when I deposit money, the reasons for this are always different, but the fact remains, the phone is always at hand.

The story, of course, is funny and a little stupid, but I decided to share it with you, suddenly one of the readers also does not release a smartphone from hands while replenishing an account in a communication salon?

On the Questionable Importance of the Start Button

I think everyone remembers the mass hysteria when Microsoft just started updating PCs to Windows 8:

Where is the start button?!
— Bring back desktops!
— Who needs these tiles.

Of course, over time, the company listened to each of these complaints, and in the same Windows 10, Start has long been in its rightful place and performs approximately the same functions as in Windows 7.

I recently tested a computer on the "top ten" and asked myself the following question: why do people need the "Start" button so much? In my opinion, there are two common use cases for it:

  1. Open settings and shutdown the computer using this button
  2. Opening applications through the Start menu.

But there are shortcuts for both and the ability to pin important programs to the bottom bar for quick access. It seems to me that opening them with Start is just an outdated habit from ancient versions of Windows.

I think that this button could be nicely replaced with a separate application menu, as is done in OS X, but something tells me that retrogrades are unlikely to appreciate this solution. By the way, in the replies to my tweet below, you can read what our readers write about the scenarios for using Start.

Quick survey: why do you need a Start button on your computer and do you need it at all? Extended answers are welcome :) RT

— Evgeny Vildiaev (@A1daron) November 10, 2015

About desktops

Since we've already mentioned desktops, I'd like to share one more thought with you. I am periodically asked to help fix the computer or see what is wrong with it. In this regard, I often see what is happening on people's desktops. In most cases, there is a complete dump: from coursework drafts and various downloaded songs to family photos and entire films. For a long time I also used the desktop for this, until a friend of mine said that the OS desktop, just like a regular desktop, should be in order. I do not know what made me listen to his words, given that it was a very subjective opinion, but since then I have stopped laying out the entire contents of the computer on the desktop. Now I have separate folders for photos, movies, documents and other files. It's funny, but since then the contents of my hard drive have become more organized.

Mobile environment #69. Do you need a start button?

On Monday, we released a review of an image monitor from Acer, in the comments, some readers drew attention to those shortcomings that I did not attach any importance to at all. The topic seemed interesting to me, so I decided to develop it a bit.

What is the most important thing in a monitor?

To be fair, I would like to first talk about my priorities when choosing a monitor. In the first place for me, of course, is the quality of the picture, I love displays with ultra-high resolution, when each letter is drawn as if with a thin black marker. Initially, such displays were installed in the MacBook Pro Retina, later other laptop manufacturers joined Apple, and monitors with 2k and 4k, respectively, also pulled up a little later. In second place, I would put the appearance, after all, the monitor is an integral part of the interior in most rooms. Agree, it's nice if you have a beautiful thing on your table. The third point I would choose is the convenience of using the built-in menu: to quickly adjust the brightness and volume, there should be separate keys so that you do not have to climb in the wilds of the menu.

As for the tilt angle, I only need a slight tilt, which almost all monitors have. My desk and chair are at the perfect height from each other so that when I place the monitor on my desk, the display is right in front of my eyes, so I don't have to sit hunched over or crane my neck.

The best place for ports for me is the back of the monitor, not the bottom, which is often difficult to access.

To be honest, I was surprised by the number of people who need to constantly turn the monitor up and down or left and right: you have a fixed workplace, you sit on the same chair at the same table (we are talking about home monitor), why should the placement of the monitor constantly change? The second most popular comments were about the terrible appearance of the built-in menu in the Acer S7. I agree, it doesn't look very pretty, but it's not the most frequently used feature. It seems to me that in most cases you have adjusted the brightness, color gamut and other parameters and do not go there anymore.

As part of today's "Mobile Environment", I would like to ask you again, dear readers, what is still important for you when choosing a monitor? What do you pay attention to, and what, on the contrary, are you ready to put up with?

How I was mistaken for a mystery shopper

In one of the issues of Mobile Environment, I talked about my adventures when replenishing a bank card in Euroset / Svyaznoy / MTS. In short, the essence of the problem is that I am constantly offered additional services: some are limited to offers to connect a double benefit to the Corn card, others offer a credit card from MTS, and still others go through the full list: cards, tablets, films, accessories and even multicookers!

And so, one of these days, having learned from bitter experience, I come to the Euroset with the goal of once again replenishing "Corn".

- Hello, I would like to top up the Corn card - I can already see how the consultant takes a small breath to start the usual offers for deposits, double benefits, etc. but I immediately cut it off: no additional services are needed. He looks at me with a knowing look and clarifies:

— What do you often get offered?

- Yes, not the right word, at best, connect something on the card, at worst - half the assortment of the communication salon.

— Ah, so they probably take you for a mystery shopper. They sometimes come to us. They are, in fact, easy to figure out, they always keep the phone in front of them to record the conversation.

And then I remember that I often hold a smartphone in my hand when I deposit money, the reasons for this are always different, but the fact remains, the phone is always at hand.

The story, of course, is funny and a little stupid, but I decided to share it with you, suddenly one of the readers also does not release a smartphone from hands while replenishing an account in a communication salon?

On the dubious importance of the Start button

I think everyone remembers the mass hysteria when Microsoft just started updating PCs to Windows 8:

Where is the start button?!
— Bring back desktops!
— Who needs these tiles.

Of course, over time, the company listened to each of these complaints, and in the same Windows 10, Start has long been in its rightful place and performs approximately the same functions as in Windows 7.

I recently tested a computer on the "top ten" and asked myself the following question: why do people need the "Start" button so much? In my opinion, there are two common use cases for it:

  1. Open settings and shutdown the computer using this button
  2. Opening applications through the Start menu.

But there are shortcuts for both and the ability to pin important programs to the bottom bar for quick access. It seems to me that opening them with Start is just an outdated habit from ancient versions of Windows.

I think that this button could be nicely replaced with a separate application menu, as is done in OS X, but something tells me that retrogrades are unlikely to appreciate this solution. By the way, in the replies to my tweet below, you can read what our readers write about the scenarios for using Start.

Quick survey: why do you need a Start button on your computer and do you need it at all? Extended answers are welcome :) RT

— Evgeny Vildiaev (@A1daron) November 10, 2015

About desktops

Since we've already mentioned desktops, I'd like to share one more thought with you. I am periodically asked to help fix the computer or see what is wrong with it. In this regard, I often see what is happening on people's desktops. In most cases, there is a complete dump: from coursework drafts and various downloaded songs to family photos and entire films. For a long time I also used the desktop for this, until a friend of mine said that the OS desktop, just like a regular desktop, should be in order. I do not know what made me listen to his words, given that it was a very subjective opinion, but since then I have stopped laying out the entire contents of the computer on the desktop. Now I have separate folders for photos, movies, documents and other files. It's funny, but since then the contents of my hard drive have become more organized.

Mobile environment #69. Do you need a start button?

On Monday, we released a review of an image monitor from Acer, in the comments, some readers drew attention to those shortcomings that I did not attach any importance to at all. The topic seemed interesting to me, so I decided to develop it a bit.

What is the most important thing in a monitor?

To be fair, I would like to first talk about my priorities when choosing a monitor. In the first place for me, of course, is the quality of the picture, I love displays with ultra-high resolution, when each letter is drawn as if with a thin black marker. Initially, such displays were installed in the MacBook Pro Retina, later other laptop manufacturers joined Apple, and monitors with 2k and 4k, respectively, also pulled up a little later. In second place, I would put the appearance, after all, the monitor is an integral part of the interior in most rooms. Agree, it's nice if you have a beautiful thing on your table. The third point I would choose is the convenience of using the built-in menu: to quickly adjust the brightness and volume, there should be separate keys so that you do not have to climb in the wilds of the menu.

As for the tilt angle, I only need a slight tilt, which almost all monitors have. My desk and chair are at the perfect height from each other so that when I place the monitor on my desk, the display is right in front of my eyes, so I don't have to sit hunched over or crane my neck.

The best place for ports for me is the back of the monitor, not the bottom, which is often difficult to access.

To be honest, I was surprised by the number of people who need to constantly turn the monitor up and down or left and right: you have a fixed workplace, you sit on the same chair at the same table (we are talking about home monitor), why should the placement of the monitor constantly change? The second most popular comments were about the terrible appearance of the built-in menu in the Acer S7. I agree, it doesn't look very pretty, but it's not the most frequently used feature. It seems to me that in most cases you have adjusted the brightness, color gamut and other parameters and do not go there anymore.

As part of today's "Mobile Environment", I would like to ask you again, dear readers, what is still important for you when choosing a monitor? What do you pay attention to, and what, on the contrary, are you ready to put up with?

How I was mistaken for a mystery shopper

In one of the issues of Mobile Environment, I talked about my adventures when replenishing a bank card in Euroset / Svyaznoy / MTS. In short, the essence of the problem is that I am constantly offered additional services: some are limited to offers to connect a double benefit to the Corn card, others offer a credit card from MTS, and still others go through the full list: cards, tablets, films, accessories and even multicookers!

And so, one of these days, having learned from bitter experience, I come to the Euroset with the goal of once again replenishing "Corn".

- Hello, I would like to top up the Corn card - I can already see how the consultant takes a small breath to start the usual offers for deposits, double benefits, etc. but I immediately cut it off: no additional services are needed. He looks at me with a knowing look and clarifies:

— What do you often get offered?

- Yes, not the right word, at best, connect something on the card, at worst - half the assortment of the communication salon.

— Ah, so they probably take you for a mystery shopper. They sometimes come to us. They are, in fact, easy to figure out, they always keep the phone in front of them to record the conversation.

And then I remember that I often hold a smartphone in my hand when I deposit money, the reasons for this are always different, but the fact remains, the phone is always at hand.

The story, of course, is funny and a little stupid, but I decided to share it with you, suddenly one of the readers also does not release a smartphone from hands while replenishing an account in a communication salon?

On the Questionable Importance of the Start Button

I think everyone remembers the mass hysteria when Microsoft just started updating PCs to Windows 8:

Where is the start button?!
— Bring back desktops!
— Who needs these tiles.

Of course, over time, the company listened to each of these complaints, and in the same Windows 10, Start has long been in its rightful place and performs approximately the same functions as in Windows 7.

I recently tested a computer on the "top ten" and asked myself the following question: why do people need the "Start" button so much? In my opinion, there are two common use cases for it:

  1. Open settings and shutdown the computer using this button
  2. Opening applications through the Start menu.

But there are shortcuts for both and the ability to pin important programs to the bottom bar for quick access. It seems to me that opening them with Start is just an outdated habit from ancient versions of Windows.

I think that this button could be nicely replaced with a separate application menu, as is done in OS X, but something tells me that retrogrades are unlikely to appreciate this solution. By the way, in the replies to my tweet below, you can read what our readers write about the scenarios for using Start.

Quick survey: why do you need a Start button on your computer and do you need it at all? Extended answers are welcome :) RT

— Evgeny Vildiaev (@A1daron) November 10, 2015

About desktops

Since we've already mentioned desktops, I'd like to share one more thought with you. I am periodically asked to help fix the computer or see what is wrong with it. In this regard, I often see what is happening on people's desktops. In most cases, there is a complete dump: from coursework drafts and various downloaded songs to family photos and entire films. For a long time I also used the desktop for this, until a friend of mine said that the OS desktop, just like a regular desktop, should be in order. I do not know what made me listen to his words, given that it was a very subjective opinion, but since then I have stopped laying out the entire contents of the computer on the desktop. Now I have separate folders for photos, movies, documents and other files. It's funny, but since then the contents of my hard drive have become more organized.

Mobile environment #69. Do you need a start button?

On Monday, we released a review of an image monitor from Acer, in the comments, some readers drew attention to those shortcomings that I did not attach any importance to at all. The topic seemed interesting to me, so I decided to develop it a bit.

What is the most important thing in a monitor?

To be fair, I would like to first talk about my priorities when choosing a monitor. In the first place for me, of course, is the quality of the picture, I love displays with ultra-high resolution, when each letter is drawn as if with a thin black marker. Initially, such displays were installed in the MacBook Pro Retina, later other laptop manufacturers joined Apple, and monitors with 2k and 4k, respectively, also pulled up a little later. In second place, I would put the appearance, after all, the monitor is an integral part of the interior in most rooms. Agree, it's nice if you have a beautiful thing on your table. The third point I would choose is the convenience of using the built-in menu: to quickly adjust the brightness and volume, there should be separate keys so that you do not have to climb in the wilds of the menu.

As for the tilt angle, I only need a slight tilt, which almost all monitors have. My desk and chair are at the perfect height from each other so that when I place the monitor on my desk, the display is right in front of my eyes, so I don't have to sit hunched over or crane my neck.

The best place for ports for me is the back of the monitor, not the bottom, which is often difficult to access.

To be honest, I was surprised by the number of people who need to constantly turn the monitor up and down or left and right: you have a fixed workplace, you sit on the same chair at the same table (we are talking about home monitor), why should the placement of the monitor constantly change? The second most popular comments were about the terrible appearance of the built-in menu in the Acer S7. I agree, it doesn't look very pretty, but it's not the most frequently used feature. It seems to me that in most cases you have adjusted the brightness, color gamut and other parameters and do not go there anymore.

As part of today's "Mobile Environment", I would like to ask you again, dear readers, what is still important for you when choosing a monitor? What do you pay attention to, and what, on the contrary, are you ready to put up with?

How I was mistaken for a mystery shopper

In one of the issues of Mobile Environment, I talked about my adventures when replenishing a bank card in Euroset / Svyaznoy / MTS. In short, the essence of the problem is that I am constantly offered additional services: some are limited to offers to connect a double benefit to the Corn card, others offer a credit card from MTS, and still others go through the full list: cards, tablets, films, accessories and even multicookers!

And so, one of these days, having learned from bitter experience, I come to the Euroset with the goal of once again replenishing "Corn".

- Hello, I would like to top up the Corn card - I can already see how the consultant takes a small breath to start the usual offers for deposits, double benefits, etc. but I immediately cut it off: no additional services are needed. He looks at me with a knowing look and clarifies:

— What do you often get offered?

- Yes, not the right word, at best, connect something on the card, at worst - half the assortment of the communication salon.

— Ah, so they probably take you for a mystery shopper. They sometimes come to us. They are, in fact, easy to figure out, they always keep the phone in front of them to record the conversation.

And then I remember that I often hold a smartphone in my hand when I deposit money, the reasons for this are always different, but the fact remains, the phone is always at hand.

The story, of course, is funny and a little stupid, but I decided to share it with you, what if one of the readers also does not let go of the smartphone while replenishing the account in the mobile store?

The story, of course, is funny and a little stupid, but I decided to share it with you, suddenly one of the readers also does not release a smartphone from hands while replenishing an account in a communication salon?

On the dubious importance of the Start button

I think everyone remembers the mass hysteria when Microsoft just started updating PCs to Windows 8:

Where is the start button?! Bring back desktops! — Who needs these tiles.

Of course, over time, the company listened to each of these complaints, and in the same Windows 10, Start has long been in its rightful place and performs approximately the same functions as in Windows 7.

I recently tested a computer on the "top ten" and asked myself the following question: why do people need the "Start" button so much? In my opinion, there are two common use cases for it:

  1. Open settings and shutdown the computer using this button
  2. Opening applications through the Start menu.

But there are shortcuts for both and the ability to pin important programs to the bottom bar for quick access. It seems to me that opening them with Start is just an outdated habit from ancient versions of Windows.

I think that this button could be nicely replaced with a separate application menu, as is done in OS X, but something tells me that retrogrades are unlikely to appreciate this solution. By the way, in the replies to my tweet below, you can read what our readers write about the scenarios for using Start.

Quick survey: why do you need a Start button on your computer and do you need it at all? Extended answers are welcome :) RT

— Evgeny Vildiaev (@A1daron) November 10, 2015

About desktops

Since we've already mentioned desktops, I'd like to share one more thought with you. I am periodically asked to help fix the computer or see what is wrong with it. In this regard, I often see what is happening on people's desktops. In most cases, there is a complete dump: from coursework drafts and various downloaded songs to family photos and entire films. For a long time I also used the desktop for this, until a friend of mine said that the OS desktop, just like a regular desktop, should be in order. I do not know what made me listen to his words, given that it was a very subjective opinion, but since then I have stopped laying out the entire contents of the computer on the desktop. Now I have separate folders for photos, movies, documents and other files. It's funny, but since then the contents of my hard drive have become more organized.