View Poll Results: Is the smooth/cartoon look of XP enjoyable?

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Windows XP (and Vista) shiney look and feel

This is a discussion on Windows XP (and Vista) shiney look and feel within the A Brief History of Cprogramming.com forums, part of the Community Boards category; Yeah, because leaving the default automatically makes you gay and turns your boxers into tutus. x 4 bajillion...

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    Yeah, because leaving the default automatically makes you gay and turns your boxers into tutus.

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    yep... that's exactly what happened to a friend of mine... he is like super gay now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian
    You're going to get a biased result since programmers generally prefer functionality to looks.
    I cannot see how the blue theme would be any less functional than 2000's theme. It is only a matter of looks, not looks vs. functionality.
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    The functionality I refer to comes from the blended/smoothed look of the interface. Although an older application is "uglier", it is usually immediately obvious which parts of the window you can interface with (i.e. click, drag, whatever). I can't find a better word than blended to describe the GUI of many new applications. Somethings that appear to be buttons are actually sprites, and vice versa. Its minor, buts its still an annoyance that I don't need.

    And I never mentioned anything about system performance in relation to the animated features, I merely meant that even waiting 1/2 second for my menu to fade in is precisely one half second longer than it should take. My menus used to take 1/2 second to "fade in" on my 286 laptop running Windows 3.1. And I'll just clarify that I don't feel a single bit of nostalgia on that aspect of those days gone by.

    As far as default theme go (someone asked), XP Pro has only 3, same as the Home version.

    Everyone is talking about 2000's theme. I've just realised that I've never even sat at a 2000 box once. I jumped straight from 98 to XP seeing as how I disdained everything ME and 2000 had to offer. I'm assuming it had the same style as 98 then?

    Yeah, because leaving the default automatically makes you gay and turns your boxers into tutus.
    I hate when that happens. It's sooo hard to explain to the girlfriend.

    I was another that turned all the gimmicks off as soon as I installed XP. I run with the classic windows shape using the "Desert" colour scheme as I find it less contrasty which tends to make my eyes ache.
    I should try that as I do occasionally have the same problem. The biggest relief for me was switching my monitor to an LCD screen. So much nicer on the eyes, I'll never ever go back to anything else.
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    I'll have to admit I use XP's default theme. No classic look here. Reminds me too much of those dreaded BSOD's.

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    I use XP's theme with the silver instead of blue, I hate the classic theme.
    Hmm

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    Surprisingly, the XP theme isn't as slow as I thought it would be. I find it quite nice compared to the Classic look, now that I can use it at a responsive rate.
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    I got Beta 1 for Vista in the mail the other day

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    Wow lucky (not that you got Vista, but that you can run it). You must write a review for it
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    vista is a lot more than just a new interface, but they surely haven't done a lot of work on the microkernel.

    I can't stand the windows xp look, I patch my uxtheme and use neotheme to install new themes. Before I did that though, I always used 2k style, the xp stuff just looks really, really stupid. I also turn off all the extra junk on the left side such as create new folder etc. Gives me more room for useful info like timestamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sang-drax
    I cannot see how the blue theme would be any less functional than 2000's theme. It is only a matter of looks, not looks vs. functionality.
    Well the blue theme requires for the themes service to be running. I don't know about you but I'm not a fan of unecessary background processes.

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