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Widescreen and Computers Philosophy

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by crispygoat, Oct 16, 2009.


  1. crispygoat

    crispygoat Guest

    Aug 22, 2006
    London, Ontario
    Philosophy... it's a matter of opinion more than a theory but still!

    With the new taskbar in Windows 7, Mac OS' Dock and Widescreen monitors, I've come to believe that the taskbar should be on either side instead of the bottom. What do you think?

    My points are that, back then, with Windows 95/98 and XP it was only right to put it at the bottom because monitors weren't built wider and the when you minimized it was in the form of text instead of icons. But now that it's not text anymore and we have widescreen monitors why should it be at the bottom other than the fact that it has always been there?

    Why not use the extra space for the taskbar?

    The most used applications are vertically designed too! Browsers, Word, Excel... So instead of using unnecessary space on the sides, and having to scroll more often, why not put it on the side?

    hmm... maybe I should go back to my homework!

    For those who don't know, it looks like this:

    [​IMG]
     
  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    autohide is your friend
     
  3. crispygoat

    crispygoat Guest

    Aug 22, 2006
    London, Ontario
    I never liked autohide on Windows... it feels buggy. I don't mind the dock's autohide though.
     
  4. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I've used it since win2k... I make my taskbar double high and autohide it.

    Here is my new Win7 desktop with my taskbar exposed
    desktop.
     
  5. bui

    bui

    Feb 24, 2009
    Texas
  6. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I've seen people do it, it's just strange to me. I've been using Auto-Hide since Win 95.

    Even using it on my Macbook Pro.
     
  7. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I was using MacOS Classic (7.1 thru 9.2) prior to getting my first office supplied windows laptop in 2000... but seeing it on win98 was what made me try it on win2k.
     
  8. crispygoat

    crispygoat Guest

    Aug 22, 2006
    London, Ontario
    but it does look better on the right...

    [​IMG]






    ... Yes, I want a '60s oly white p bass :atoz:
     
  9. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    nope... not for me. I played with it on the right and left auto-hide and not for a while, I like it at the bottom.

    If you are concerned with screen height, you could always spin it 90 degrees. A few of the code guys at the office do that with their second monitor.
     
  10. UncleFluffy

    UncleFluffy

    Mar 8, 2009
    California
    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    I've been moving my taskbar to the left-hand side for about eight years now... it's completely configurable.
     
  11. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Same here. I really like the Windows 7 taskbar.

    -Mike
     
  12. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    i use the dock on my mac's down low. i run numerous VM's on my mac's and even they have the task bar down low. it's just how i roll.
     
  13. Meyatch

    Meyatch Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    Pennsylvania
    dude, you can just click on it and drag it to the side
     
  14. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Still doesn't mean we want to... :spit:
     
  15. L-A

    L-A

    Jul 17, 2008
    Eh?
    I like it on the left, at the bottom.

    With auto-hide, since I work with Adobe toolbars on both sides.

    I'm on a 15.4" widescreen laptop, and I feel like I have all the real estate I need. I'd still love a second monitor, though :p
     
  16. FWIW, I use the Vista style taskbar on 7. The 7 version is too... big!
     
  17. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    seriously, you know how much of an apple fanboi i am, but i can't wait till one of my prof's (i'm doing info sec in college) gives us our copy.. i'll happily run it in my VM (virtual box)..

    in fact, our treasurer of our info sec/comp forensics class is having an official windows 7 party next sat!! :D i'm getting a free tote bag :D
     
  18. Too bad it's not a Snuggie, freak.
     
  19. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I'll probably be dual booting my MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard and Windows 7 as well.
     
  20. UncleFluffy

    UncleFluffy

    Mar 8, 2009
    California
    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    I've been using windows since 2.0. Never upgrade until the first service pack is out. Let other people do the testing.
     

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