[maemo-users] OS2008 Damn ugly!!!

From: DrFredC.com drfredc at drfredc.com
Date: Thu Dec 27 18:37:06 EET 2007
James Knott wrote:
> DrFredC.com wrote:
>> James Knott wrote:
>>> Now that I've installed OS2008, how do I get it to look acceptable?  The
>>> current screen, no matter what theme I select is damn ugly and makes me
>>> want to go back to OS2007.  Is there any way to restore the appearance
>>> of OS2007 to replace this crap???
>>     For starters, rather than ranting up a stinkola, you might take 
>> things into your own hands and create several background pictures in 
>> 400x240 format that looks attractive to you and rotate them into the 
>> home page background.  In 08OS, many of the home page apps have a 
>> partially transparent mode that lets the background bleed thru.  After 
>> working with it for a while, you might grow fond of the customizable 
>> evolution.
>>     Also, just because the new home screen is different doesn't make it 
>> ugly.  Everything is in constant evolution.  If you give things a few 
>> weeks/months, some other themes may appear.  You may or may not like 
>> them when they arrive.  Given your splatting your extreme negativity all 
>> over this list, I'd not expect a lot of warm fuzzy support from 
>> developers listening to any of your critiques of their work. 
> It's not the different home screen. It the horrible choice of colors
> etc. Have you tried the all black hand writing input? Do you think that
> looks nice? It may not be polite, but crap is crap. The OS2007 looked
> much nicer.
IMHO, I've never had the time to mess around with handwriting input in the various touch screen devices I've had.  The stylus, screen keypad, or attached keypad has always worked fine for me.  Others, such as yourself, apparently find the black handwriting work fine.  OK, no big -- perhaps when I get a window of time, I'll give it a try.

As for looks, my first impression of the 2008 home page was, hmm, it's a bit different -- not many options so far -- oh well.  Like most, I've adapted to it's little quirks and newness.   The color schemes aren't as important to me as improved functionality and I've come to like the option of providing and switching home page backgrounds to my match my mood.  

Give things some time, and it's likely that more themes may appear that better suit your tastes.  Your habit of continuing to call something that is new as "ugly" in a largely user supported world (who may generally feel differently) isn't likely to help your cause. 

 Some tablet geekoid, finding a few moments to tweek some code for OS08 has lots of choices of things to work on --  "I'll spend some time working on restoring some old themes so some AH can call my work ugly for hardly no reason" ain't likely to be real high on anyone's list of interesting things to do...  The tablets are largely geek user supported devices -- talk nice to folks and you might actually get something close to what you want...  Either that, or stop complaining and fix it  yourself...  then share your work with the rest of us so we can call it ugly...  :)

 BTW, if you really want to experience a new OS that truly sucks, get a copy of Windows Vista.  You'll have plenty of company when it comes to openly lamblasting MS's newest perversion of an OS.  It's basically the world's largest computer virus -- your next PC comes hopelessly infected right out of the box...  How MS get paid for selling that kind of crap is beyond me...   It's the best thing that's ever happened to Linux and the Mac.  

Always, Dr Fred C
drfredc at drfredc.com

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