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#1 Scraggles

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 22:25

I'm noticing that customization now is nothing like it was 10 years ago. Things like ObjectDock are all but extinct.

 

Am I missing something? Windows still has plenty to improve upon with add-ons. Where did they all go?




#2 +Seahorsepip

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 22:28

Objectdock still exist so does stardock the company behind it.

What do you have in mind? Most things are possible these days.

#3 shozilla

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 22:30

Still there.. 

 

Such as WindowBlinds, Litestep, etc.



#4 vetsanctified

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 22:32

It's not dead, but it's fairly inconsequential and time wasting. GUI's are now quite stable and logical, so I just want to work. And this is coming from the one who wrote all of Neowin's customization guides in the past.



#5 OP Scraggles

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 22:39

Its crazy. Windows users used to be completely unique. Everyones desktop looked different. My computer at home FELT like a completely different machine than my computer at work. Now... all windows 8 machines feel like the same thing... Sort of how all iPhones are identical.



#6 vetsanctified

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 22:41

Its crazy. Windows users used to be completely unique. Everyones desktop looked different. My computer at home FELT like a completely different machine than my computer at work. Now... all windows 8 machines feel like the same thing... Sort of how all iPhones are identical.

 

It's true and I do feel nostalgic about those days. I suppose that once you start using your computer for real work the GUI takes a step back. Now I'm convinced that a good GUI is the one that feels invisible.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 22:47

I believe you can still use Rainmeter on Windows 8 and programs like start8. Plus while you can change the accent color and start screen color on Windows, I seem to recall that OSX won't even let you change the dock's color without an application. iOS won't let you customize icon sizes either.



#8 OP Scraggles

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 22:52

Sucks :( We all used to be so... individual. We're becoming the lemmings they wanted us to be. The internet is a ###### place lately.



#9 perochan

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 22:55

OSX has Geektool. That is about it.



#10 nvllsvm

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 23:00

I stopped spending a lot of time customizing due to sane defaults and the amount of time I've saved from sticking close to stock. 



#11 duoi

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 23:09

I think the biggest part of the problem was that, for me at least, it resulted in instability. Once the "coolness" wore off, all you're left with is something that is only 90% as stable as it could be.

 

That, and the Start Menu changes in Windows 7 really ended any point for customization. The only real useful accessory these days is Bins, and even its usefulness is questionable.



#12 OP Scraggles

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 17:14

I think the biggest part of the problem was that, for me at least, it resulted in instability. Once the "coolness" wore off, all you're left with is something that is only 90% as stable as it could be.

 

That, and the Start Menu changes in Windows 7 really ended any point for customization. The only real useful accessory these days is Bins, and even its usefulness is questionable.

I still customize my desktop. Not for coolness, but for functionality. I want 100% of my screen for my work if possible. So I go with the most minimalist approach possible. Small Icons. Hidden taskbar. 



#13 Max Norris

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 17:18

Eh it's still totally doable, for me the novelty wore off years ago for the most part. I still use a different visual style and icon set, never happy with the out of the box look from any OS yet, and occasionally a launcher replacement, but that's about it. No more extra bars/docks (taskbar does it all now), RainMeter/Samurize (got an LCD panel for that never mind you can't actually see it while you're working), visual effects (meh, cute for showing off but zero practicality), multiple desktops (multiple monitors are way more useful), Explorer extensions (it's good now, this isn't XP anymore), widgets (is it 2003 again?) etc etc.

Community is still alive and well though, just look on DeviantArt/etc, still plenty of activity.

#14 Jason S.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 17:21

i used to be all about customization with XP and Vista. These days, as i get older, i dont care anymore. i just want to use the OS and get the work done.



#15 elenarie

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 17:30

I like to customise the OS as much as I like to look at it, as in, I don't. It is all about content, who cares how an OS looks like. If it wasn't there to serve me the content, it wouldn't have existed in the first place.