I got my Windows 10 upgrade and as of late I’ve been spending most of my time checking it out and playing with it. It’s definitely better than the disaster that Windows 8 turned out to be. The “live tiles” thing still doesn’t resonate with me though. The only one I have up still is the weather one. I do like the ability to create your own tiles and resize them. It makes it easier to create categories and then show level of importance in them based on the size of said tiles. Though the icons don’t seem to follow through well enough with the idea. They’re too small and they don’t take up enough space on the tiles. Also, I’d be much happier if you could control the size and shape of link tiles beyond simply having two size options. Being able to make my start menu look like a game of Tetris would be really cool.
And why, if I pin a link to a folder containing pictures to my star menu, don’t I have the ability to set that tile to cycle through those pictures? There is a tile that will do that but it’s a designated photo tile. I don’t keep all my pictures in one place though so why should that functionality be locked to one tile?
Then there’s the lack of ability to pin tiles to the desktop. I’d probably use more of them if that were possible. I don’t want a huge start menu. Being able to put secondary tiles on the desktop that I don’t want or need to see whenever I open the start menu would be great, and somewhat make up for them axing gadgets for no real reason.
Now don’t get me wrong, gadgets weren’t all that amazing to begin with but at least they were more functional than live tiles are. They could actually do thing outside of simply displaying information. Live tiles are good for quick information. Gadgets were good for quick activities. I don’t understand why they couldn’t blend the best of both of them and come up with something even better. I know that they pulled gadgets because of a “security issue” but the reality is that their reasoning for pulling gadgets would pretty much cover blocking the ability to download or install a program from, well, anywhere. The gadgets themselves weren’t dangerous. It was that people could write them to do malicious things, just like any other program. It’s sad that they threw them away so easily and replaced them with such a limited alternative.
I did find a way to get them back though. I have a few gadgets running on my desktop right now. They even seem to work better, run more smoothly, and take up less resources than I remember them doing on my Windows 7 desktop. There’s apparently a couple places you can get them from. I got mine from here:
There was no junk or spamware that came with it. It simply installed the default gadgets that originally came with Windows and integrated it into my system like they had always been. Not a single problem so far. Now I’m busy hunting down other gadgets, though that site has quite a number of them as well. Microsoft sucks when it comes to maintaining, well, pretty much anything.
Okay, enough whining. I’m actually on the trail of some new gadget sites. Hopefully I’ll find something extra cool. And what is this xWidgets thing that I just ran across?