I believe this to be a misunderstanding of the press out for W8. They are simply promoting the fact that you can now have HTML+JS+CSS as first-class apps. They don't seem to be deprecating support for native or .NET based development.
I have had my new Macbook Air for about 3 weeks now, I am primarily a Windows developer. Let me tell you something, after 3 weeks with Lion (with VMWare Fusion for Visual Studio) I am fairly positive I will never buy or make a PC again.
I cannot explain this, these are things I never thought I would even think let alone say. The laptop boots the Android emulator and runs eclipse much faster than my primary pc which is a i7 tri-channel w/24gb ram.
The gestures and infinite desktops on Lion make it so much more usable than a default Windows machine or any other Linux variant I use.
I just wanted to chime in since you said
>decide I didn't like it or Mac
Which, trust me, if you care about productivity or are amazed by superior resource management, not liking it would simply be an unjust bias coming to fruition.
> The laptop boots the Android emulator and runs eclipse much faster than my primary pc which is a i7 tri-channel w/24gb ram.
Which is... odd. I bought an Air in December, and stopped using it (gave it to a family member) because I couldn't stand how slow it was compared to my hand-built Windows desktop. I'm talking ~10 seconds after waking from sleep before it would even recognise that I was typing on the keyboard, and persistent beachballing whenever I had too many tabs or a VM open (again, for Visual Studio). The gestures were nice, but they're nothing my multi-button mouse didn't solve.
I'm not saying your experiences are wrong, but... it's strange to see someone make the same transition that I did, only to have the opposite result.
I rarely have fewer than 40 tabs open... I usually have about 80-110 but I would like to bring it down to about 60 or so though. Tree Style Tabs makes it easy to gather up tabs but when it comes time to delete them I hesitate or they're hidden under a top tree node where it would take too much time to clean it up.
I think I just found an extension that could replace Tree Style Tabs. I was looking for something like this last month didn't see it. This puts the Tab Groups in the sidebar. .
What I like about this extension is that the tree would only allowed to get 1 level deep. With Tree Style Tabs, many tabs I don't want anymore can hide under a top tree node. Also, it looks like it will play well with Tab Mix Plus and I can keep the top tab bar.
I have tons of tabs open mostly because I hate the back button. Every time I open any new page it goes in a new tab. Any time a page will be relevant for more than the next five minutes, it gets moved to the front or back of my list (depending if it's for business or pleasure). If it might be interesting, it floats in the middle, otherwise it gets closed.
Admittedly this is probably a strange way of working with the web, but I like to be able to easily find things that I've been working on recently. Only at the end of the day do I fully scan through my tabs and bookmark anything I'll need to reference later.
I sincerely did not know about the tree-style tabbed browsing feature. I attribute this to my initial apprehension in adopting tabbed browsing to begin with, thanks for the info!
I also think this has a lot to do with browsing style as well. For purposes like my own I rarely need to have more than 5-10 pages actively open. I make extensive use of bookmarks and generally group my tabs in separate windows for organization purposes.
With tree-style tabs (a fantastic Firefox extension) opening large amounts of tabs becomes more common because you can manage different lines of thought, and everything else sort of collapses down. I commonly have about 100 tabs open.
I could understand a tree-style view to help categorize, I will have to check that out as it sounds very nice.
I was asking from a perspective of standard tabbed browsing that doesn't have a form of organization like this; IMHO under such circumstance so many tabs would be unmanageable or confusing at very best.
There are many true facts that are not important or relevant to the subject at hand. This strikes me as semantic quibbling, and slightly deceptive in that the term "democracy" is used for more than just direct democracy. That definition completely ignores the idea of a representative democracy. But I'm jot sure it really matters that much to the bigger picture which is more painstakingly accurate.
It's not a "fact" since, as your link acknowledges, it's nothing more than a pedantic and rather archaic take on the word "democracy", as if only the Ancient Greek view of the world matters. Here's a modern definition http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/democracy
A democracy is mob rule where minorities can't win unless they persuade the majority. A republic (we're a democratic republic) elects a moral governing body (congress) to make informed moral decisions. Only part f their decisions are based on the whims of the public. In theory, the rest should be based on expert witnesses from all sides of any issue (hence why people testify in congress). This allows for immoral majorities to be shut down and vice versa.
"Android Pummels Apple and Blackberry in Smartphone Supremacy Race" is a bit disingenuous when you look at periods when apple did not release a new phone (when most of their sales occur) nor compare the actual platform (iOS) which all three providers now have a tablet form of (Playbook, Honeycomb, iPad).
I find it histrionic and misleading. It's saying "Guy murdered in knife fight" to find out the one guy walked up and stabbed him during a short afternoon nap, and oh, he's not dead, just still in bed.