The Internet as we know it came into being in the early 1980s, but it wasn’t until the World Wide Web was born that it entered into mainstream consciousness. Now, the Internet is available almost everywhere, and it can be accessed through such a wide range of devices it would be impossible to list them all here.
We all take the Internet somewhat for granted these days, but it wasn’t so long ago when we would have taken our first tentative steps onto this world-changing technology. Do you remember your first time? We sincerely hope so, because that’s the subject of this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.
Windows Haxors FTW!
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Which Windows Subjects Should We Cover More?”
Out of a total of 1,481 votes, 2.3% chose Windows XP Forever, 11.3% chose Windows 7 & Windows Vista, 11.1% chose Windows 8 Modern Interface & Apps, 18.4% chose Windows 8 For Desktop Users, 25.3% chose Windows Software & Tools, 29% chose Windows Hacks & Tricks, and 2.7% chose Other.
These results almost formed a perfect upwards trend, but the slightly higher percentage of people interested in Windows 7 than Windows 8 apps destroyed the symmetry. Still, this poll shows that despite the outcry over Microsoft killing Windows XP, most Windows advocates are much more interested in the more recent operating systems.
Windows Hacks & Tricks was the clear winner, and that comes as no great surprise. These are, after all, the hidden shortcuts and workarounds that make the difference between Windows being a pain to use and being a joy to use. The more you know about how Windows works, the better Windows works for you. It should be noted that the same is also true of Mac OS X and all flavors of Linux, but that’s why MakeUseOf covers all of these subjects and more besides.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Dwayne, Chrissy Roberts, and Peter F. Comment Of The Week goes to Sudeepto D, who won with this comment:
I would like to request MakeUseOf team to cover more on Windows hacks and tricks focussed mostly on Windows 8 / Windows 8.1.
I am stressing on Windows 8/8.1 because these two versions are right now being sold by MS and there is a large group of people who has this conviction that Windows 8/8.1 is not focussed for Desktop Users.
I first dabbled with customer preview a couple of years back and I really despised the look and feel of Windows and was scared about its future. It was not meant for desktop users at all.
Windows 7 felt much more smoother at that time and I thought I would probably skip this version just like Windows Vista . But I was wrong!!
Yes Windows 8 was initially wasn’t good but with time and many requests (complaints maybe), MS has started paying heed to their desktop users as well.
I don’t use Windows 8.1 as I am a Ubuntu user. But there are times when I need to use some Windows specific softwares.
I want MakeUseOf Team to regularly provide articles that discuss the good points of Windows 8/8.1 , like the power menu, the enhanced search functionality etc.
You guys could post an articles on weekends describing some cool hacks and tricks that many Windows 8/8.1 users don’t know.
Rumour has it that MS has finally accepted to include the START MENU in their next iteration of OS i.e. Windows 9.
Thank You .
Do You Remember Your First Time?
As outlined in the lede above, this week’s MakeUseOf Poll is all about your first time online. You don’t need to be too specific, but we would like to find out roughly when most of our readership joined the interconnected throng that now spans the world. So, when did you first access the Internet?
We’ve left the poll quite vague in case you can’t recall the exact details, but we suspect most of you will be able to pinpoint the year when you first headed online. If you have a keen memory then please feel free to fill us in on the details in the comments section below. We’re particularly interested in what country you live in (we promise not to stalk you), what age you were when you first went online, and which device you used to do so.
We really appreciate every single person who takes part in our weekly polls, as they allow us to get a vague sense of what kind of people are reading MakeUseOf on a regular basis. And remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week. Which surely makes it all worthwhile!
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