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Last week we wondered if you’ve already upgraded your system to Windows 8.1 Have You Upgraded to Windows 8.1? [MakeUseOf Poll] Have You Upgraded to Windows 8.1? [MakeUseOf Poll] If you thought people were mad at Windows 8, just Google "Windows 8.1". On the other hand, Windows 8.1 does bring some nice features to the table. Have YOU upgraded? Read More . While the poll itself had a winning answer with an overwhelming result, I recommend reading last week’s comments for some useful and entertaining advice.

1,008 people voted in this poll, out of which 4% don’t use Windows at all; 35% have not yet upgraded to Windows 8.1; and 61% have upgraded to the (shall I say hated?) Windows 8.1. Perhaps 8.1 is not that hated and horrible after all?

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Comment Of The Week

As I’ve mentioned above, last week’s comment are a goldmine, and if you’re debating whether to upgrade or not, take the time to read them. It was a hard choice, but the winner of last week’s best comment is M. Scott Adams, who took the time to tell us his thoughts about Windows 8.1 and the Modern interface in general, and also mentioned where this interface actually shines. For this comment Have You Upgraded to Windows 8.1? [MakeUseOf Poll] Have You Upgraded to Windows 8.1? [MakeUseOf Poll] If you thought people were mad at Windows 8, just Google "Windows 8.1". On the other hand, Windows 8.1 does bring some nice features to the table. Have YOU upgraded? Read More , M Scott Adams wins a free MakeUseOf t-shirt:

I first made the upgrade when 8.1 was still in beta, and then immediately after its stable release.

First, a note for anyone thinking about making the switch: I received a notice before upgrading that doing so would delete all of my ‘apps,’ which I took to mean ‘Windows 8 apps.’ No. It meant ‘all of my previously installed software,’ which- as an incredibly customized user with everything just so- represented a humongous time investment of meticulously set software. Beware.

Back when Windows 8 was first introduced, I was hesitant to jump on the bandwagon of detractors, because people tend to complain about all changes in technology (and most advances). As such, I’ve given the OS a good, solid chance. While 8.1 makes a number of minor improvements (greater customization of the Start Screen, for instance), it still feels like an lanky, awkward teenager: not quite a child, and not quite grown up. The discontinuity in its personalities (desktop vs. “Modern”) is jarring, and not especially pleasant. Like many users, I’ve dispensed with most of the “Modern” functionality altogether; I even designed a Start Menu replacement- Iridium for Rainmeter & AutoHotkey- which you should Google and then download and then create skins for.

I have to admit, though, that I haven’t really used Windows 8 in its natural milieu: the tablet. I own a Lenovo X230 convertible tablet, but I use it almost exclusively as a laptop. I’ve seen Windows 8 running on Surfaces at shopping malls, and I have to admit that it looks pretty swell. I can only imagine that the improvements ushered in by 8.1 are even better in their intended settings.

Will You One Day Buy A Google Glass?

Love our t-shirts? The best comment in this poll will get one of our geeky t-shirts. That’s right, for free! So get commenting!

We recently had the chance to review the Google Glass Google Glass Review and Giveaway Google Glass Review and Giveaway We were lucky enough to get a pair of Google Glass to review, and we're giving it away! Read More , and while one of you lucky chums won it for free, the rest of us remain Google Glass-less. Is that the way you want it to be, or are you planning on getting yourself these futuristic glasses at some point? Does it depend on the price? Or do you hate the concept so much you’ll never even consider it?

Share your pros and cons for buying Google Glass. What are your thoughts about the concept? What would you do with it if you had it?

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  1. John
    February 5, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Never going to buy Google Glass as it exists now, but as soon as it's integrated into some regular, non-douchey looking glasses, I'll be sorely tempted.

  2. Nathanael
    February 3, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    There is no denying how useful Google Glass is and could be. As technology gets better and better and Google keeps snapping up companies left and right, I can totally see this product becoming mainstream. I cannot see anything wrong with the device. People are so absorbed in privacy these days, and I cannot wrap my head around why that is so. If you are not doing anything wrong, don't be so afraid of being recorded! People seem to have that problem with Google Glass. Despite that, there are MANY pros to Glass. For example: Say you take a trip to Spain with your spouse. You want to go to a restaurant, but since you do not speak the language, you must find your own way. Don't grab a map- just say "ok glass, take me to 'restaurant name'". Or, if you need an emergency call but you were in a car accident, just ask Glass to do it for you. I plan on getting Glass immediately after it is available, no matter how high the price tag since there is no denying the benefits to it. I can cope with people's privacy demands as well- if I was recording and they did not want to be recorded, I would turn them off.

    The only problem I can see is in education. There is a big probability of cheating with Glass, as you could take pictures of the material and scroll through them in class. As a teacher, I am concerned with that, and I would NOT allow Glass to exist in my classroom. As for others, so be it. They can have their own rules.

    To sum it up, as I know this is getting long, I think Glass is a great device, and as tech advances so will Glass and other wearables. I currently own a Pebble smart watch and love it. I can only imagine how much better Google could do it, despite the cons people have found.

  3. Finn
    February 3, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Well, I always loved the concept of glasses like that since I was a kid, so for me buying one of these would be making one of my childhood dreams come true :) Nothing about being douche and showing off. Actually if there is only one thing that bothers me, it's going outside with glasses. I would be affraid that someone would rob me or had a problem with me wearing them :P Especially at the beginning, when glasses won't be as popular as smartphones. But other than that - yeah, I'd love to have such glasses. I also want Oculus Rift and I have a big hope that Glass and Rift are the direction where the technology is going to. I just love the idea of augmented and virtual reality. I hope I will be still alive to see more and more cool stuff like that. Too bad we live only like for 70-80 years ;P

  4. Jo-anne P
    February 3, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I am 54 so I am old and have nothing to lose.. Heck yes I admit I want it.. I officially offer myself as guinea pig number 1 for a 20 year study!

  5. Katherine A
    February 3, 2014 at 2:17 am

    If I could afford laser surgery, I'd fix my eyesight pronto. Wearing glasses is a pain. So I want to wear these goofy Google goggles because... They'd help me... Never mind. Just because we have the technology doesn't mean we want OR need it.

  6. Lou
    February 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I keep hoping they will test it on people with vision issues, like macular degeneration.
    I suspect there could be actual social and quality of life benefits for those people. Toss in some way of signaling user is sight challenged (white cane?) for the rest of us and you're good to go. Of course, not a huge pool so there is little chance of making obscene amount of money.
    Given the vast majority seem incapable of multi-tasking (can't text and walk, text and chew gum or talk on their cell phones and drive at the same time), I believe the physical dangers distracted users present to the rest of the world far outweigh any perceived benefits.
    Add in the obvious privacy issues and questions regarding lack of testing for long-term effects on the users, it should be a no-go.

  7. Bob F
    February 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I actually just received an invite to be an Explorer 3-4 days ago but there is simply no way to justify the cost for the actual functionality at this point. I had put myself on the list hoping to have an opportunity months in the future when (hopefully) the price had come down in conjunction with the device's app market maturing, instead I was given an invitation within a week.

  8. Matt S
    February 2, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I'm still not sold that the convenience of having an always-on HUD is so much greater than having a phone in your pocket that it's something I'll want to have. However, I might get one if it was a really cheap add-on, or if it came free with a phone.

  9. Duckduckgoing
    February 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I hope they all get banned. Google is getting too powerful with our personal data.

  10. John
    February 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Never i hate google and will never use anything from that shady privacy breaching company.
    All crapgoole glass is for is harvesting private data so they can sell it to crapgooles real customers the advertisers.
    Crapgoole glass is for glassholes

    • Koya
      February 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

      You sound like you're an angry person. You should count from ten backwards and step outside.
      And hate to burst your bubble, but any contract you sign with any internet service provider, or use of free wi-fi, or use of any cellular data plan, will monitor every site you go to, buddy. Google ain't the only formality that's most likely forced to partake.
      But, I do see where you're coming from. Getting ads about penis extenders and sex toys because your searches for 'big dick wrecks pussy' is probably annoying, I would never guess to find an AD blocking application or something that might help the situation.

      ALSO, Your info has probably been saved by this site as well, and has been taken to Google, so it can give you new ads. Poor 'Crapgoole' is shafting John again. When will they learn?
      Seriously. BING AD block, or use your Firefox browser. Heaven forbid you use IE and are under the age of 40, or a coder for javascripting / Php.

    • John
      February 5, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      My reply to your post is in Brackets

      You sound like you're an angry person. You should count from ten backwards and step outside. 

      (I'm not angry at all I see Google for the privacy breaching data mining shady company it is and I hate the company there is no anger at all sorry to disappoint you.)

      And hate to burst your bubble, but any contract you sign with any internet service provider, or use of free wi-fi, or use of any cellular data plan, will monitor every site you go to, buddy. Google ain't the only formality that's most likely forced to partake. 
      But, I do see where you're coming from. Getting ads about penis extenders and sex toys because your searches for 'big dick wrecks pussy' is probably annoying, I would never guess to find an AD blocking application or something that might help the situation. 

      (Hate to burst your bubble but Internet service providers don't harvest your private data to sell to advertisers. But hey your a Google fan boy who has to try and lower other company's to Google shady level to try and justify Google privacy breaching data mining shady behaviour.)

      ALSO, Your info has probably been saved by this site as well, and has been taken to Google, so it can give you new ads. Poor 'Crapgoole' is shafting John again. When will they learn? 
      Seriously. BING AD block, or use your Firefox browser. Heaven forbid you use IE and are under the age of 40, or a coder for javascripting / Php.

      (I use script blockers to block every Google script so no problem there.
      Poor Koya you read a post from someone who hates google and you just can't bear the thought of someone hating the company you worship. Well there are people in the world who see google for the nasty underhand privacy breaching company it is, but you can keep wearing your google blinkers while others see the truth of shady google.)

  11. Tom W
    February 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I love the concept of Google Glass, and I even had a very similar idea (augmented reality by projecting an image directly into the eye) when I was younger, but I didn't think about the idea too much because there's very little research into the overall health effects. We know that looking directly into strong light sources can damage the eye, and even leave an imprint for a short time. Google Glass will do exactly that, and my worry is that it using glass for a long period of time will possibly damage eyes.

    I think the only way to be certain of the overall effect of Google Glass is to conduct a long term study (at least 5 - 10 years) with a large sample size, and a large control group. Until then, as amazing as I think Google Glass is as a concept, I won't be parting with any money.

    • dragonmouth
      February 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      "I think the only way to be certain of the overall effect of Google Glass is to conduct a long term study (at least 5 – 10 years) with a large sample size, and a large control group."

      That's the way medical studies are usually done but we are dealing here with an area where innovations are obsolete and trends out of date shortly after they hit the market. By the time that study is concluded and the report published, Google Glass will have gone the way of Apple II. No doubt it will be replaced by something evolutionary, or maybe even revolutionary (direct plugin into the nervous system?). However, by that time, the study will be irrelevant.

    • Tom W
      February 2, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      You're right, but sign me up for the direct brain integration :)

  12. Shawn Rosvold
    February 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Okay then, call me a douche, def. But I'll be the douche with prescription lenses.

  13. bben
    February 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    So far, I have not seen any app that makes it any more than a tech novelty. A cool toy. If and when they do come up with something that actually makes it useful to me - maybe.
    Watching movies? - I have a big screen TV for that.
    Playing games? - I have a gaming PC for that. Maybe they will come up with a new kind of game?
    Navigation - not while driving so ???
    Word processing/Spreadsheets - Can't see it ( pun intended)
    As an attachment for a cell? Possible, but not in public.
    Facebook? I don't use it now - why would Glass make me change my mind?
    Twitter? I actually signed up - I used it maybe two weeks. Found it to be intrusive and basically useless for me.
    Still looking for some actual reason I would want to use Glass.

  14. def
    February 2, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Google Glass?
    - CONS: You'll be perceived and treated as a douche by anyone with dignity and personal freedom considerably high on their priorities list.
    - PROS: Yay, you're finally yourself: a douche with way too much money.

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