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How does the Aether perform on the latest Galvanic Analytical Engine?

I am soon to acquire a new Galvanic Device, and am given to understand that the latest clacking algorithms have changed rather dramatically. Can anyone inform me of any details concerning the execution of the routines to access the Grid by way of the Aether?


((Can anyone tell me how well Viewers work on Windows 8, or should I opt for Windows 7 on a new machine ?))

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  1. Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg May 15, 2013

    I couldn’t resist.



  2. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska May 15, 2013

    O dear. The infamous back illuminated painted glass plate of death.

    Which reminds me, I received a fortune cookie at my favorite Nipponese Uncooked Fish and Rice Wine Flavored & Sugared Boiled Rice establishment that said “Fortune missing, hit Control – Alt -Delete.”

  3. Jedburgh30 Dagger Jedburgh30 Dagger May 15, 2013

    well, just to reinforce the fact I am a humourless IT person nowadays…

    8 is really good for Surface devices, tablets and touchscreens. I opted for the machine I did because it came with 7, and I have been pleased thus far. I tested an 8 machine at the office, and it took a bit of adjustment for me. It is not ‘Windows-y’ like 7 and older.

  4. Caesar Osterham Caesar Osterham May 15, 2013

    Ok, time for the Democratic rebuttal.  (A phrase familiar from my childhood and from reading collections of Doonesbury comic strips from the ’70s.)

    Because of recent RL eyesight issues (chronicled elsewhere on the not-Ning), I was forced to upgrade to a laptop with a larger screen.  As I was unable to procure a large-screen laptop (I need my portability, or at least luggability) which met my requirements (dedicated graphics card, 17″ or larger screen, and Windows 7) at an affordable price point (that should shut up the Alienware users in the audience), I was sidelined into a Windows 8 machine.

    My impression of the OS mirrors Jed’s.  For a non-touchscreen device it’s a truly crappy OS.  Nothing works the way we’ve grown accustomed over the nearly twenty-years since Windows 95 came out.  It’d be a great interface for a tablet, but I can get better performance (and apps) for my Android powered Nexus 7 at a considerably lower price.  (The OS isn’t working out that well for Microsoft, either.  Adoption rates are well below that of Vista during the same point in its life-cycle.)  I won’t comment about its potential as a phone interface, as my prefered phone OS got torpedoed by Lying Leo Apotheker during his disasterous tenure over at HP.

    But you weren’t asking about the OS, you were asking how well the viewer runs under it.

    So far I’ve seen no major issues with viewer performance when running Firestorm.  (This includes upgrading to the latest version over the weekend.)  The things that run well under Windows 7 still run well under Windows 8 and those issues concerning how the viewer interacts with the OS that make you want to pull your hair out and carpet bomb Redmond are also unchanged.

    Having said this, I’d like to make the following suggestions:

    1. Find a Windows 7 machine, if you can.  While the viewer’s performance remains unchanged, the issues with the OS itself are enough to make you occasionally want to beat the computer into cheese flavoured dog food.
    2. Wait to make your purchase until after June 26th.  At that point Windows 8.1 (formerly codenamed Windows Blue) will have been released.  It’s supposed to fix several of the more irritating bugs from Windows 8.  (There is a rumor that the Start Menu will return and that there will also be a way to get the machine to boot straight to the desktop, bypassing the truly annoying Start screen and it’s godawful “Metro” interface.)

    Hope that answers your question, Glabrius.  I can’t comment on any other viewer, as I’m hooked on Firestorm because of how well its supports my live photoblogging efforts. 

    (And, no, I’m not humorless.  I just eschewed amusement for clarity’s sake.)

    • Jedburgh30 Dagger Jedburgh30 Dagger May 15, 2013

      I ate ramen for a long time to afford my Alienware bud, however I haven’t quite risen to the smugness of a Jobbite.

      (the sidebar is I have been on low graphics since I got here in 2007 because I could afford a new ride, so finally I said ‘no more work surplus scrapbox rebuilt hand-me-downs’)

      For what it’s worth, the Mac jocks pay a lot more for their rides than I paid for mine.  There is an Asus with those specs C, but it came with 8.  I bought mine from the Dell Outlet and opted for the machine with 7…

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