Why I think Windows 10 can be popular

Yesterday, 30. 9. 2014, was held a press conference, where Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore introduced new version of Windows. I didn’t expect much, but Microsoft definitely suprised me.

I won’t judge what is the biggest change or what new functionality will bring better feeling to all users, but I will talk about things, that make Windows 10 interesting to me.

Windows 10 – name, that broke the line

The name is a surprise to everyone. Everybody guessed it will be Windows 9. Well, the marketing team did something unexpected and now we have Windows 10. Terry Myerson explained it at the press conference and I actually like the way they came to this name. No need to think about it.

Logo Windows 10

The return of Start

Classic topic, which is talked about since introducing Windows 8. I don’t want all screen taken by Start menu, but I also don’t want to use third-party tools to simulate classic Start from Windows 7.

I like the new Windows 10 start menu, which combines the best from Windows 7 and Windows 8. Live tiles also means a pretty big option for customization.

Multiple workspace support

Finally! It is extremly addictive way of using PC. Whena I had to switch back from Linux to Windows, I really missed this functionality. Again, I do not want to use third-party tools.

I am pretty curious how it will behave on multiple monitors. Can I switch only one monitor? Or both? I am looking forward to trying that.

Splitting the screen to four

Windows 7 splitted the screen to halves, Window 10 has four tiles. That means better window management.

Universal apps

It will be possible to run Modern UI apps in classic windows. I am not a Windows 8 user, so I can’t say about it anything more. But possibility to run those apps in normal mode instead of fullscreen only is good feature.

Hotkeys in command prompt

Anothr big “Hurray!” from my side. Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V, text selection… I am glad it will work just like in any other application.

Another improvements

Windows 10 offers another improvements to devices, which can work like notebooks and tablets – after disconnecting the mouse and keyboard, the systems asks if it should switch to tablet mode. The application switching was improved too.

I am sure I forgot something what was mentioned at the press conference, but I think that would be beyond boundaries of this post.

You can watch the press conference on Youtube:

What do you think, can Microsoft convicne users of older versions to switch to Windows 10?

Quick tip: Responsive developement in Google Chrome

For a very long time, Google Chrome didn’t have a tool for developing responsive web pages, so majority of people learned to use various plugins. But now, Chrome has a tool for developing responsive sites – right in its DevTools.

You can access them pretty easily – just push F12 and then ESC, so JavaScript console pops up. There is tab called Emulation, where you can select a device and emulate it, or set your own properties.

You should refresh the page after changing resolution.

Device emulation in Chrome

Chrome can also emulate accelerometer, geolocation coordinates and touch events.

Trello – Organize your time using lists

When I was searching for a way how to organize my daily tasks, I’ve found an article from John Someze “My Secret To Ridiculous Productivity”, where he describes his experience with Pomodoro technique and the way he uses Trello for planning his week in Pomodoro units.

I’ve tried his way of doing things for about two weeks. Hovever I’ve found out that Pomodoro isn’t the right technique for me – interrupting my flow of thoughts during coding was really distracting and I ended without taking breaks anyway.

But still, something form those two weeks lasted – way of organizing the tasks.

Trello – universal task manager

Trello is really useful tool for managing various lists and it can be easily used as a base of electronic task-list. After login, you can create Boards while each board can contain one or more lists.

Each list can hold any amount of items – to which you can set color tags, add checklists, dates, attachments; you can move them between different lists or you can comment them.

Beacuse of that, Trello is almost ideal tool for planning work or home tasks. Further more – you can share boards with another people and assign them to the tasks, so you can plan some team tasks. Or you can create family shopping list and use Trello mobile app in the shop 😉

How do I use Trello

Just like John Somez, each Monday morning consists of preparing task list fot the week. Tasks get labeled depending on difficulty ant then are moved to some day in the week.

Actual day in Trello
Actual day in Trello

I always try to get a list which is made of alternating difficult and easy tasks and which will fulfil my time expectations. So in the end I have prepared todo-today for a week in advance. If I can’t finish my daily goal (not completing some task), the list is modified in the following morning.

What is the difference between my approach and John’s?

Compared to John, I don’t assign tags to the tasks by the time I need for their completion, but I give them color based on the amount of mental strength needed to finish the task. There can be a task which will be difficult and it will take only twenty minutes, but there can be a task which will take a full workday but it will be fun to do.

My goal is to fulfill my expectations of finisehd tasks every week, but also alternate the mental load. Then I can feel relaxed even if I had just completed some unpleasant tasks.

Still looking for ideal work approach

Even though organizing using Trello is the best solution I found up till now, I still feel my workflow is missing something. So I am going to experiment with different possible approaches to GTD an I will be glad if you can leave a comment with some tips what to try next time.