Windows 8 warning: Don’t let it happen to you!Posted on March 10th, 2013 at 21:15 5 comments
From Ross James…
Some touch gestures work with one finger, some with two. Tonight I sneezed. Unknown to me, a wad of sneeze cheese flew out of my nose and landed on the touch screen. When I touched the screen with one finger, I kept getting a two-finger response. Specifically, I was trying to move the pointer, but I kept zooming in and out. After a stupid long time, I realized the green goo on the touchscreen was actually registering as a touch, as though it were one finger. My actual finger was registering as the other. I took off my sock and cleaned the screen (because the tissue was all the way over there). Everything is back to normal now, but we have to get out a warning. Slobber can kill Windows 8. Ask your publisher to pull all copies of “Windows 8 All-In-One For Dummies” and print a second edition with this critical warning. And send something to Reuters, please.
5 responses to “Windows 8 warning: Don’t let it happen to you!”
Dennis March 10th, 2013 at 21:57
Good point but shouldn’t there be a warning about using Windows 8 while eating green gooey cheese while being bare footed? I’ll keep Windows 7, screen looke like a dart board with all the beer stains but keeps on running.
Harry Pea March 10th, 2013 at 22:35
..so W8 is not to be sneezed at?????????
Oh, dear or oy vey…and warning noted.
I am still musing ” How cool” at Microsoft moving the “bad” KB patch to “optional” as a way out (previous posting).
Gindy53 March 12th, 2013 at 19:10
You think that’s bad, try having a gnat walk across your computer screen.
rc primak March 15th, 2013 at 21:16
This is not unique to Windows 8. It’s an issue which tablet users have known about for years. All touchscreens, especially capacitative touch screens, have a threshold of sensitivity. For multitouch gestures to work, the sensitivity has to be high. Hence, any grease, sneeze gunk or stray insects (even a lot of dust) can register as a touch.
This is not news, but it should be the first or second (behind “Make sure device is charged and turned on before use”) warning in Tablet documentation manuals. Oh yeah, they don’t come with paper manuals these days! This admonition doesn’t belong on Windows 8 itself, as some of us use Win 8 Pro (largely) without the Metro UI and all these multitouch issues.
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