From Pine View Farm

Windows 8, Land of the Lost 3

Today, I helped an acquaintance set up her new Windows 8 computer.

I now have a first-hand understanding of why Windows 8 has failed in the marketplace.

It is a dog, a kludge, a monstrosity. Essential features, such as the command line (to do simple things like a ping command to test an internet connection) are hidden many fathoms deep.

I had to do a web search to find out how to reboot the computer, for Pete’s sake.

It is no surprise that Steve Ballmer is out of a job. Every decision he made was wrong.



  1. Bill

    April 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Hiding the command line is probably a good idea.  Most people think a command line is what a major says to a private in the Army.

  2. Bill

    April 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    (That should read “Army.”)


  3. Frank

    April 7, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Yeah, maybe.  The Windows command line is limited at best.  In previous versions of Windows, start–>run->”cmd” would open a terminal. In v. 8, finding “run” is an ordeal.


    Nevertheless, a ping is the easiest way to test a network connection.  And a tracert tells you where a connection is failing.