VS madness

Whoever decided to make the menus in Visual Studio 2012 uppercase deserves to be taken out back behind the woodshed. Y’all know what happens then.

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Whoever put in the registry key

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\General\SuppressUppercaseConversion
(set the DWORD value to 1)

deserves a raise. Now, if they’re the same person, give them the raise before doing the Woodshed Experience . . . but I doubt this is the case, it sounds like “commitee of thirty six people, one of whom actually uses the product” kind of thing.

A few minutes later:

I can’t believe the color scheme. Can it really be this bad?

Ahh, there’s a color theme editor:

http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/366ad100-0003-4c9a-81a8-337d4e7ace05

That this has to exist makes me sad. We need more woodsheds.

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12 Responses to VS madness

  1. Keith Rollin says:

    What color should the woodshed be?

    • Herb says:

      * I believe that “mauve” has the most RAM, and is therefore the preferred color.

      * The committee responsible for integrating the “woodshed experience” with the Interface Formerly Known as Metro is still on hiatus, but should return to duty as soon as they resolve what font to use for dissemination of the meeting minutes.

  2. landon says:

    The woodshed committee gets back to us on that next week. The last time we gave that bucket of imbeciles a coloring decision they came back split three ways:

    * Puce (the color of compromise)

    * A definition for an extension to XML to support color definitions

    * A minority of one who started waving around a paint-ball gun loaded with a couple hundred rounds of parti-colored gumballs. We made him the committee head. Can’t have those yahoos do anything actually useful.

  3. Ingo Karkat says:

    I envy the VS users. With Office (since 2007), we’re still stuck with the three colorscheme choices of Blue / Silver / Black, neither of which I find appealing and which hamper me in my work because the contrast between active and inactive window titles is too light for me.

    I don’t mind new designs and choices, but please keep the OS’s default settings as a choice!

    • There’s LibreOffice you know… I wrote thesis in it, now I’m putting a book together also in it. Lots of joy, works like pre-idiocy MS Word – os default coloring, icons and menus are more or less where they should be. Theres versioning, annotations and pretty much all bells and whistles needed to shoot self in a foot that are in Word.

      It writes and reads .doc, tho be careful, since I have a feeling MS folks themselves don’t know how this format operates, thus some differences might occur during re-translation between Libre and MS systems. If you’re doing some heavy collaboration on some text document with someone else, its best they should too get LibreOffice – some stuff does not translate or is too Word specific like some DIY forms using dots and letters instead of tables, some inbuilt diagarm graphics…

      Give it a try, maybe it will work in your ecosystem too.

    • Rickey Rum says:

      LibreOffice++

  4. Justin says:

    Landon, thank you thank you thank you. I was getting ready to launch an angry bird assault in the direction of the VS menu development team who apparently all had a simultaneous stuck-caps-lock issue.

    Then there is the choice of color schemes … pale white and goth black. I’m all for retro, but Microsoft is going a bit far with their latest product offerings.

  5. Grout says:

    Visual Studio is the best and worst argument for nuking Windows from orbit. It is a fantastically executed, artistically arranged turd.

  6. Dercsár Péter says:

    I actually love the uppercase menus. They go pretty well with the new “flat” style interface. ALL HAIL UPPERCASE!

  7. Wally says:

    ONCE UPON A TIME, THE EXTRA BITS AND PIECES OF CIRCUITRY TO ALLOW LOWER CASE WERE GOING TO COST TOO MUCH.

    THAT IS WHY THE TRS-80 WHEN IT CAME OUT HAD ONLY UPPER CASE.

    I CAN’T EVEN REMEMBER NOW WHY THE APPLE-2 HAD ONLY UPPER CASE.

    BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, WHILE IT IS POSSIBLE TO WORK AND READ AND COMMUNICATE USING ALL UPPER CASE, IT IS HARD ON THE EYES AND YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE BEING EITHER SHOUTED AT OR PATRONISED.

    ALL UPPER CASE IS VERY UNCIVILISED.

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