Niche feature for three people October 24, 2013 5:55 PM   Subscribe

Hey, we just implemented the Windows 8.1 "live tiles" feature for the main MetaFilter site, but since I don't know anyone with Win8.1, I can't really test it. If someone with Win8.1 could test it, screenshot it, and let us know if it works?

(then we can think about adding it to all the other subsites)
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 5:55 PM (57 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Here it is big size.
posted by charred husk at 6:22 PM on October 24, 2013


Sweet! Thanks, charred husk!
posted by mathowie (staff) at 6:23 PM on October 24, 2013




And with a single screenshot I've revealed my real name a location. Good thing I don't give a damn about anonymity.
posted by charred husk at 6:30 PM on October 24, 2013 [5 favorites]


Damn, missed my shot.

anyone care what it looks like pinned on Windows Phone 8.0.1?

Anyone?
posted by Ad hominem at 6:40 PM on October 24, 2013


I have 8.1 but never ever ever use the new Start screen.
posted by Evilspork at 7:13 PM on October 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


I have no idea what this means! Hope me.
posted by Justinian at 7:13 PM on October 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Some laughing man you are.
posted by neuromodulator at 7:36 PM on October 24, 2013 [4 favorites]


I have 8.1 but never ever ever use the new Start screen.


You know, at first I didn't use it at all ever, but since upgrading from 8 to 8.1 I've started using Metro more... and, honestly, you know, it's kind of slick!
posted by kbanas at 7:39 PM on October 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is this a good place to ask for Retina quality icons for iOS homepage bookmarks for the subsites? The blue one looks so good compared to the jaggedy green and grey ones.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:45 PM on October 24, 2013


Problem with the tile site feature is that I would have to set Internet Explorer as my default browser. Windows 8.1 is fiddly enough with all the damn menus coming out of ass-nowhere when I don't want them to that having IE as the default browser would make it untenable.

Now, how about a nice Recent Activity widget for Android users?
posted by planetesimal at 7:52 PM on October 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hey, I'm using this as wallpaper to pretend I have upgraded from Windows 95.
posted by maggieb at 9:18 PM on October 24, 2013 [21 favorites]


Still not sold on the Metro/Modern interface for desktop computers but I am absolutely loving Windows 8.1 on a Surface Pro. It makes the whole "Desktop is for work, Metro is for fun" dichotomy work better, especially with the 8.1 update.

Still not for everyone but it happens to fit the niche needs I've been talking about for years almost perfectly.
posted by charred husk at 9:20 PM on October 24, 2013


anyone care what it looks like pinned on Windows Phone 8.0.1?

Anyone?


I do! I do! I do!
posted by Eumachia L F at 1:14 AM on October 25, 2013


anyone care what it looks like pinned on Windows Phone 8.0.1?

Anyone?


Moi, por favor.
posted by NoMich at 4:08 AM on October 25, 2013


This is OK, but shouldn't we just use Microsoft Word for Metafilter? I mean, Matt could just copy and past all of MetaFilter into a Word document, and then email it to everyone. Then when we add a post or comment, we would just email it to everyone else with an apprioriate subject line, like "CHECK OUT MY GREAT POST ON PAGE 1,333,464,215!"

I don't know about your "computers" and such, but this seems a lot simpler than what you guys are doing at the moment. Plus we could use Clip Art! Seriously, this is a great idea.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 4:26 AM on October 25, 2013 [29 favorites]


It looks like you are voting for #1!

Would you like some help with selecting the quidnuc kid for that?
posted by Rock Steady at 4:47 AM on October 25, 2013 [14 favorites]


*crickets*
posted by odinsdream at 6:51 AM on October 25, 2013


WP 8.0.1

big Tile, Small tile
posted by Ad hominem at 6:53 AM on October 25, 2013


Proof IOS was created in word
posted by Ad hominem at 7:07 AM on October 25, 2013 [6 favorites]


It's kind of early for April Fools jokes, isn't it?
posted by slogger at 7:14 AM on October 25, 2013


It's April First somewhere in the multiverse.
posted by notyou at 7:35 AM on October 25, 2013


Here it is big size.
posted by charred husk


Where can we get that sweet background?
posted by banshee at 8:29 AM on October 25, 2013


... copy and past ... apprioriate ...

And another thing, why not introduce an edit function for users who cannot proofread to save their lives? :(
posted by the quidnunc kid at 9:17 AM on October 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


MS Word has an editing function. I'm just saying.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:22 AM on October 25, 2013


The issue I see with the word migration is Email.

We should use Sharepoint Workspace 2013 with SkyDrive support. That way local edits with change tracking will be automatically shared to the cloud and Matt won't have to email metafilter to all the users.

When can we see a first pass at the word migration? We already fleshed out the idea so the rest is all nuts and bolts right?
posted by Ad hominem at 9:46 AM on October 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


Ad hominem: " When can we see a first pass at the word migration? We already fleshed out the idea so the rest is all nuts and bolts right?"

Oh, to be a fly on the wall when pb sees that pony request.
posted by zarq at 9:50 AM on October 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh, to be a fly on the wall when pb sees that pony request.

Nah, should be doable if Sharepoint can import/export PDFs. We store all comments as individual PDFs and index them with a couple of spreadsheets on Matt's desktop at home. As long as we can keep that backend system going we should be set. My only suggestion: more Silverlight.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:57 AM on October 25, 2013 [21 favorites]


> We already fleshed out the idea so the rest is all nuts and bolts right?

Oooh, that sentiment just made me so I angry that I murdered a random marketing director. I hope you're happy.
posted by planetesimal at 10:00 AM on October 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


When can we expect XPF support?
posted by Ad hominem at 10:00 AM on October 25, 2013


pb: We store all comments as individual PDFs and index them with a couple of spreadsheets on Matt's desktop at home.

If you printed the PDFs out, then scanned them as 600dpi JPGs before indexing, you'd have both an automatic paper backup in case you need to retype it in someday, plus also a headstart on MetaFilter: The Coffeetable Book
posted by Rock Steady at 10:02 AM on October 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I really need to be able to log time spend on comments in GP Dynamics. Can you get me a tab-delimited file with my project codes in it also?
posted by odinsdream at 10:03 AM on October 25, 2013


Has anyone thought about Rich Text Files? I'd sure like my texts here to make me rich! Just add that function as a button or something. Thanks pb, you "it" guys really have "it" going on - whatever the hell "it" means.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:07 AM on October 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm a little concerned by the fact that the PDFs and index spreadsheet are sitting on the file system, we can't guarantee availability. We should review the SLAs and implement a backup policy. Maybe we can leverage Azure.

Who do we have in operations we can task with this?
posted by Ad hominem at 10:16 AM on October 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


If we're talking site aesthetic, should Metafilter be in WordPerfect?
posted by maryr at 10:48 AM on October 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


*crossed fingers, clenched eyes* please settle on LaTeX please settle on LaTeX
posted by stebulus at 10:52 AM on October 25, 2013


NG, stebulus. Some people have allergies.
posted by maryr at 10:54 AM on October 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


maryr: "If we're talking site aesthetic, should Metafilter be in WordPerfect?"

Yes, but only 5.1 for DOS. After that, it's all downhill.
posted by zarq at 10:59 AM on October 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think I've got a set of install CDs for ClarisWorks in case anyone has a Performa that they want to read MeFi on.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:16 AM on October 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Could someone post something in this thread? I think there's a bug related to the automatic updates of threads.
posted by charred husk at 12:56 PM on October 25, 2013


The entire operation is just one big zero-day exploit.
posted by planetesimal at 12:58 PM on October 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Okay, never mind. It may just a new undocumented feature of 8.1 where IE randomly resets itself that I haven't noticed yet...
posted by charred husk at 1:01 PM on October 25, 2013


Ad hominem: "I'm a little concerned by the fact that the PDFs and index spreadsheet are sitting on the file system, we can't guarantee availability. We should review the SLAs and implement a backup policy. Maybe we can leverage Azure.

Who do we have in operations we can task with this?
"

I think it's time to put together Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans. Can you spearhead that for us?
posted by double block and bleed at 2:01 PM on October 25, 2013


double block and bleed: " I think it's time to put together Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans. Can you spearhead that for us?"

Donut Wrangler Reporting For Duty, Sirs and Madams.
posted by zarq at 2:18 PM on October 25, 2013


Please submit your request via the supplied MetaFilter Feature Request InfoPath Form.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:55 PM on October 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Okay, there is definitely something going on. When browsing from IE's regular tile everything is fine. When I use the Metafilter tile the browser will randomly close when I open a link. I've been messing with it all evening and there is definitely something going on.
posted by charred husk at 5:05 PM on October 25, 2013


I think I've got a set of install CDs for ClarisWorks in case anyone has a Performa that they want to read MeFi on.

I'm TAing for a professor who I suspect might still be using some form of Claris/AppleWorks. Or cwk lives on when Pages is exported to PDF. Why on earth he doesn't use LaTeX like the rest of us, I don't know.
posted by hoyland at 6:34 PM on October 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


hoyland, a friend was having issues with a colleague insisting on using Pages - the problem was that the colleague was a public school teacher and couldn't afford anything else. Also the colleague seemed to be technically inept.
posted by maryr at 9:34 PM on October 25, 2013


I'm TAing for a professor who I suspect might still be using some form of Claris/AppleWorks.

If he isn't using it on an Apple II with an Imagewriter or a Laserwriter, it doesn't count.
posted by gjc at 2:58 AM on October 27, 2013


Another Windows 8.1 user here (I'm sure the third one will be along shortly). Maybe I'm being dense, but do I need to use the code samples on the linked site to set up a big live tile? Or is one already set up somewhere that I can download?
posted by jeoc at 1:59 PM on October 27, 2013


jeoc, I don't have a copy of Windows 8.1 to test with, but I think you just pin the site to your desktop. So you have IE set as your default browser, you bring up MetaFilter, and right-click anywhere. Then you choose to pin the site to the desktop, and there it is. That's my understanding of the process—no code required. The coding in the article was what we did on our end to make the Live Tile look a little nicer.
posted by pb (staff) at 3:49 PM on October 27, 2013


I'm on Windows 8.1 Enterprise build 9600.

The trick is you have to use Metro IE, the giant E icon, not desktop IE.

Load metafilter.com, click the star to open the favorites panel, click the thumbtack icon, confirm pin to start.

That is all there is to it.

You might have to scroll all the way to the right to see it.
posted by Ad hominem at 4:19 PM on October 27, 2013


Thanks for the assist, pb and Ah. I guess I thought it would be more difficult than that, like having to visit the Store and download a bunch of stuff. Windows, you know?

Here's what the large tile looks like for me - just the MF. Looks like charred husk had a live preview, which is pretty cool.
posted by jeoc at 6:47 PM on October 27, 2013


zarq: "Yes, but only 5.1 for DOS. After that, it's all downhill."

It got decent again around version 10, for the two people who still used it by that point.
posted by wierdo at 2:42 AM on October 28, 2013


Now I have a live preview!

Also, I think somebody sent charred husk $50, so I would also like that too.
posted by jeoc at 4:32 PM on October 29, 2013


Same as in town.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:05 PM on October 29, 2013


jeoc:
Also, I think somebody sent charred husk $50, so I would also like that too.
No money, but someone did send me a "Internet Explorer Reliability Patch" that fixed the error I was talking about.
posted by charred husk at 5:58 AM on October 30, 2013


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