Re: At Pen-y-gors, re: they know who you are...
There is a requirement to hold a provisional licence, which for many years now has required a document check (e.g. passport)
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Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.
Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.
Working software is the primary measure of progress.
Waiting in the wings is Zapp with Pay By Bank App.
Vocalink, the company behind Faster Payments in the UK and Immediate Payments in Singapore is launching Pay By Bank App for payments in the autumn removing the need for cards and wallets when shopping online.
Already in development is work to bring the feature to NFC equipped phones allowing contactless payments in shops again without registering cards or creating wallets.
I've been following W8 since the first preview release. I'd got frustrated at the change in UI and the user experience when installing it on my PC's. Just like many of the commenters here I'd been prepared to write it off and continue with W7.
Two things have changed my mind.
1) Installing W8 on a Samsung Slate. It doesn't really matter that the install and set up process was almost as painless as installing OS X, but the user experience of W8 on a touch device just works. The metro interface is easy to use for tablet type tasks and there is still the ability to access non-metro applications. I expect that software producers will over time re-target those apps that are appropriate to the metro interface further improving my use of the tablet.
2) I loaned my tablet and a keyboard to a very non-technical friend and after just a couple of minutes walking them through the screen they took to it with no problems. They didn't care about loosing the start menu, they were already comfortable with the idea of scrolling through pages of icons from their smart phone. When using the tablet they had a seamless transition between keyboard, mouse and touch screen and didn't have a bad word to say about it.
As a technically competent person I am getting on with learning how to get the most out of Metro. The step seems much smaller than going from NT to XP.
My "typical user" seems much less resistant to change than I expected and sees W8 as a fusion of their smart phone and PC.
"The doors are locked and Steve says I'll be safe in a locked down environment."
The Linux penguin flapped his flippers indicating that, as usual, he didn't have the the ability to do standard tasks like opening doors.
The windows user put on his paracute, opened the door and jumped... crashes are a fact of life.
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