Microsoft Windows: The End of "My" in "My Computer"

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  1. redsolar

    redsolar Off duty

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    Those folders on your Windows desktop will still be yours -- but in the future you'll need to figure that out on your own.

    Ending a longstanding tradition, Microsoft Corp. plans to stop using the word "my" as the default prefix for such folders as "My Documents," "My Music," "My Pictures" and others along those lines. Starting in the next Windows version, due out next year, folders will be known simply as "Documents," "Music," and so on.


    With any other product, such a minor change probably wouldn't even be noticed. But the Microsoft operating system runs on more than 90 percent of the world's personal computers, and its persistent use of the word has been one of its most conspicuous characteristics -- helping to fuel widespread use of the "my" prefix in the technology industry.

    Granted, computer users might not celebrate the change as much as they did the retirement of Microsoft's unpopular "Clippy" animated assistant. But some experts in the language of technology clearly won't be sorry to see "my" disappear from the next Windows version.

    The practice was an artificial attempt to create a personal connection between people and their computers -- "to capture the loyalty of an egocentric population," said Naomi Baron, linguistics professor at American University in Washington, D.C.
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  2. The_Neon_Cowboy

    The_Neon_Cowboy Well-Known Member

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    Maybe it not yours any more becouse its the goverments.
    Remember MS in now "contracted" working closely with goverment "intelligence". Helping with cyber crimes and all that.
     
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  3. jkayca2

    jkayca2 New Member

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    No more "My Documents", "My Pictures", "My Music" and goodness gracious no more "My P()rn" folder!!!
     
  4. nForcer

    nForcer Twice the fun!

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    Heh, Apple used "MacintoshHD" for many years. They didn't even give you the impression it was yours! The flat out told you who's drive it was! :p
     
  5. BWX

    BWX get out and ride

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    Rename it..
     
  6. riles9262

    riles9262 Driverheaven brewmaster

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    I'll be lost without it...how will I ever know what's mine anymore? :tears:
     

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