When Microsoft created the XP operating environments, they seem to have found
six year olds to design the new windows and colors. The windows classic "look"
was far cleaner and more pleasant to use. This "new" XP, of course, has absolutely no
new capabilities; it is basically windows 2000/ME/98/95 with a new "look".
This is what Microsoft is selling, a new "look", that's it and that's all.
It would seem that Microsoft wants to turn computers into what
Coca Cola and Pepsi has turned soft drinks into, something essentially useless,
but that everyone wants to buy. Companies such as Pepsi and Coca Cola have not
produced anything of value, they just happened to have enough financial backing to advertise massively and push business to business sales until the entire
consumer world was first programmed into accepting their drinks on a mass scale,
and then left with nearly no alternative for something more enjoyable to drink.
This is precisely what Microsoft is doing with software, and the end result
means nothing useful, but lots of fad products. The word I think that fits the idea
of these products as well as the Microsoft operating systems is "consumerware".
To this day, Microsoft has yet to crack industrial markets to any significant
degree. Why? Because Microsoft sells consumerware, not usable applications. Yes,
Microsoft sells toys, that's all.
My disappointment with the XP environment was such that I actually had to go
take a long walk after installing the "new" XP. It isn't new, it's just junkier with a few of the Windows 2000 and ME
bugs fixed. It would seem, however, that it is possible to get something close
to the classic look
back, if so desired. Of course, Microsoft buries the related "features" deep
enough in the system such as to make it nearly impossible for a novice or
intermediate user to access and use. This, of course, is part of the ploy to
make everyone use the "new look" and thus sell more consumerware. Of
course, it's all about money at the consumer's expense. For some reason,
consumers just don't realize the power they have over the corporations, and thus
give the conglomerates full power over their lives, indeed even over the nation.
In my irritation, I have developed several color themes to my tastes so as to
avoid at all cost the XP "look". It is truly a nightmare. I have a preference
toward extremely low contrast color schemes, so all the color themes I present
below are pretty low contrast. Perhaps one may be of use to you.