Windows 8 – Stop complaining and learn to use it

Windows 8 was officially launched over a week ago and now with PC’s both new and old getting either fresh installs or upgrades applied, it’s hard not to share in the excitement of this.

Or as some are doing complaining about change…


First let me say I don’t work for Microsoft but have been a fan of ‘MOST’ of their work going back to the launch of Windows95 when my dad gave me his very sort after official VIP launch tickets (I was 15).

In those days it was very much a Windows vs the world situation, the reason for the companies many nicknames such as M$, MicroSuck and others. At school the rest of the geeks used to mock me for giving into the corporate Masterpower that Microsoft was at the time. A tough gig for a 15year old wanting to make friends in the computer room, especially based on a preference of software, but alas these were the  lines I walked, along with liking Ice-Ice-baby and few other things I’d rather not mention in public ;-)

So what’s this article about?! Well I’ve been using Windows 8 Pro (official release) for a few days and am starting to understand many of the interwebs complaints regarding the OS, I don’t agree with all of them but wanted to share my 2 cents.

The biggest grip that I have is that I don’t know everything yet.

To put it simply it’s the same situation I was in when Win95 launched, as I was when Office changed to its latest ribbon format and when EA games changed its Fifa xbox control layout. That being said I still play fifa, I’m pretty handy at office and well Win95 or at the very least its UI is something that almost everyone is familiar with.

The point I’m trying to make is that in a few years (possibly less) when everyone upgrades and starts using Windows 8 once it enters the school sector and we start seeing more Windows 8 tablets on the market and more Windows Phone 8 devices in the wild the less we will hear these complaints.

If you think the metro titles don’t have a place on PC, then just use the desktop version. You will be missing out on some useful live titles and apps, but that’s your choice, a choice you have been given!

I’m not saying it’s a perfect OS, as I’m not in a position to say so, nor have I explored everything it has to offer or doesn’t offer, but what I will say is I’m accepting change and giving it a go…

So to all the ‘Experts’ out there, I ask for you to please learn how to use Windows 8 before you start knocking it. You might be surprised to hear that  people read your posts and share you stories so I think it’s your duty to give it go…

100th Post and a New blog

This is the 100th post on Nomads Nirvana, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to announce my new blog Cooking from Index 2 Appendix.

Nomads Nirvana first started out as a general ramblings blog, with most of the content published under mobileinfo. My passion for mobile still continues and most of the readers of this blog read blogs relating mobile games, reviews etc.

At the beginning of 2011 I said I would be trying to write more about food and travel, and I feel that my passion for cooking has started to flood this blog.

What I’ve decided to do is start a new blog and personal project which is dedicated only to food.
The idea behind the new blog is to cook every single recipe in a LARGE food specific cookbook. Each Year I plan to do a different book which involves different skills and different food.
If you haven’t already guessed 2012 is the year of the Chicken Wing.
With saying anymore I ask you stay tuned to Cooking from Index 2 Appendix, there will be videos, recipes, interviews and more.

For all my travel and mobile readers fear not Nomads Nirvana will still be primary writing place and I will be writing about events, tech and more as we venture into the exciting tech space of 2012…

Sydney fireworks show NYE 2011

Grab a cup of coffee, put your legs up and enjoy.
P.S the video does not do the live show justice, but I’m sure you get the idea

You can watch the HD version by clicking here

N8 by Pics – 2011

It’s been a great year having the beautiful N8 in my pocket. This device although over a year old, is still considered the world’s best camera phone, if you want to read more about those views go here or here or here or here or just use Google.

Instead of trying to give an expert opinion on something I’m not an expert on I thought I would let the photo’s speak for themselves.
How? Simples by posting a collection of my favourite N8 pics (taken on my N8).

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If the above is not enough for you, I highly recommend checking out the Nokia N8 User Group on Flickr. (
Thanks to James Burland

Bye to 2011

What a great year 2011 was I’m super excited about 2012, but first let me recap some of the goals I set myself last year.

Blog More 

I wanted to try and blog once a week, but only managed to average one post every 2 weeks which I think is still pretty good. I also successfully started blogging more about food.

Play Sport/Get Fit

I managed to get fit this year, through playing football, cricket and surfing and I also completed a 14km run for charity :-) I’m probably going to try for a half marathon this year if the doctor allows it.

Make a lego stop motion video

Sadly I didn’t get around to doing this, but the hope is that I can still do it one day.

See Machu Picchu in person.

I didn’t manage to do this either, which weighs very heavily on my heart. I did however still visit an ancient city – ROME

Starting Meditating again

I haven’t found the right class for this yet, but have done some big searching and even went to Yoga, which I don’t believe is for me, well not Bikrim Yoga anyway.

Do something amazing for a stranger

DONE, I help a lady pay for her shopping when her bank cards weren’t working. I couldn’t stand there and not let her get ice cream for her kids :-)

Create a bucket list

Start this was fun, I’ll keep it private for now, but it’s going to be a work in progress probably for the rest of my life

Learn to snowboard

DONE and hurt myself and loved it, tick.

Invent my own recipe

Very happy about this one. I’ve blog about two of dishes I came up with. Ultimate Chicken Wings and Lamb Cutlets – Fresh Moroccan Style

Secret Project

Started looking into this but haven’t been able to get it off the ground. I have a new project for 2012, not a secret and I’ll share it with you all within the next week or so.


I hope you all had an amazing 2011 and that 2012 brings you love, success and happiness.