The Apple developer and user communities may be abuzz about the soon-to-be latest look and feel of our favorite operating systems, OS X and iOS, but there's been a comparable shift over on the dark side, with Windows 8 featuring "tiles" as an interface paradigm. We may all agree that the Apple way is the best way, but occasionally it's good to have a reminder that it's not the only way. After all, if it weren't for points of comparison, where would we get a good laff and tender feelings of sympathy for our poor, benighted brethren in computing?
Anyway, for the genuine propellor-heads among us (or merely those who can't look away while driving past a car wreck), our siblings at the Madison PC Users Group are featuring a presentation on Windows 8 at their Wednesday-night meeting, a week earlier than ours, June 12 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the Village Co-Housing Community, 1104 Mound Street, and they open-heartedly proclaim "all are welcome". The housing complex is a few blocks from Meriter Hospital, and there's usually on-street parking at that hour. The community room is in the central building farthest from the street.
Those who show up will undoubtedly gain an initial exposure to the word skeuomorphism, that we'll be hearing a lot more about in the near future.