Christmas means different things to different people, but generally speaking it's a time for spending with family, being nice to each other and giving each other stuff. If everyone does their bit, you'll get some stuff given to you too, and that's always nice.
That said, 2012 has seen more trash-talk, lawsuits and verbal takedowns zinging about the mobile industry than any year I can remember.
So kudos to MIT prof and internet entrepreneur Philip Greenspun for managing to bring the two together in his scathing conclusion that the newly launched Windows 8 is the perfect “Christmas gift for someone you hate”.
His in-depth review of the new OS doesn't pull any punches. He says the interface-formerly-known-as-Metro is a “dog's breakfast”, with the highly contextualised menus and functions leaving users confused as to what the interface will let them do at any given time.
“The only device that I can remember being as confused by is the BlackBerry PlayBook,” Greenspun wrote on his blog after giving Windows 8 a spin on a Dell XPS desktop.
He did at least praise some of the core apps that come with Microsoft's OS, but that's not much of a consolation given the rest of the review – after all, a cherry sitting on top of a non-existent cake is just a small piece of fruit.
Maybe Greenspun is right, maybe he isn't – we're all entitled to our opinions, after all. But I will say this: regardless of how good it is, the day someone thinks of giving me a copy of Windows for Christmas is the day I need to find new loved ones.