Friday, May 27, 2016

1648 I Will Not Switch to Windows 10

Dear Bill,

I’ve been your loyal customer since the days of MSDOS.  You remember MSDOS, right?  The thing you and Paul Allen bought for 50- thousand dollars… that made you two into billionaires… that the courts eventually forced you to pay what the system was actually worth to its originators?

I have suffered through countless upgrades of Windows 3, 3.2, 95, 98, 2000, Vista and Windows 8. And now you’re trying to force “10” up my… nose.

It may be Free Free Free.  But I don’t need it. I don’t want it.  It reminds me of the days when you were trying to “cut off the air supply” of your competitors,  as you so tenderly put it at the time.

Why the tirade?  Because Win 10 forces me to undergo a constant barrage of “house ads” for your lame software, your lame browser, your lame search engine and your lame tablets.

It’s taken two years to figure out how to use Windows 8 without an engineering degree.   I’m too old to jump through still more hoops.  And 30 years ago I was already too old. But I did it because I thought I had to.

You have been blue-boxing my eyes for a year.  No day passes without your outrageous demand that I give up something I can use for something I have to re-learn and re-jigger and can’t really guard against your prying eyes.

And the blue box “invitation?”  The “x” to “x it out” is getting smaller all the time.

News reports say you’ll soon make the change for me if I don’t make it myself.  And, yes, there’s a way to revert to 8.  But how long will that last?

Don’t feel too bad.  I won’t go over the wall and get a Mac.  They’re just too cool for me.  The likely replacement will be a ChromeBook.  

Google is becoming the Godzilla you guys once were. But at least I know my way around.  I’ll have to find a way to use MS Word because I have years stuff worth keeping on it.  But that’s a small price to pay for not having to deal with you.  In non-geek circles there was hope that when you got rid of that windbag Ballmer that the new guy would be able to drum some sense into MSFT.  If force feeding “10” is how he’s going to operate, I want no part of it.

--Micro’s problems are just karma, and so is this: Former “independent” counsel and Republican hitman Kenneth Starr of Monicagate fame was removed as president of Baylor University and demoted to chancellor for mishandling a football sex scandal.  But  he gets to continue teaching his specialty, over- zealotry 101. The football coach was fired and the search is on for someone new who is good at showing the boys of Autumn how to bang their heads, the cheerleaders and each other.

I’m Wes Richards. My opinions are my own but you’re welcome to them. ®
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