For weeks now, I have been having MS constantly and consistently harrowing me to install W10; I decided to make the move and remove the folder $Windows.~BT. I thought, it's just a folder, it's been downloaded to my system without my say so and as yet hasn't been installed. So I'll just delete it. Right click the folder, clicked delete! A window opened...
"You need permission to remove this file"
It's been put on my PC, without my permission. But, I (the administrator) needs permission to remove it!? Who do they think they are, arrogant or what?!
For sometime (before it's launch on an unsuspecting world) I, (a nobody in the greater scheme of things) have had my concerns about the coming of W10 or as it was seen at that time, the next, maybe 'Win9' Operating System? (OS). Not least, because it would be heralding from the Microsoft stable.
Looking back at all that has gone before, the procession has hardly been an auspicious progression of progressive greatness, has it? So it was with some trepidation that I half welcomed and half dreaded the onset of this new dawn, in the latest chapter of the Microsoft dynasty.
I wasn't to know, (no-one was) that this was going to be the latest and perhaps greatest OS disaster in the history of Microsoft. Yes there may be aspects that could be described as good, but these are so easily overlooked on the back of all that's bad. Initially, the pressure to download, followed by the blocked regular 7/8 updates. Then along came the sting of a forced install.
If these faux pas weren't bad enough, look no further than that EULA. Yes, it's true I hold my hands up, in the past, I, like so many others who have wanted a particular (free) software programme; have turned a blind eye to the contents of the EULA. By just clicking on the 'I Agree' button, knowing that if I didn't I wouldn't be getting the software. But hey, hitherto they've only said something along the lines of...
'...This non-exclusive License allows one registered user to install and use the Software on one (1) computer or local workstation only, subject to the terms and conditions of this License Agreement...'etc
'...The update or upgrade may only be used to replace the original, legally licensed version and the original version may not be transferred to another user or other third parties...'etc
'...Reverse engineering, disassembly, decompilation and any and all other methods capable of providing access to the trade secrets contained in the Software are all strictly and expressly prohibited...'etc
Yeah, yeah I know all this, it's doing my head in, just give me the freeware already!.
Did we ever think that one day some company would come along and take advantage of our lack of diligence. In a world where so many sicko's lay in wait to pounce on stupid and unwary folk? No of course we didn't, we are the innocents, sure we know it happens, but to someone else, not us!.
Then along comes Microsoft, our buddy that sold us the world and more in a little box. Out of everyone that we might think could be out to get us, it wasn't Microsoft. Why not? Because, for all it's past mistakes, it hurts itself and it's own credibility more than it hurts anyone else. Almost every time it launches a new OS (with 1 or 2 exceptions) it shoots itself in the foot!
So, with that in mind, how did they think that this, their latest harbinger, would be received by the people of the world? What were they thinking? Or perhaps the question should be...were they thinking? Could the truth of the matter be that they have got too big and it's gone to their heads. Their latest EULA that accompanies Win10 would have you believe that this might well be the case.
When I read...
"Problem: MSFT, magazines and other public-discourse outlets are NOT properly explaining this text. Yet it becomes your responsibility to obey, if you install Windows 10; for you become contractually bound to terms that you won't fully understand. Here in particular there is great shock at what 'rights' MSFT has over your data. Should be even greater shock at MSFT's enforcement rights over the content of your machine, to the point where it can purposefully and remotely, disable or remove
- programs, and/or
- private and personal content
- from your machine for reasons which in its opinion, are right.
There's no precedent for these provisions, in other products I can find. When you buy milk or shoes, the milk or shoemaker has no rights over how you use the milk or shoes. When you get your driver's license, the polity granting it to you can revoke it, yes: but it doesn't police your driving habits. When you buy other software, how you use it is your responsibility, not the software issuer's; so, there is a standard disclaimer clause to that effect; meaning, the software maker disavows any policing authority over software it contracted with you."
(The above is a direct quote from)...
I myself am an artist, poet, photographer and writer. So, what do you think that the above reference and explanations would mean to me?.
The following phrase came to my mind..."Big Brother is watching you", me/us!?
"Big Brother is a fictional character or symbol in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. He is claimed to be the leader (either the actual enigmatic dictator or perhaps a symbolic figurehead) of Oceania, a totalitarian state wherein the ruling Party wields total power "for its own sake" over the inhabitants.
In the society that Orwell describes, every citizen is under constant surveillance by the authorities, mainly by telescreens (with the exception of the Proles). The people are constantly reminded of this by the slogan "Big Brother is watching you": a maxim which is ubiquitously on display. In modern culture the term "Big Brother" has entered the lexicon as a synonym for abuse of government power, particularly in respect to civil liberties, often specifically related to mass surveillance."
(The above is a direct quote from)...
Is it just me, or can anyone else see the comparison?.
Such is Life