Posts Tagged ‘Windows 10’

My next computer will not have Windows 10

June 17, 2018

Just a rant since I am currently very irritated by Microsoft and Windows.

Microsoft’s intrusiveness is growing. Especially since Windows 10.

It was always high but it is now getting ridiculous. I receive this and similar messages almost every hour. If it is not shared experiences settings it is the App store settings. The advertisements on their Solitaire package are inane and incessant. I do not wish to share my experiences with Microsoft so that they can get even more intrusive.

I am beginning to get warnings about my hard disk so I will probably need to replace this 6 year old laptop within 6 months.

It will not be Windows 10 next time.

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I don’t have the patience or the concentration any longer to set up Linux. The alternatives such as Chrome O/S or Syllable are far too esoteric for me.  I am told that there are other alternatives in descendants of UNIX, OS/2, BeOS and DOS but those too are beyond my touch.

Which probably therefore means an iMac.



Windows 10 arrived – some good, some pretty bad

August 17, 2015

So my Windows 10 arrived. It took a couple of hours and certainly the Start Menu is a happy return.

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I have disabled most of the MS intrusions I can on Settings. But not everything is working. And there is still too much rubbish with their “tiles”.

  • Too many logins and verification of accounts – and they are intrusive enough.
  • My back-up drive (external) is totally confused and all backup attempts by Windows have failed so far.
  • All Apps that I try to get at the Store are stuck in some “pending” limbo.
  • Microsoft keeps trying – unsuccessfully – to download additional features to my pc.
  • The card games available are pathetic.
  • I had some difficulty in finding some of my old programs (now called Apps) but they were all there. Some needed to get updates. Theyb are still programs to me.
  • This “file explorer” seems to be inferior.
  • Calendar does not work
  • Maps are pretty inferior – I’m back to Google Maps and Google Earth.

On the plus side the upgrade was relatively painless – just a little time consuming. After some of the scare stories about the difficulties of avoiding Edge, I found it was no great difficulty to stay with Google Chrome. I have looked at Edge, but only very superficially and don’t immediately see any advantages for me. I have no idea what Cortana does or could do for me and I am not going to miss it very much. It seems to boot a little faster – but not by much. But a very pleasant surprise is that my mobile broadband connection is – for some unknown reason – is some 50% or more faster than it was. However the download has absorbed – directly or indirectly – some 7 GB of additional data transfer (judging from my normal usage compared to the last 8 days).

I shall give Microsoft some time to get their Windows 10 bugs sorted out and the fixes downloaded before making any “final” judgement.

But nothing so far has changed my mind that when this pc eventually dies I shall replace it with an iMac.


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Windows 10 buys your soul (with your consent)

August 2, 2015

I suppose I have little option but to upgrade.

And I am resigned to being “targeted” by advertisers selected specifically for me. I take some comfort in the fact that I cannot recall actually buying anything because of a web advertisement. I suppose I am just too old for them.

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The soul – however you want to define it – is manifested (not defined) in your behaviour. The advent of the internet and its apparent anonymity actually makes visible some parts of your hidden self.  People visit sites and make comments that they would never otherwise do if they were in public view. Of course much of that anonymity is only a perception. Your internet “self” (ID, email, passwords, sites visited, on-line community memberships,…. ) comes closer to painting a picture of your soul than just your visible behaviour.

And Windows 10 acquires more of your soul than ever before – and all with your consent.  It is with your consent because few will ever read and understand the 45 pages of terms and conditions that must be agreed to. Not that Apple and Google are not also involved in photographing and capturing your soul. But even an on-line presence is only a manifestation of your soul and each of Microsoft or Google or Apple have have their own painting of your essence. And these perceptions of who you are, these paintings of your soul, are theirs to sell – to advertisers or to governments or to other interested parties.

The Guardian:

Hundreds of commenters on sites such as Hacker News and Reddit have criticised default settings that send personal information to Microsoft, use bandwidth to upload data to other computers running the operating system, share Wi-Fi passwords with online friends and remove the ability to opt out of security updates.

Many of the complaints relate to the new personalised adverts embedded in Windows 10. When the OS is installed, Microsoft assigns the user a unique advertising ID, which it ties to the email address registered with the company. That email address is also associated with a raft of other services, such as the company’s productivity and communication programs, as well as app downloads and cloud-storage uploads.

Using that information, Microsoft is able to personalise ads to the user, during both web surfing and, for newer apps downloaded from the Windows Store, app usage. Microsoft itself is leading the way on that front, even turning the in-built version of Solitaire (the card game that has been a staple of Windows installations since 1990’s Windows 3.0) into a freemium game, complete with unskippable video adverts.

Elsewhere, Windows 10 also harvests user information in order to teach the built-in personal digital assistant Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri. To enable Cortana, the company says, it “collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device”.

“There is no world in which 45 pages of policy documents and opt-out settings split across 13 different Settings screens and an external website constitutes ‘real transparency’.”

……. The European digital rights organisation (EDRi) sums up the company’s 45 pages of terms and conditions by saying: “Microsoft basically grants itself very broad rights to collect everything you do, say and write with and on your devices in order to sell more targeted advertising or to sell your data to third parties.”

In many ways, however, Windows 10 is merely moving closer towards what has become the new normal thanks to mobile operating systems. Both Siri and Google Now require access to the user’s personal information to personalise responses, while both Apple and Google offer developers the ability to deliver personalised ads to users based on information such as app installs.

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