And some people wonder why I’m retro about Microsoft and won’t allow any automatic updates of any software on my system, let alone the O/S.
20070325.1520: Oh, the joy that is Microsoft. Metafilter is down right now because an “automatic server update” installed last night completely fucked over the servers.
I just ran updates for the first time in lo, these many months, and part of what I got was IE7. But the joy that is Microsoft includes the joy that is how Microsoft redefines the English Language. For instance, clicking the box that says “Do not show me this update again” means “put up an emphatic error announcement indicating that you’ve clicked ‘do not show me this again’ on the main update pane”.
McAfee also displays this obnoxious behavior, which is why I ripped it the hell off my hard drive. I’d rather be vulnerable to viruses that MAY hit me than annoying and misleading messages that WILL hit me every time I reboot.
Look, my copy of XP is legit. But whether it was or was not, why would I need a program installed on my computer that verified that it was legit? If it is legit (which it is) then the program is redundant. And if my copy was not legit, then the last thing I’d want would be a program that detected that fact and proceeded to shut my system down or seriously cripple it. Stupid, stupid, stupid…
The main reason I don’t want it is that if I get a false negative, my computer goes south, and just having the sucker there means it’s using disk space and CPU time checking on things however often it runs. I can see no “advantage” whatsoever for me in having that damned thing on my computer.
Precisely. Why should I spend $200 to upgrade to an annoying piece of bloatware, when what I have works fine? Oh, Vista will force my hand eventually, by being the only O/S to include DirectX10. And sooner or later, some game or DVD player will require it and force me to upgrade. And THAT, folks, is why I hate Bill Gates in a nutshell. Screw Big Brother, Bill is the one who’s trying to take control of my computer.