Thursday, January 15, 2015

please allow me to complain bitterly for a moment about how atrocious microsoft is

what it is: complaining bitterly about how atrocious microsoft is
where i found it: a new computer

I guess it is no secret that Microsoft sucks. But please allow me to complain bitterly for a moment.

My wife bought a new computer. It comes with Windows 8, which is some kind of ghetto programming attempt to make something that's kind of like a ipad, but has none of the functionality of an ipad. Pulling the computer out of the box one would it expect it to boot right up and work beautifully. Yet Microsoft and HP (not specific to this manufacturer) have loaded the thing with so much bloatware/adware/malware that you can't open the internet without at least ten (I am not exaggerating) browser windows of adds covering the page you're trying to see. When you close one, it opens three or four more, rendering the machine all but inoperable. I go to uninstall this bullshit, spending two hours getting rid of one program after another. The machine starts working. Five minutes later the fucking programs re-install themselves. I uninstall them again, which is hard because they're all named shit like Wincleaner and Win System Optimizer, which sounds like something that you would need. In one instance, I uninstalled one of these programs and in retaliation it installed SEVEN more programs. After two rounds and a bunch of visits to the internet for advice I finally got these obliterated. The machine seems to be working, but . . .

Then come the issues with the user account. To access your computer you now have to have a Microsoft account, which tries to force you again and again to merge all of your accounts - Skype, Google, Apple, Facebook, whatever, with your Windows account. And you can't use these services without forking over your user names and passwords to Windows. And the traditional versions of those softwares don't work on the machine. So either merge all of your accounts with Microsoft or do not compute.

Then there are task bars and search bars and "apps" all over the thing that have nothing to do with your interests or inclinations or way that anyone would ever want to use a computer. Working in a large organization myself, I can understand how idiocy and confusion become perpetuated and systemized, but Google and Facebook and Apple seem to be able to at least seduce you into your own slavery in a somewhat appealing way.

What Microsoft seems to be doing here is committing suicide by making everything so unpleasant and atrocious. Not only are PCs outdated, but they are making their own continued use even more annoying than they ever have been. In basic Windows they had a product that worked and became the standard for every business machine out there and now we have devolved to this.  I'll stick with my 2003 Oldsmobile running the functioning, but long since abandoned XP.

Maybe none of this is surprising considering that THIS is the guy running the show over there.


As an addendum I'd like to include here some excerpts of comments harvested from Skype message boards. Skype was a well functioning respectable application, that is until they were bought out by Microsoft. Guess what, now they suck. See what hate filled recent users are saying about them:

This kind of system fascism shouldn't ever be accepted or even allowed for an operating system . . . Blood boiling, this. . . . you're not that important skype. Get out of my way and stop trying to outsmart me. All of windows 8 is like this . . . This is so typical for your company. You don't get that you have to create INCENTIVES for people to do what you want, you cannot force them to. Why don't you ever learn . . . why are you taking everything amazing out of it and making it more and more annoying to use  . . . I can't remember ever being so frustrated with a program that used to be so simple- I can't find the icons, I can't find a save button for making changes, I can't follow any of the guides because they seem to be written for a completely different program than the one I am using!! I HATE Skype!!  . . .Skype is total trash.