Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Nov 2012 15:49 UTC
Windows "Yesterday my desktop died, and so I went ahead and got a brand new Windows 8 laptop. It's always been my feeling that as years go on, user experience has been going down for people who use a computer and the Internet, because of decisions all companies make that are clearly anti-user, either because they think they know best, or in many cases, for financial gains. But from spending all night reinstalling everything and customizing the laptop, I realized just how bad it has become." Probably the biggest reason to go Mac or Linux. Such a shame Microsoft found it more important to pressure OEMs into silly Secure Boot nonsense instead of doing something about the anti-user crapware disaster. Goes to show who Microsoft cares about. Hint: it ain't you.
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by marcp on Sun 11th Nov 2012 19:26 UTC
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I didn't want to post here anything, really, because I don't care about Windows nor OSX systems, but I see a quite dangerous tendency here in comments. It can be described as "whoa, this crap was here almost from the start. IT is full of crap. Where's the problem? [it is normal]".

First of all - this is not true. In the beginning there was only open and free [of charge] software, available for huge computers. Source code was shared between places and people, usually academics and - later - hobbyists. This software had no crap inside. There was no bundles in terms of crap. It was only later that few companies started to charge people for the software they added to their hardware+software bundles.

Secondly - the fact that we got this crap on a market today doesn't mean it is *normal* in any way. It is not normal, it destroys your freedoms, privacy and it makes your life harder and less personal.
Of course you can accept it, but do it on your own. You don't have to care about your own freedoms and your own privacy. Heck, you can even think [your!] privacy is dead. However, please don't expect everyone to accept this pathological situation. There are many individuals and groups who do not agree to this situation. The easiest possible solution is just to drop commercial software and switch to something else, but again: is it normal to be forced to do so? no, it certainly isn't. It's no choice when someone tells you "take it or leave it", or if someone threatens you with the gun pointed at your head "do it or you're gonna die". This is NOT a choice. You are forced to drop it, the company itself doesn't give you other option. This is bad, unfair and ugly. Yeah, companies are companies and "they can do whatever they want to do". But do we really want them to do whatever they want? they are realising their freedoms "to do whatever they want" [to get more money out of our pockets]. But where's our freedom from their actions? where's our freedom to do what we need and want to do? do we have any choice? do we really want to be left divided and helpless?
If you do, then ok, go ahead and play according to the bad and harmful rules. Others will not do it.

Edited 2012-11-11 19:30 UTC

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