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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I'm not sure you understand economics. The crapware vendors pay the PC vendors to pre-install all that crap. The highly competitive PC market then causes the crapware-infested PC vendors to lower their prices below a sustainable level for the non-crapware PC vendors. In short, crapware PCs are cheaper.

And the public chooses the cheaper PCs in droves, driving most of the companies selling the quality PCs from the market.

When a selection of Ubuntu PCs were shipping from major vendors during the Vista debacle, I saw lots of complaints that pre-installing a no-cost OS actually drove the cost of the PC up. To this day, I don't think many of the complainers understood that the vendor cost of using Windows is negative, because the crapware payments more than cover the "Microsoft Tax".

My long-time barber has a sign in his shop: "They pain of a bad haircut will last far longer than the joy of a lower price." Works for PCs, too.

Support crap-free PCs with your dollars - Linux, Apple or even clean whitebox Windows produced locally - or else suck it up. You get what you pay for.

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