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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Still Looking For Reasons To Keep Away From Windows? Part 9

badvista.orgI STARTING POSTING STUFF about Microsoft this summer, after their 2006 iteration of WGA SPYWARE SNUCK ON, then booted one of my home computers to the PRODUCT ACTIVATION wizard - DENYING me my Windows desktop. Then, after calling Microsoft for help getting the desktop back, was falsely accused over the phone of running an illegal copy of Windows XP - and hung up on - by a customer service rep.  Since getting a new activation key (for my 18 month old Dell with restore disks still in the box) from a second customer service rep - exception logs show uninitiated outbound connection attempts, multiple times each day, to near a dozen Microsoft registered IPs - (65.55.192.29, 65.55.192.61, 65.55.192.93, 65.55.192.126, 207.46.18.88, 207.46.20.93, 207.46.199.93, 207.46.211.122, 207.46.211.124, 207.46.211.126, 207.46.253.125, 207.46.253.157). Every time I turn the computer on now, I take a deep breath and WONDER if today will be the day Microsoft remotely shuts it off for ANY REASON whatsoever, since they - not me - control it.

Further EXPLORATION suggests future Windows Operating Systems and ALL SOFTWARE on any computer running Windows may be DATABASED and CONTROLLED ENTIRELY BY MICROSOFT. Because of that, I’m a SUPPORTER for Open-Source, not that Linux is any BETTER or WORSE than Windows, but BECAUSE we’re ALLOWING OUR RIGHTS TO BE TAKEN AWAY by big CORPORATE INTERESTS Like Microsoft.

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By Barry Tudor
Strike The Root
March 22, 2007

Dear Microsoft,

Having just purchased a new Dell computer this past Christmas, I was thrilled to also be able to purchase the Vista upgrade for the discounted price of $10 (with purchase of my machine).  Furthermore, I was thrilled to finally see the Vista Upgrade arrive, and was anxious to install and use the “newest and best operating system from Microsoft.  The first months of my new computer was dominated with Windows XP, which I am thoroughly familiar with, and I was enjoying my hardware immensely.  I installed the Vista upgrade, and unlike so many I had read about online, I didnt really have too many problems with the installation.  It went rather smoothly, like I thought it should.  All seemed to be well . . . . 

That is, I didn’t have any problems until I began trying to use my new Vista OS.  Now understand, I really enjoyed the beauty and design of the new desktop look and feel.  Quite stunning in its eye catching beauty.  Vista is almost totally unusable for any application, so I have to ask . . . just WHO DESIGNED this operating system, lawyers or software engineers (with lawyers standing over their shoulder and peeing in their coffee)? 

I spent quite a large chunk of change to get the exact hardware I wanted.  I even researched what was available, and what upgrades existed that would allow me to do what I wanted to do, and I expected fully for the hardware to work as designed.  It does with a less restrictive system, such as the now FATED TO DIE XP, but not with Vista .  Your software, much to my surprise, anticipates my hardware capabilities, and removes basic functionality to the desires of my will, and replaces what control I had of my own machine, with corporate law-written garbage code.  It then stifles any attempt to subvert the system and make it do what I want it to do by refusing ASPI layers, killing DAV, and many other subversive and hidden little tricks. How quaint. 

I have reformatted and reinstalled XP.  I wont return to Vista .  I like my freedom, even if it is freedom to do what you don’t want me doing.  Who cares what you want for me?  I certainly dont care what you want for me, unless you want to refund my $10 for your garbage code-writing skills.  I am happy I didn’t pay full purchase price, like so many fools may (until they read my article here).  Since when did private matters in my personal dwelling turn you into the code writing police?  Dont you care about your customers’ rights?  Oh, thats right, you DON’T.  I forgot how in your world, USERS DON’T HAVE RIGHTS that aren’t explicitly granted. Well, screw you. 

Please take Microsoft Vista, and shove it up your collective asses.  I hope you choke on it like I am choking on your freedom-limiting and stifled code.  As for me, when you stop supporting XP, at that time I will go Linux or any other free, open source software that will allow me to do with my machine WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH MY MACHINE without your ORWELLIAN CODE.  I have reverted back to XP, will never upgrade until DRM and other such garbage is totally eliminated from the code, or until such time as hacks finally defeat your code, and I can get my hands on the hacked code.  Even hacked code is better than yours, and that says volumes.

BILL GATES, ET AL, why don’t you GO BLOW THE RIAA - all of them. 

One completely disgusted ex-Microsoft fan.  I knew I shouldve gotten a Mac.  Perhaps Ubuntu . . . ..

Barry Tudor was born in Arkansas in 1960.  He has travelled the entire U.S. from coast to coast.  He’s a motorcycle rider, father of three, husband to one, and hater of those who would remove any more of his liberties for the sake of safety, or any other damned reason!

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Still Looking For Reason to Keep Away From Windows?
PART 1 - PART 2 - PART 3 - PART 4 - PART 5 - PART 6 - PART 7 - PART 8 - PART 9 - PART 10 - PART 11 - PART 12 - PART 13 - PART 14 - PART 15 - PART 16 - PART 17

MICROSOFT VS THE FREE WORLD
VISTA ACTIVATION WORRIES
VISTA ULTIMATUM
MICROSCUM’S PRODUCT ACTIVATION FAQ
WINDOWS PRIVACY FLEW OUT THE WINDOW
A CONTRACT ONLY MICROSOFT CAN BREAK
MICROSOFT WGA FORUM
MICROSOFT EMAIL SUPPORT
MICROSOFT FACES LAWSUIT OVER WGA
MICROSOFT DENIES WINDOWS XP KILL SWITCH
A GRIPELINE WGA POST
LAUREN WEINSTEIN’S WGA POSTS
GROKLAW - IT’S A MATTER OF INFORMED CONSENT
WGA - WORSE THAN EXTORTION
WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER EULA
BAD VISTA DOT ORG
SOME RANTS

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