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Microsoft’s Intrusive Windows 10 Campaign Takes a Step Too Far. Apology Sought.

30 May 2016

After a year of “heavy-handed nudging” (AP), Microsoft’s extraordinary campaign (waged from the cosy sanctuary of its users’ computers) to persuade Windows 7 and 8 users to update to Windows 10, has recently taken initiatives which have enraged many of its users. I am one of those misused users.

Because of Microsoft’s power over our PCs, for a year we have had to tolerate the irritating 24/7 presence of this massive M/S Campaign on the bottom  bar of our computers (looking like a large white flag of Truce while behaving like a Trojan Horse). With complete impunity, its Windows 10 Free Update offer popped on to our screens several times per week for our acceptance or rejection.

Recently, as the Internet now reports, Microsoft has become even more proactive in its “salesmanship” and coercion, and 2 days ago, I was on the receiving end of what I consider to be unwarranted interference and hassle from their Trojan warriors.

I had left my PC for some brief R & R. When I returned about 20 minutes later, I found myself facing a a black screen announcing UPDATING WINDOWS: 4%. Alarmed and mesmerised, I slumped in the chair for 20 minutes while the Windows 10 preparation files were loaded. Since there was no way that I, as a non-techie person, could stop this ghastly intrusion, I gradually came to accept that I would have to learn the arcane ways of the new Windows 10 and suffer the inevitable losses of TIME, programmes, etc. (all of which I had hitherto tried so hard to AVOID, by my FREE CHOICE of the NO option, in a free society).

And then, suddenly, a BLUE screen appeared with a lot of legalese jargon describing the Accept and Decline alternatives. The latter were heavily padded out by legal gobbledygook hinting at the extreme difficulties which might materialise for the user in the event of clicking the Decline button. I was alarmed and ready to Accept but still stared at this screen for several more minutes. The prospect was so unacceptable that, in spite of possible difficulties, I finally took a chance: DECLINE.

And, slowly, the situation was reversed and Window 7 eventually returned to my control.

Apparently without damage.

I was, and continue to be, extremely ANGRY with Microsoft for their aggressive actions and for the extreme distress caused to me.

*ADDENDUM.  I have now applied Steve Gibson’s (GRC)  Never 10 remedy and the M/S Trojan Horse has at last been driven from my bottom bar.

Yesterday I took a look on the Internet and found evidence of serious professional and public criticism of Microsoft’s  recent high-handed (euphemism!) measures.  For anyone seeking the real details, I recommend an article by Mark Hachman of PC World, who fills in some of the technical details of Microsoft’s recent behaviour: How to escape that forced Windows 10 upgrade you mistakenly agreed to. Sadly, it’s not as simple as it should be.’

PS Because I was not present when the M/S intrusion commenced, I cannot say whether Microsoft offered me any last minute way out of the update, which, in any case, was NOT requested by me.



Internet Viral Opinion. Caveat Lector. The Current Julia Gillard Misogyny Episode

11 October 2012

The embattled Australian Labor Party, which appears destined to be thrown out of office in a year’s time for its many egregious shortcomings, broken promises and its serial incompetence, is currently congratulating itself on the ephemeral respite provided by the viral Web response to its leader’s impassioned rebuke of her Liberal counterpart, Tony Abbott, on debatable sexist grounds rather than political ones.

The worldwide (English language) Internet and media reaction which has belatedly provided Ms Gillard with 15 minutes of international fame seems to be based on a crude knee-jerk response for all male treatment of females, including misogyny. As far as I can see, the virus spreaders in London and New York pay NO attention to the political Australian background or the real circumstances leading up to the parliamentary tirade 2 days ago. This is in keeping with much similar viral reaction on the Web and is (or should be) a very worrying feature since it undermines the principles of true debate and democracy and closely approximates to the procedures of twentieth century populist political propaganda, at its worst. (Enhanced by ever more numerous advisers, generously remunerated (bought?) with taxpayers’ money.) [14 October Update: Andrew Bolt has just published an interesting link to one of P.M. Gillard’s advisers. Worth examination.]

In your search for the real truth of this complex matter, you might wish to begin by reading this article by John Birmingham, especially between the lines. Then you may need some background on the two years of very chaotic roller-coaster government by Gillard’s uneasy coalition government with the Greens and half a dozen motley independents. This minimal research will make it clear that she came to power in the Labor Party in 2010 by overthrowing her colleague and boss, the electorally triumphant Labour Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. That is quite a lot of baggage which the virus-spreaders have not told you – and may well be unaware of.