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Friday, September 4, 2015

Software Companies or Hackers; It's A Close Call

For my birthday last month Mrs. Dan O gave me some cash and told me to buy myself a new laptop. So, I shopped around for a few days and picked one out at Newegg.com.*

"So, how do you like it Dan O?" Glad you asked. The computer itself is great. The software, from the Windows 7 OS to the McAfee interference...uh, I mean internet security, is a big pain in the ass. Nothing new, really. Every time I turn on the computer, all these programs want to update themselves and I end up not doing anything because all the downloading of updates consume the little bandwidth I have.

McAfee is gone. Deleted that intrusive piece of shit software right away. And everything else is on strict orders not to auto-update. I bought the computer for ME, NOT the software, to use.

In case anyone is wondering why I went with Windows 7 vs. 8, 8.1 or the upcoming 10, well I'll tell you. I've heard nothing but complaints from people who have used 8. 8.1 is supposed to address some of those complaints, but......I've heard that before.

I researched Windows 10 and found that it is the most intrusive, data collecting, telemetry sending and privacy ignoring Windows to date. I read one report that stated there was no way you could completely stop the data collecting and transfer to Evil Bill Gates' Software Empire. Even if all indications are you've shut the options off, there is still background data transfers going on without your knowledge or agreement.

 Of course the EBGSE would disagree. They would tell you that IF you bother to read all 1,915.5 pages of the EULA, that by clicking [I Accept], you agreed to give them permission to come in and screw your cat, drink milk from the carton in your refrigerator and  piss in the corner of your bedroom, among other even more intrusive endeavors.

So, it's either [I Accept], or you just bought yourself a nifty little decorative drink coaster.
YOU don't own or control anything on your computer. You pay to simply install THEIR software, which then collects YOUR usage data and sends it to the Mother Ship.

The biggest cyber threat is no longer the hackers. It is the software developers themselves. The hackers may be doing you a favor by destroying your computer's data.

* Tried going to Best Buy, but self-consumed mom with 2 year old in shopping cart was tying up 5 laptops at once, (the very ones I was interested in, of course) while trying to keep the little one pacified. Yeah, that was working real well. Hint: Leave the rugrats at home unless you're shopping at Toys-R-Us.


Cappy said...

Buahaha. A wired world, bringing the excitement and fun of systems programming, once only performed by trained professionals, to your life and right up your a**. I hears ya. Don't sign the waiver allowing drinking milk from the carton in the refrigerator. The cat can fend for itself.

BTW, does the phrase "book 'em, Danno" annoy you? If so, where have you hid the bodies of drinking buddies that have overused it?

Dan O. said...

One never discloses where the bodies are buried or weighted down in deep waters. heh. Actually, I don't hear that phrase very often. And it probably wouldn't bother me much if I did. I can be pretty annoying myself. Hard to believe, I know!