I was reading another article on the Internet and now I’m mad.
“What! An article on the Internet made you mad? How shocking!”
OK, actually, it was the comments that made me mad…
“WHAT! Internet commenters made you mad?! How? Where? Have you even been on the Internet before?!?!”
Ok, I get it. Reading Internet comments is stupid. They’re full of flamewars, trolls, fan boys/girls, opinionated jerks, and people who are just plain rude.
But here’s the thing I came to realize in my (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ rage.
(that’s “table flipping” for you non-internet speakers)
This particular article was about a new type of popup in Windows 10. If you don’t use the Edge browser, apparently it will pop up a little notification-bubble-like popup (like a square version of the old bubble notifications in Windows) that tells you how Edge is so much faster and you should give it a try.
Then you click the “X” and it goes away.
Will it ever come back? IDK I use Edge all the time, so it never bothers me. I’m also a Windows Insider so I get notifications all the time telling me about new features and asking me to rate them.
Apparently, however, you can turn off “suggestions” and other similar notifications in Windows 10.
But people aren’t happy about that. According to the Internet, no other software developer shows tips, hints, tricks, or suggestions upon first installing or using the software….
Even websites will show “tutorials” or “tips” when you first sign up.
But did you know that Windows is constantly communicating with Microsoft servers!
Did you also know that in order for your computer to get updates it has to?
But this guy, man, he turned off all that stuff, and the computer was still sending packets to Microsoft servers!
Well, first, let’s try and go this route: Microsoft is a big company. They run servers for their own software which includes but is not limited to Windows Updates, Windows Store updates and app updates, Office, Windows Defender, Xbox services, and more.
brb I have to catch this Paras…
… I guess that was pointless, because you’re not reading me typing in real time… but, hey, I caught it!
Besides these services, Microsoft runs Azure servers that many other companies use. There might be a server out there that some program on your computer uses that technically belongs to Microsoft so it looks like your computer is communicating with a Microsoft server, when in fact it is some other program communicating with what happens to be a Microsoft server which is where their information, data, storage, or applications are stored. Not to mention that the computer could be downloading emails, sending usage statistics (that everyone collects, btw), or downloading updates that you just can’t refuse I’m sorry get over it.
This isn’t even the worst of it, though. If you don’t like Windows, I don’t care. Go to Apple, Linux, Chromebooks, or whatever. I really don’t care if you’re one of the idiots who thinks it’s OK to continue to use Windows XP; an operating system that will never get whatever security holes it still contains patched up. You do you.
But the issue is when these people whine and complain about having to use a system with so many “problems” from a company they believe is trying to control their software! How dare they?
The solution is simple: stop using Windows if you don’t want to use Windows!
“But what about all the Windows software I’ve continued to purchase for the last 20 years?”
“I’ve built up a library of programs that I can’t just move to Linux.”
“You’re a butt face!”
If you don’t like Windows, and you’ve been tired of Microsoft for some time now, why didn’t you move to MAC years ago? Then you wouldn’t have this big library of software that you could only use on Windows machines…
You would have had to purchase a duplicate at some time, maybe. But if you would have switched computers when you upgraded your software, you would have successfully removed yourself from the Windows ecosystem years ago.
The fact that these people stay on Windows, even though they could purchase software for other systems (or put up with the free software you can find for Linux systems, even) tells me that they don’t really care about the OS they use.
They don’t want to move off of Windows. They just want to complain about how bad it is because it makes them feel better. And every time something so small as an unobtrusive popup notification appears, that is just as easily dismissed, that’s fuel for the flamewar.
My point is, if you hate it so much, then why don’t you divorce it?
Don’t tell me how much you think Windows sucks when you keep on buying software for Windows.
P.S. – (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻