Hate is a strong word, but I definitely don’t love Microsoft

The acid test. I switched on the new laptop and . . .

Let’s just say that things did not go quite as well as they could have done. I forgot my PIN number, then had to recover it. That was when I forgot the password to the new email account I had set up to use this machine. After that it got slightly trickier. However, it finally came right and I have stored the passwords, even though this sort of misses the point of passwords.

I really must get myself sorted out, but after what happened last time I set a computer up I don’t want to take any chances. What happened, you ask? I wish I knew. Somehow I got locked in a circle that I couldn’t break out of. Eventually Microsoft refused to recognise me at all, wouldn’t allow me to access any features  and the only thing I was able to do was to pay. I corrected that by cancelling the payments via Paypal. That’s why I started using Apache Open Office, and, eventually, lost all my work. I can only blame myself in the end, but Microsoft and its intransigence played a part.

Something else I noticed tonight was that it is no longer possible to select a default browser with one push of a button. I’m used to using Chrome, so that’s what I want to carry on with. To replace Microsoft Edge as the default browser you now have to sect it a dozen times, once for each confusing thing that it apparently now does. If I was a cynic, and if I’d ever read Inside the Nudge Unit, I might suggest that Microsoft is trying to manipulate me.

All in all, I think it’s time for a revolution. Half of me wants to stick to Apache, but the other half of me wants the easy life of rolling over and surrendering to Microsoft. I am going to have to do some serious thinking.

That’s not me in the picture, but it’s the only picture of a laptop in my media file.

18 thoughts on “Hate is a strong word, but I definitely don’t love Microsoft

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Really I should be grateful for everything at my fingertips. It is so much easier than it used to be. I remember having to load all my ebay stuff using FTP, which always felt like throwing my work in the air and waiting to see what came back.

  1. Anonymous

    Ugh, any kind of new technology is always a tragedy for me. I just don’t adapt easily to technology. So I feel you. Hope it smooths out for you.

  2. tootlepedal

    I am an Open Office user and have found it very stable. It is probably the kiss of death to say that of course. I use Firefox as my browser and DuckDuckgo as my search engine as I am trying not to be nudged as far as possible. But you can’t escape, I realise that.


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