Short and sweet venting moment - so please make sure that your seat belt is tightened and that a clear clicking noise is heard when your shoulder
harness deploys. If not, please let a ride operator know immediately, before the ride begins.
What is there left to say? I've been with you since nearly the beginning, through most of the thick and the thin. You forced me to expand my horizons,
early on, by making me learn how to use a terminal and configure a winsock. You made me feel like a whole new world was about to explode when I
watched the included video of Weezer singing "Buddy Holly" on my computer as I looked at my fresh install of Windows 95. That start button, the
ability to wallpaper my desktop, the magic of autodetecting my hardware and installing ( some of ) it without me having to battle with drivers and
endless configuration tweaks?
It was magic.
Then the problems began. You introduced me to our mutual friend, BSOD and I spent nearly as much time with BSOD as I did with you. But I hung in
there. Day after day new problems arose... others could take over my computer and flip my screen upside down for lulz and, still, I stayed. You let
total strangers send modem strings that could do all sort of horrible things to my computer - and I held fast. Issue after issue, and I was right
Then Windows 98 came out and, while I was happy, it all felt a bit stale.
Then XP and the same feeling that I'd somehow seen it all already.
But when you pulled Vista out of your bag of tricks? Well enough was enough and I had to draw the line somewhere. I fell into the behavior typical of
a battered consumer and went back to XP to hide from your monstrous and horrible machinations. New version after new version I hid in XP... But you.
You couldn't let me be happy, could you? You couldn't stand the thought of me feeling secure? So you STOPPED supporting XP and forced my hand.
I left you. For quite a long time I refused to even speak to you. I found someone else, Linux, and I was happy.
Then again, you weren't worried, were you. You knew the truth. You knew I'd be back. After all AAA gaming almost mandates having to be with you,
doesn't it? You knew that, one day, I would get rid of my horribly outdated computer ( that couldn't run AAA games anyway ) and finally have to
advance. You lay in wait for that day and you smirked when it came.
Only I was shocked when I finally took you back. All the negative I had heard about Windows 8.1 and yet I found myself happy with it. Stable,
responsive, easy to use... and no more having to share you with BSOD. It was like the good old days all over again - AND I could play any game I
Then you pulled the stunt. You HAD to go and pull the freaking stunt... "Reserve your upgrade to Windows 10 TODAY" you splashed on every Windows
machine around. Your ego kicked back in and you forgot that most of the people using your product have no clue at all about computers - other than you
can Google dirty things on them and argue on forums.
You scared a LOT of people yesterday. I know this because all of those frightened people messaged me, in a sheer panic, wanting to know if they had a
virus or not. Surely MICROSOFT would never create an invasive app that parks itself RIGHT IN THE TASKBAR and demands to be seen, dealt with, and
replied to... and then stays there - haunting the user.
You'd never do that? Right?
Then why the HELL am I staring at that invasive little white flag right now? Huh? WHY are my FB and email inboxes getting hammered with messages from
freaked out friends and relatives over it?
Don't lie to me. I've known you for nearly thirty years and I can read you like a book. It's your Apple envy again, isn't it. You are still envious of
the iCampers who'll sit for weeks in the snow just to get the newest overpriced WHATEVER that Apple decides to sell. The iRock? A stone with an Apple
logo on it, retailing for $799.99? It'd sell out in 3 hours and they'd have to produce ten million more to satisfy fanboi demand.
I understand your envy. I honestly do. Apple gets praised for making a computer that top end prices at $30k and looks like a trash can - but is only
as good as a $2,000 PC. I get it. Honestly. But you have to understand something Windows... You are not as sexy as Apple. You lack the charisma.
You'll never sell a $30,000.00 trash can. It's just not you
... so PLEASE quit trying to fit into that niche.
This marketing gimmick. It's too much, too soon, and all so horribly, horribly wrong. It's like divorce worthy.
Am I going to have to leave you again?
edit on 6/3/15 by Hefficide because: (no reason given)