Monthly Archives: February 2015

What a Hot Mess 2

Ack, excuse my prior post. Microsoft always did get me riled up. After many hours of effort I finally got the carnage that is Windows 8 to look something like a desktop OS. I downloaded a tweak to get the start button back and locked out the hideous cacophony known as their start screen. I don’t know if all the crap is still going on somewhere (live news feeds (of the trendy style), advertisements, advertisements and more advertisements) in the background, but at least it is out of my face.

Then I had to spend some time figuring out how to lock out their search engine, Bing. They REALLY want you to use Bing, and, being Microsoft, they have no shame in letting you know THEY REALLY WANT YOU TO USE BING.

Then I changed the settings to make updates from Microsoft manual so it wasn’t always checking in the background. So it got revenge on me for that by canceling my change and slamming me with 66 updates that took about 2 hours to upload and install. Most of those were security updates because MS is like fresh fish walking naked into prison with his wrists strapped to his ankles and his buttocks freshly vaseline slathered.

One thing I do like is what they have done with Word. Now that I like. They should put whoever runs Office in charge of the entire company. Then take whoever thought up getting rid of the Start button and replacing it with that horrendous Start Page – strap their wrist to their ankles and…


What a Hot Mess

I haven’t used a PC since 2005 when I switched to Mac. One of the smarter choices I made in life, btw. But I’m taking a class that demanded a Windows PC machine, so I went out and bought one. Some of the PC’s had Windows 7 on them and some had Windows 8 on them.

Well, I figured, here are two PC laptops with pretty much the same hardware configurations and price, but this one has Windows 8. I should get this one – more current, right?

Wow, what a stinking, frothy pile of shit. I have always thought Windows sucked, in fact I was using SusE Linux by 2002 so it has been 13 years since I’ve been in a Windows environment or even paid attention to anything about the company.

And in those years I have been s-p-o-i-l-e-d. You get a Mac, you turn it on, 10 minutes of configuration and you are off doing your stuff and not looking back. Malware what, virus who? Not to mention its universal ease of use.

Back to Windows land was a life sucking nightmare (I had prepared for that possibility). I thought that MS would just be following Apple’s lead and there would be little difference. I forgot that MS manages to fuck up every good idea. I am now on hour 3 of trying to get some semblance to an operating system on this thing.

Where is the Start button? They got rid of it??? What a bunch of dopes! The start screen is a madhouse that looks like it was hacked together by a couple of students. It was like dipping into an acid induced Heraclitean flux. I also bought Office 2013 (AM NOT DOING OFFICE 365 a-holes!!!) but could not get the activation going because the new version of their email program wouldn’t show me the confirmation email MS sent me to make sure it was really me downloading the program.

Tell you what. I paid $250 for your stinking bloatware, I gave you my 25 character activation code, alright, you’re MS, I get it, you suck. But where is the email?!??!

After simply going to one of my Macs and getting the email from there, I forwarded the email they sent and was able to get my Office that I paid for. [I’m the one with the keycode! I either bought it, or killed the man who did! Either way the extra step is reason #399,989,567,897 I HATE YOU!!!!)

Turns out the email program in Windows 8 no longer accepts email accounts that run on POP3 even though there are millions upon millions of such accounts the world over. Comcast’s email accounts are POP3 accounts.

I don’t even want to get into charms. And, for some reason some pop up thingy keeps appearing in the bottom left corner of the screen and all along the right side.

Well, time to start hour four! I am now tracking down tweaks that will give me some semblance of an operating system and not some insipid virtual kiosk to buy more Microsoft products.

But one final word. I can certainly say in the Mac vs. Windows debate (which was over in at least 2005) Windows is simply embarrassing. And it is no longer even a matter of taste.

Windows 8 = One Hot Mess

I mean, Christ, what a piece of shit!

Terrible, terrible, product. Why are people still using this crap?