Microsoft's Vista - OS or Peeping Tom?
It's An OS / It's An Ad-server / It's A Peeping Tom
Check out this patent application. Pretty much turns your operating system into a server of targeted ads. But that's not all. No sir-ee! The sources listed for making ad-serving decisions include: "...user document files, user email, user music files, podcast files, computer status messages, and a profile database storing existing tag data." It other words ALL YOUR PERSONAL FILES! Now that's innovation!
Try Then Buy Before Your Files Die
In order to increase uptake on Office 2007, Microsoft has put in place a "Try Before You Buy" program. The kicker for users is that "trying" Office 2007 will convert any files the program touches to Redmond's new document format, a process from which there is no return unless you get a compatibility pack that allows you to get access to your important documents.
Legal Discovery? Why It's Built In
I'll let this tidbit speak for itself:
Vista—Microsoft’s latest operating system—may prove to be most appropriately named, especially for those seeking evidence of how a computer was used.Automatic backups, "shadow file copies", detailed system transaction records...a litigator's paradise!
Suzie-Q... Good idea. Just the Vista EULA by itself is enough to keep me from ever moving to it.
Let's Talk... Ironically, this time around, the customers know it's a waste of money as well.
But I WILL cleanse my computing jones from microsoft products, eventually.
Over 90% of computers use some sort of Windoze. If everybody else is doing it, I usually run as fast as I can from it, and in this case, Microsoft be gone!!
UndeniableL... Mandrake? Eeeeewwww, go for Ubuntu. As for getting rid of MS, OpenOffice.org is the way forward, once it's up to snuff MS is done.
I just deleted it and put my old Office 2000 on. Fark em!
Lew... That's the spirit!
Romunov... Right you are. Mac OSX is in the same boat. As it becomes more popular, malicious code developers will pay more attention.
Thanks for the heads-up on the file conversion feature.
I'm still having a hard time dealing with it that all my cool Win98 utilities won;t work with XP.
Sometimes, I think I like those utilities better than the OS....
ProgressiveT... Glad I could help. Seriously though, try OpenOffice you won't regret it.
Neil... I know it sounds hokey, but shadow files are a problem for many OSs and programs. Take Quicken for example. Even though I keep my financial data on an encrypted volume, Quicken places unencrypted backup copies in my home directory, and this is on a Mac!
MS no doubt considers this an upgrade, because it is intentionally designed that way. Whereas on my XP laptop it happens seemingly because MS couldn't design a way to stop it.
Not to let Norton off the hook though. Recently my laptop was repeatedly rebooting on its own because of several viruses which got onto XP despite Norton Antivirus running constantly.
I found the viruses using Super Antispyware. Funny, then Norton piped up and noticed the viruses too. Lazy bastard.