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As opposed to hot-male
Which, I think I would prefer…
It wasn’t too long ago that hotmail and other web-based(?) mail programs were used to sign into/up to various ‘sites’ on the web because we didn’t want the world to know our real name or real statistics; we wanted to be a part of the fun, but not to endure targeted ads or ‘helpful’ improvements designed specifically for us through the use of algorithms and whatnots to ensure our experience is as rich and full as they want it to be.
All of that has, apparently, changed…
Now hotmail (and others) insist on ‘knowing’ who/m is using their services. They want a verification that you are who/m you say you are and you have only ONE account associated with any given phone number.
Whoa… wait a minute! Back the train up here. PHONE number? When did I agree to offer a phone number? As far as I can tell, it is MY choice whether or not I wish to ‘verify’ my account(s). And, as far as I can ascertain, they have not changed that stipulation. Oh, but wait!
Yes, now they need to verify you so they can alert you if anything untoward happens to your account, or if someone hijacks it and begins using it for nefarious purposes. So far, the only one hijacking my VERIFIED ALREADY account(s) are/is the conductor of the site itself; yup, Microsoft.
When I signed up to hotmail I wasn’t as web savvy as I am now (and that ain’t sayin’a whole lot!) and I happily punched in all my ‘real’ info; yup, even verified with a phone number. And since the induction of Windows 8, and subsequently 8.1, I have been requested three times to re-verify my account(s). I no longer care to share my ‘real’ info with them if they cannot keep it safe during upgrades.
I now have two ‘un-verified’ accounts while my verified ones gasp pathetically and cry, “Why? Why have you abandoned us? What did we do wrong?” Oh, my name is still real, but the verification of it will never be known, you’ll just have to take my word for it…
Now, to wait until Google decides to take the same stance…
Why do they ask us to verify if they are not going to store the information permanently?
I know I have been griping about this for a while, but it really irks me that I went through all the trouble of establishing myself (twice, actually) if they keep changing the rules, I’m quitting the game… I haven’t got the knowledge to beat them at their game, so I will just refuse to play…
Next time: Happier thoughts! (I have found and COMPLETED my novels series and am awaiting covers…)
Stop right here if you want to read something that makes sense.
Stop here if you want to read something that is happy and light.
I’ve warned you.
This is an angry, p*ssed as H*LL blog that I need to plonk down before I flippin’ explode!
Is anyone else experiencing the friggen nightmare of VERIFYING your accounts?
I VERIFY when I sign in – up; WHY do you need me to do it EVERY TIME MICROF*CKINGSOFT UPGRADES???
I have no ZERO e-mail accounts I have access to. Yup: ZERO.
Well, okay, as of RIGHT now, I have TWO, and they exist because I created them not more than… well, probably an hour ago.
Am I happy about this? Oh yah, thrilled; tickled pink; couldn’t be happier… I’m a damn fine liar, aren’t I?
I now have the FUN of going into ALL of my accounts that used my e-mail and changing THEM; at least I can still do THAT… for now; I’m sure once Microsh*t reads this (cause, yeh, they’re going to… *rolls eyes*), I’m sure they’ll find a way to make me verify before I can switch.
I don’t know if this has to do with HeartBleed or not; frankly I don’t give a sh*t; this started with the download of 8.1 and has been the same nightmare that their ‘highly-touted’ Vista produced… anyone wanna bet that 8.1 is just VISTA re-packaged and shoved down our throats?
So, if you are trying to reach me, sorry, don’t have those accounts any more – and now? Now because I have to re-create new accounts, HeartBleed will INDEED have my information…
Anyone care to place bets that HeartBleed is a program developed by NSA??? (Yeah, I DO believe it.)
Well, sorry folks; not much to read except my frustration – yet again – of MS… can someone talk to my husband and convince him we don’t NEED MS??? There are LOTS of other options available, MS is soooooo outdated; even when it’s updated…
Have a great week… I’ll keep my fingers crossed that WordPress holds my VERIFIED account better than MS does…
I really, truly do. It would make life so much simpler and would ease anxiety levels tremendously!
It seems everyone wants a piece of us. Well, truthfully they really ONLY want a piece of our pay envelope, us they couldn’t care less about. It’s just that we, unfortunately stand between our pay packet and those greedily sucking it dry.
“We will do anything we want with any information you choose to share with us or that we gather from your computer during your visit. We do not intentionally infiltrate your computer, but what we find we will use in accordance with our policy outlined above. If you don’t like this, tough. Go away.”
I mean, sure, it’s blunt and would scare me away, but, it’s TRUTHFUL, unlike most of the policies which are mired in legalese and ambiguous statements.
“Google Play”: Special legal privacy protections for users may apply in cases where law enforcement or civil litigants ask Google for information about what books an individual user has looked at.
Yes, they have ‘special legal privacy protection’, but between you, me and the judge; they protect Google NOT us…
And, yup, they (Google+) store the last five pages of any book you read, as well as a complete collection of everything you’ve read or purchased. (I noticed they also collected information from ANOTHER website, not associated with Google+, I was logged in to, and recorded what I’d read THERE. Just thought you might find THAT interesting…) Not sure which part of the “Special Legal Privacy Protection” rule they invoked for that, but until they recorded it there was no issue…
This recording of our reading habits will help law enforcement, HOW? (Well, all right, if you are accused of blowing up a building and the last book you read was ‘How to Build a Better Bomb’? I can see the relevance, but I don’t see why Google should need to store that; re-creation Forensic Scientists can (easily) de-construct the computer and see what I last read without Google feeling the need to pretend it’s because of Law Enforcement, or so my account can be synchronised.)
BUT, it’s this statement below that makes my blood boil (and should ‘tick-off’ everyone).
You give me a ‘freebie’ I don’t ask for and tell me my computer experience will not be as enriching if I choose NOT to use it and yet don’t GUARANTEE the product is safe; DON’T guarantee it’s conducting itself in a way that is inline with your policies; and suggest I ‘check out their policy’ before using the product???
If a product comes PRE-INSTALLED WITH ANOTHER ONE, I DON’T CARE IF IT IS FROM A THIRD PARTY – YOU BETTER BE DAMN SURE YOU GUARANTEE THE PRODUCT FULLY!!! IF YOU DON’T TRUST IT, WHY THE HELL SHOULD I???
Sorry for yelling (and swearing) but I’m hoping program developers (particularly Google’s) are listening.
I know they are not and don’t care about my concerns – heck, if you want to be private, don’t use the internet, right??? Such a cop out.
They don’t want to create programs that don’t let NSA, CSIS, SIS (or MI5), keep careful tabs on us so they dress it up under the disguise of “personalised ads”. (PO Personal Opinion.) At least I am still ahead of them on that and have not seen a single ad that even ‘kinda’ interests me…
I must be doing something wrong…
Or they’ve already got enough cookies and markers stuffed in my computer to track me any and everywhere. I’m thinking this is probably the correct response. (PO)
Have fun and say “hi” to the authorities as you pass them lurking along the information highway greedily misdirecting traffic; tell them I say ‘hi’, too… ‘cause I’m not speaking to them!
What policies have you come across that make you scratch your head and say, “What’s the point? Here’s my first born, blood-type, DNA sample and link to everything I MIGHT EVER ‘like’…”
- Google Chrome Privacy
- GoogleBooks Privacy
- Quitting MS Forever
- MS E-Mail Snoop
- FBI Pays
- NSA – NOT Bulk
- One Hundred Percent of NON-US Calls
- How to Screw Them Back
- Does Privacy Matter? (Photo1 Credit)
- ALC, Information Security Training Courses (Photo2 Credit)
I’ve been playing with Win 8.1 for a few days now. I am NOT a fan. (Maybe I just don’t like change?) I have been avoiding this upgrade for months now; I don’t know what caused me to accept the notices that kept annoying me… I suppose I don’t like change for change’s sake; if you follow.
They (MS) are so proud that they’ve offered us back our “start button” in the form of a link that drifts you to their new ‘charms’.
Charms are what used to be known as ‘program shortcuts’; or possibly a better term would be ‘program folders’.
I find them, or rather the NAME, highly condescending.
‘Charms.’ Was it chosen to ‘charm’ us into thinking they were cute? Was it chosen in hope that we would be charmed by them? In my case, epic fail. In yours? Who knows; you may find the name ‘charming’. So, basically the same as Win 8; NO START BUTTON.
Oh! But when you upgrade, they, (MS), offers you many new apps that make the heartbreak of losing all your files and photos and programs much easier to handle.
Like a Recipe App. (Called ‘Food and Drink’.) Uh-huh. An app that includes ADS with your recipes. I want this WHY? It has all sorts of sections to categorise their stuff. Oh! Sorry, spoiler alert! Yah, it’s organised for the app not for you; sorry, should have mentioned there was going to be a spoiler. There’s oh, heck, check out ANY recipe program on the market, they’re all basically the same and MS doesn’t have anything new to offer with this app except their choice of ads. NEXT…
An app I MIGHT find interesting if I can get the bells to actually SOUND, is the Alarm app. An alarm; laps (???) and stopwatch. I seriously doubt I’m going to use a LAP timer, I suppose if it were in my phone it’s possible… OH! WAIT! I already HAVE one in my phone… Well, the alarm thing-y seem good; again, IF the bells will sound.
There were others. Let me think, (or cheat and peek). Right. The ‘Helps & Tips’ app.. Anyone have a good reason why this was included? I checked it out. I have to say that not even if you were the stupidest person on planet Earth could you find this app helpful. Really. Either that or I AM the stupidest person on the planet because I can find zero redeeming qualities for this app/program.
The Reading List. Can you say ‘redundant’? Say it twice and you’ll be approaching the waste of programming… ooops sorry…. waste of apping… (since we don’t have programs any more, I suppose we don’t have programmers, but this is just a jump in logic that I have; not sure anyone else is on board yet…). I mean, find something you don’t have time to read now… Why were you looking for it for in the first place? But, still, I get it, you find an article you don’t have time to read, or want to reread and don’t want to bookmark the page, you can now stuff it into this app and it will hold it for you like an overstuffed trash can; and, as long as you install it on your PHONE (or mobile) you can share those bits that you saved. (Of course, if you are using your laptop, *sigh* or desktop *double sigh*, you can’t share. You’ll need to do it the regular way: bookmark the page and share the address…) App included, WHY? (They already have One Note to do this?)
Scan App. Not sure what this does at all. I have a scanner. Why do I need another one? Or an app that scans for me?
Sound Recorder. What’s wrong with the one I have already? If I am recording sound for any REAL purpose, I already have a sound recorder that is far superior to a ‘free one’ and, if I’m NOT recording sound, specifically, why do I need one? Another uselessly bundled prograpp…
(Like that? My newest word-invention. Prograpp… so they’d be prograppers… Hey! If MS can make up words, so can I!!!)
Printer Control. Uh-m… pretty sure I control my printers just fine, thank you; don’t see a need for an app to become the middle man.
Google something or other. Haven’t opened this one yet, just noticed it. I suppose I’m going to need it, right? Uh-huh. I’ll let you know… (waiting on pins and needles, aren’t you?)
And OH! forgot the Calculator App… so useless I deleted it first off! I mean, it didn’t even recognise the keyboard and only provided for the mouse… really? Really? *sigh*…
These apps and the trouble to traipse back through all the settings, because, OF COURSE! MS is CERTAIN I wanted all my settings reverted to their favourites, *sigh* (’cause it’s so much more polite than what I’m REALLY thinking…) drove me batty and are NOT helping the migraine I am still dealing with!
The single thing that has me worried though, is the little blurp, when you are finally allowed to take YOUR computer back; about not being able to ‘sync’ your files until you provide a security code. I screwed up and entered the wrong e-mail address for the code to go to and MS, in all its wisdom assumes that a mistake is as good as an attempt to circumvent procedures and does NOT provide for a correction. I have a double protection on my e-mail; do they ask for the secondary security measure? NOPE… they go straight to, “You “F’d” up go to jail, go directly to jail; do not pass go; do not collect $200.” (I wonder if my ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ card will work here?)
As far as I understand things, because it won’t permit me to change the BACKUP address (not that I’m changing it; just correcting the one I entered) I have one option: Let MS shut my account down for 30-days. This apparently ensures that no one else is using my account.
It also ensures that I won’t be using my account. And, since MS insists that my computer be strangled… errr… tied to a hotmail/live/outlook/something they can trace… I am not at all certain if the warning; something to the effect that I would have 7-days to complete this directive before Bill Gates send minions to infiltrate my computer and render it useless until I comply with their extortion demands…; will actually render my computer useless for 30-days, something to which, I assure you, had it been included in the warnings before I downloaded 8.1, would NOT have resulted in my downloaded of the fascist operating system. (I don’t even really know WHAT 8.1 IS.)
To this end, I think I have one, maybe two days left before the proverbial stinky-stuff hits the spinning apparatus and flings odoriferous-pucks throughout the land, infecting everything with the unpleasant odour of bully-ism…
PS: I’ve also just noticed that when I try to comment, occasionally the window freezes and I am forced to shut down and start again. I’ve no idea if this is a WordPress issue or a Win 8.1 issue; or, could it possibly be, something else???
So, once again I tediously try and figure out why my computer hates me… Enjoy your day! *smile*
Okay, I got a ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ card today. (My husband wrote it for the Doctor; tellin’ him not to worry ’bout my BP.)
My blood pressure was spiking; I have a migraine that is ready to take the top of my head off and I had an appointment with the Doc.
I’m not sure WHY I did it yesterday; I really ought to have known better. When you have a Dr’s appointment, NEVER do anything to raise your blood pressure before going to see him or all he’s going to do is focus on THAT! *sigh*
(Of course, I have the type of blood that, as soon as it knows the Doc is going to put that cuff on me, shoots up and may as well become a flippin’ volcano!)
Today’s blood pressure fiasco actually began yesterday (I started to tell you this…) when I, for some reason unknown to mankind, decided that FINE! If MS isn’t going to stop PESTERING me to upload/download/install 8.1 I might as well as get the deed over with.
(I seriously think the blood pressure cuff and MS are in cahoots; should check into what they donate to…)
So, I BACKED UP my computer. (Yeah, learned my lesson from the LAST update!) Then I backed it (EVERYTHING in my computer) up (again) to a removable drive. Then I disconnected the drive and told it to behave while I messed up the system; I hope it was listening.
Then I closed everything; performed the ‘checks’ as suggested. Found only one issue (or so it SAID.) Searched, the only way to mitigate the issue 8.1 ‘discovered’ was having to purchase a new program; not happening on my finances. The one I have works perfectly well and does not require updating or replacement as far as I am concerned.
Everything happy? Okay, read the agreement and policy.
Why do they bother? A simple,
“We will do whatever the h*ll we want with your information and if you want to continue using your computer just click ‘I agree’ and be prepared to have your life put under a microscope. Or leave; we don’t want you if you’re not willing to hand over your first-born,”
would suffice. Honestly, just reading what I was going to be giving away boggled my imagination! It’s not much WONDER MS is attacked so often. Maybe if they’d just STOP trying to be EVERYTHING?
So, yup, blood squirting from my ears, I pressed update. It tells me I can use the computer while the update is taking place and it won’t affect the download at all… SURE…
I chose to go lie down and relieve the pounding in my brain. Migraines are really no fun.
I peeked after two hours; four hours; six hours… At least my head was resting and I stopped vomiting. (TMI?)
After NINE hours it was shouting at me that, “if I didn’t hit the restart button NOW, it would do it for itself in 6:59; 58, 57, 56…” I clicked restart, then went back and laid down for another two-hours.
YIPPEE!!! It’s ready…
Or not. Now it wants to VERIFY me as being the same person who created the e-mail address and has been the ONLY person using the computer for the past year. REALLY? (First-born gone, now they’re aiming for the second?)
- Okay, fine.
- Enter e-mail.
- Request “code”.
Wrong e-mail for recovery. I know that; but it is too late, I’ve clicked okay already! Sh*t!
You know what? It’s nearly eleven pm; I started this sometime around 6:30 this morning; I have a raging migraine and damn it, this can wait until morning! How do I shut the thing down?
WHAT DO YOU MEAN I HAVE TO SET IT UP BEFORE I CAN SHUT DOWN?!? Don’t you DARE!
Finally spotted the little, “I’ll do this later,” link and clicked it. Then, instead of just shutting down, as I KNOW I should have, I HAD to test to see what this 8.1 had done to my computer. Changes were/are everywhere. I tested one program; more by accident than design, and thought it was going to start up and everything would be fine. Then it stopped, refusing to continue without the disc; NOT the program I had been warned wouldn’t cooperate when the update was complete… What other surprises await?
After bleeding out (yeah, red computer now…) I couldn’t take the shock. I found shut down; shut down and went to bed, tears hovering. (Yeah, sensitive and EASILY upset… my head hurts, back off… *smile*). I decided there was nothing I could do. If everything was gone; it was gone. I have a backup. I promised myself I wasn’t going to cry over spilt milk. (But I swear I was ready to empty the damn cow!)
Today, my blood pressure has been riding the cusp of explosion and raging. I have managed to restore MOST of my settings and delete the new apps MS decided I MUST want. (Yeah, no thanks; well, maybe that alarm one…)
Nearly fall off my chair when I see the request to save everything to the web. MS’s ‘secure’ – yeah, right, space. I read the notice twice to be sure I was reading it correctly. The default selected to save everything to the web, NOT my computer. (Yeah, YOU are probably aware of this, I was not.) I chose the other option. I don’t require my documents to follow me around. I work on them using ONE computer. I don’t trust web-based storage. Too easily compromised. For now it’s free; what about after they’ve got all your documents and you cannot live without it? Yep, not going to get caught in THAT web.
So, now I have most of my computer back the way I like it. Still unable to do some things and it does p*ss me off. Especially when it tells me I don’t HAVE admin permissions. I AM THE ONLY PERSON USING THIS COMPUTER – WHO ELSE WOULD HAVE THE DAMNED ADMIN. PERMISSIONS?!? (Yeah, I know; I don’t operate in the admin. account all the time, but when updating or installing? I HAVE TO.)
Now, if I understand the world correctly, I have seven days before MS again gets its panties in a bunch and threatens to cut off my left arm. At this point, from all things I can understand and have read, I shall lose the use of my e-mail address for 30-days while they confirm my identity to use the account. Again.
I updated to 8.1, WHY?
THESE are the things I need to know before deciding to update. Not how much ram and whatnot. I’d feel far less stressed (and my doctor would be much happier) if updates would give HONEST, clear directions as to what the update is going to do.
I now have a prescription for happy-pills… they should knock me out, taking care of the migraine – unfortunately not MS! My blood pressure was surprisingly low… the doctor didn’t scold – much… (I’m keepin’ my get-out-of-jail-free card for next time…)
Anyone else have a horror story for MS 8.1? I pray not…