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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…)

*hugs*
~khrys…

 

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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’. 

Photo of desktop showing MS 8.1

This is the new ‘START’ button… Yup, yup it is…

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.

NOT.
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…

Fingers crossed…

*hugs*
~khrys…

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* 

Insanity: When the law is so far from reality you shake your head and throw your hands in the air.
(Thanks to Tech Thoughts Daily Net News for this.)

And, if YES, why for you not tell the rest of us…? *wry grin*

Although I am SURE I have read this in the past, (only because I THINK I have an account… not sure if it’s hotmail, or what they mean, but that isn’t important…right now, anyway), but I am relearning Excel. (When you don’t do something for a long time, you tend to forget the short-cuts and rules etc…). To do one (or any, I suppose) of the tutorials (which, BTW are a JOKE!) you need to agree with this agreement, or, as always, don’t use the products.

Okay, as ALWAYS I read (want to put ‘red’ LOL) the agreement, and, as always I don’t understand it. Basically, most of these agreements say, (my words), “We promise to offer you this fantastic product completely at your own risk. Agree or don’t use.”

Reading, I was stopped DEAD in my tracks… (okay, so my butt made a deeper groove in the seat), by the following: (Torn to shreds by me, but left intact in each point form. IE: RED = my comment; BOLDING = I did it; their words.)

Microsoft services agreement

Excerpted from Microsoft Services Agreement. Click here for entire agreement.

3.3. What does Microsoft do with my content? When you upload your content to the services, you agree that it may be used, modified, adapted, saved, reproduced, distributed, and displayed to the extent necessary to protect you and to provide, protect and improve Microsoft products and services. For example, we may occasionally use automated means to isolate information from email, chats, or photos in order to help detect and protect against spam and malware, or to improve the services with new features that makes them easier to use. When processing your content, Microsoft takes steps to help preserve your privacy.

(GRANTED MOST VIRUS PROGRAMS ISOLATE INFO TO DIVERT TO CORRECT BOXES, BUT THEY ARE NOT USING THE CONTENT FOR THEIR BENEFIT.) 

3.4. Does Microsoft have voice enabled services? Yes. If you use voice enabled services, you consent to Microsoft recording and collecting your voice input. The voice input will be used to provide the voice enabled services to you and improve Microsoft products and services. Microsoft won’t use your voice input for any other purpose.

(WHAT OTHER PURPOSE IS THERE?)

3.5. What type of content isn’t permitted? Content that violates this agreement (which includes the Microsoft Anti-Spam Policy and the Microsoft Code of Conduct) or your local law isn’t permitted on the services. Microsoft reserves the right to review content for the purpose of enforcing this agreement. Microsoft may block or otherwise prevent delivery of any type of email, instant message, or other communication to or from the services as part of our effort to protect the services or our customers, or otherwise enforce the terms of this agreement. 

5.1. Does Microsoft collect my personal information? Your privacy is important to us. We use certain information that we collect from you to operate and provide the services. Additionally, as part of the services, we may also automatically upload information about your machine, your use of the services, and services performance. We may use technologies, such as placing cookies on your machine, to help us gather such information. Please read the Microsoft Online Privacy Statement to learn how we use and protect your information.

(LONG WINDED WAY OF SAYING “YES, WE COLLECT AND USE YOUR INFO FOR OUR BENEFIT.”)

5.2. Does Microsoft disclose my personal information outside of Microsoft? You consent and agree that Microsoft may access, disclose, or preserve information associated with your use of the services, including (without limitation) your personal information and content, or information that Microsoft acquires about you through your use of the services (such as Internet Protocol address or other third-party information) when Microsoft forms a good faith belief that doing so is necessary (a) to comply with applicable law or to respond to legal process from competent authorities; (b) to enforce this agreement or protect the rights or property of Microsoft or our customers; or (c) to help prevent a loss of life or serious physical injury to anyone.

(AN EVEN LONGER WINDED WAY OF SAYING “YES, WE DISCLOSE YOUR INFO FOR OUR BENEFIT.”)

13. You may be able to access third-party websites or services via the services. Microsoft isn’t responsible for third-party websites, services, or content available through those third-party services. You are solely responsible for your dealings with third-parties (including advertisers). Your use of third-party websites or services may be subject to that third-party’s terms and conditions.

(SO, EVEN THOUGH MS STEERS YOU TO THESE SITES VIA ‘HELP’, THEY TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEM BEING SPAMMY-MALWARE FILLED HACKING SITES; BUT PLEASE, “TRUST US (MS)…”)

And I thought e-mail was PRIVATE. And that those sites I’m diverted to, via the HELP MENU INSIDE MICROSOFT’S OWN PROGRAMS, were safe. 

Apparently, as with everything else on the internet, they (MS) make it work, kinda, then they (MS) tout it as the greatest thing since humankind appeared, then they (MS) exploits every tiny crevasse of it. THEN, (and ONLY then) do they (MS) actually check to see if it works properly. And when it doesn’t? That’s OUR fault. We downloaded/purchased a product that wasn’t ready. But the next one is coming out with better and greater and it’ll work more… we (MS) promise. 

Getting back to the agreement (yeah, but conversation never lags…*smirk*).
Standing on my SoapBoxI thought e-mail was sacrosanct. That reading it without approval (or court order) was akin to opening my snail-mail and punishment would be as if they (the ‘post office’) opened or read the contents of something directly addressed to me.
I guess because MS warned me they are going to be disseminating my mail, it’s okay for them to do so. I’ve given my permission by continuing to use their service. Apparently. Gotta wonder the fun they’re going to have reading the next few e-mails I send… (Wonder how soon before ‘Homeland’ pays me a visit? LOL!)

It does bug me. What I write in an e-mail is for the other person (and whom they chose to share it with) not for a third-party to intercept and DECIDE or decipher, the meaning of. MS has NO IDEA of the context of my message. If I write about checking if the poison will kill a person in so-and-so many minutes or if so much Nitro is enough to take out a city block, or if the code sounds familiar; they will instantly assume I am up-to-no-good.

Out of context, even I will admit it looks suspicious. But then, I’m not expecting someone who isn’t the recipient of my note to intercept it. I know the expert at the other end will understand I am plotting a devious crime and need to be sure of my facts before the crime reveals itself deep within the pages of my novel. MS’s ‘algorithms’ most likely won’t.

Understand, that is.

How many people does it take to disseminate the quadrillion-babillion e-mails sent daily? And turn them into logistical opportunities for law enforcement? And how many false-positives? Versus positive, concrete evidence that leads to a larger conspiracy and valuable arrests? BEFORE they’ve (cops) identified the players?? There’s GOT to be an easier (& more accurate) way.

I understand threats etc…

The terrorists HAVE won.

We’re told ALL the time, “We won’t negotiate with terrorists.”

No, they won’t. Why? Because the terrorists have already won.

We hide; we change our laws and security measures; we suspect everyone of everything; we profile; we err on the side of caution; we avoid places and people; we assume bad, without hesitation; we lose. We lose because while the world is a big beautiful place, it’s turned into and ugly cesspool of doubt.

I have to divert this information into a novel… except I think it’s been done to death…

Climbing off the soapbox once again…soapbox

I hope I made some sense…

*hugs*
luv khrys…

PS: Remember me when the proverbial poop flies too close to the cooling apparatus… *giggles*

 


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