Saturday, January 02, 2016

On, Then Off the List

Two years ago I thought that the demise of Windows XP would necessitate the retirement of my then-7-year-old Dell PC. The installation of Windows 7 kept the Dell running, albeit creakily, and postponed its defenestration.

For the past five years new iMacs and MacBooks have met all our equipment needs; the era of cloud and mobile devices has loosened Microsoft's stranglehold on computing. Google and Apple are both more valuable companies than once-dominant Microsoft, which now seems to behave more transparently under new management in a competitive environment.

(ZDNet image)
There are still a few applications that work better in Windows, and a recent pick-up in my consulting business put a Windows 10 computer on the shopping list. But just as we thought it was safe to go back into the PC world...

Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out.

Windows 10 covertly sends your disk-encryption keys to Microsoft

Like some individuals, certain corporations never change their character.

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