Originally posted by Inaris
as to that, are you saying the ability to steal an OS?
HAHAHAHA Youre joking right? That is the only thing youve noticed?
no, no, no my friend. I actually commend Microsoft for protecting their product. Thats their right. (Im not saying that their $100+ prices are fair though)
Let me list a few of the right's, privileges, abilities and freedoms that Microsoft has slowly been taking away from you with every new OS, update and service pack.
1: In Win98 you could set passwords to prevent un-welcomed users from accessing network peripherals. The ability to set those passwords is taken away in XP because Microsoft just assumes that there is no need for privacy and security on our little happy family networks.
2: I remember a time when the freedom to listen to music on any player was not a myth. I remember when I had the freedom to burn my own audio CDs with whatever audio files I wanted. But, those days and those freedoms are long gone thanks to XP, Windows MediaPlayer10(+) and Microsofts Play4Sure Technology. Thanks Microsoft from giving me a reason to keep my AMD400 Win98 (my first computer ^-^) machine up and running so I can do to my music, WHAT I want, HOW I want, WHEN I want.
3. Does anybody remember good ol MsPaint? Ah the memories, I remember playing in MsPaint on my parents old Win3.1 machine. And then I remember playing around with it in Win95 and even in Win98... But something happened with the XP version that ****es me off to no end. Can you guess what it is? Thats right, Microsoft decided that were too stupid to have any need for one of the most basic features in computer graphic design history. Microsoft took it upon themselves to make the canvas size stretch to accommodate a newly pasted image. Instead of keeping the canvas at the size it was at before the clip was pasted. I know a lot of you saying things like: who cares? WELL I CARE!!! and the thing that ****es me off the most, they didnt even bother making an option to enable/disable auto-cropping. Well thats what Photoshops for. you say. Who says I want to wait 20 seconds for Photoshop to load when I could open Pain, hit ctrl+E, enter my height and width sizes, paste an image, complete the SMALL task that I need and be out of there safely within 15 seconds?!?!
I mean cmon. This is just a small list. Im sure all of us can come up with more if we just spent 2 seconds thinking about it.
Im running WinXP Pro with SP1 and at this point, im sticking to it. and as for Vista, im not going near it until I learn how many right's, privileges, abilities and freedoms are going to be taken away from me.
My biggest complaint about Microsoft... and Windows... There are no options, no settings that actually make a difference... Apparently, Microsoft thinks that were incapable of changing settings, and customizing options to get out computers to work how WE want them to.