You WILL be assimilated


Microsoft is downloading Windows 10 to PCs, even if you don’t “reserve” a copy
Microsoft has confirmed that it is “helping upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they need” in the event that owners decide to migrate to the new OS, even if they have heretofore passed up on “reserving” their free upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.

The issue seems to revolve around the Microsoft update KB3035583, and as such it appears to only afflict individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates.

I told you to turn off automatic updates. You did… right?

Look, I know they’ve brainwashed you into thinking those updates are necesary for security, lest some Russki hacker get into your porn and bank files. Not really.

The real security issues, like major zero day probs, you’re going to hear about; you can install those fixes on a case by case basis. But even those wouldn’t be a problem if you stop downloading and running every file presented in pop-ups and email. Install a third party firewall (and if you’re on broadband, turn on your router’s firewall — if it doesn’t have one, you need a router built this century anyway).

Besides, MS’ ‘security’ updates are BS anyway. I wiped Windows from this machine completely when the idiots pushed a ‘security’ update that caused screen fonts to be illegible. Security? Font rendering?

The security hazards of not using automatic updates are far, far, far lower than the risks of MS-approved security risks. Remember?

Again, you can avoid all the Microsoft crap by installing Linux. It’s free, it’s easy (finally), and you can pick from many different versions. I recommend Mint Linux for most Windows users. I can walk you through it, if you need hand-holding. If you absolutely must use some Win app (I empathize; I still can’t find acceptable CMYK support in Linux), go dual boot and only run Win if you’re doing that one weird Win thing.


2 thoughts on “You WILL be assimilated

  1. TRX September 13, 2015 / 7:27 am

    Dual boot is *so* 20th century… when Wine won’t do, use VirtualBox!

    The CAD offerings on Linux are so poor I finally gave up and installed a copy of XP in a VirtualBox session. And a copy of Fireflop and Flash. There are a couple of business web sites I have to access, and their IT people have carefully crafted pages that won’t work with the Firefox/Linux, though they work fine with Firefox/Windows. Sort of like a flashback to the browser wars of tje ’90s…


    • Bear September 13, 2015 / 10:19 am

      The ’90s? Try the ’00s. I worked for a company that built their customer support site to only run IExploder. _No_ other browser I tried would touch it.

      Wine/VB: Personally, if I have to walk a basic computer user through the install… Lessee, one OS install in dual boot mode. Or one OS install, then VB install, then the pack for USB, _then_ the Windows install… I deal with folks who ask how to burn a CD. Which way do you think I’m going to opt for? [grin]

      Personally, I find Wine good enough for all almost all the Win-type stuff, _except_ the huge graphic files I deal with (just finished a single 180MB file); PS under Wine under Linux chokes on that. When I’m designing a dust jacket, I may be working a 16″x10″ 300+DPI image with a dozen layers. Choke. So I keep one Windows machine for the big work. Now, if I had a better machine with 16 GB of RAM, it would be a different matter. But I don’t, and won’t any time soon.


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