"I not only inhaled, I drank the fucking bong water afterwards."
Seldom have I seen a response that so completely and utterly missed my point.
Where shall I send the cigar?
Two words: Virtual Box.
These are my computers, not Microsoft's. I paid money for them and I own them outright. I do not run my computers either at or for Microsoft's pleasure. I will not pay Microsoft or anyone else a monthly fee, whether that fee is in dollars or in collection of my personal data, to use my own computers. Ever, full stop.
This. This. And again, this.
All versions of Windows before and after 2K suck. 7 sucked a bit less than the others.
Personally I'm seriously considering Linux over Windows 10.
Personally I'm seriously considering Linux over Windows XP.
Come on in, the water's fine.
You left out "an oversupply of self-styled 'advocates' who seem to think they'll win converts by insulting them".
I make a point of trying to mod up my foes/freaks whenever possible. Just because I don't agree with $foe about some issue doesn't mean that $foe can't be right about some other issue.
It's really unfortunate that you chose to be so antagonistic, because your post actually contains some useful info.
But that info's widely available already, and there's no call for you to be a dick and attack the site's moderators willy-nilly in an effort to stoke your martyr complex. I am frequently one of those, and I am no Microsoft stooge.
So I agree with the Flamebait mod. We don't need "advocates" like you, AC.
I don't know who this "us" is, but I quit using Windows 10+ years ago. Since then, I've been using your "operating system that gives us everything we want via functionality and interface, without any of Microsoft's control and invasion" and nobody's ever "bullied" me for it.
Please don't confuse your personal/social identity issues with the matter at hand, because it sounds like this is what you're doing.
And you can't just drop a Ford motor into a Chevy and expect to drive it away, either.
You're the one dwelling on complexity, not the average user, to whom a computer is a thing that you turn on, it shows you little pictures on a screen and you click on one or more of these in order to view web pages or email, write an office doc, make a Skype call, etc. Whether the logo on the case is a little window, a little apple, a little penguin, or the likeness of Kim Jong-Un, it's still a computer, and this is what computers do. End of story.
Thanks for the Sunday morning chuckle.
The average consumer hasn't had a Windows virus?
Alas, the average consumer thinks he's had a "computer virus" because that's the phrase used in the mass media.
Whenever someone asks me about "computer viruses", my response is always along the lines of, "Do you mean *Windows* viruses? Well, I don't use Windows, so I never have to worry about those..."
IN my case, I gained 5 additional desktops which provide the added bonus of actually being useful.
I could gain more, but 6 desktops has worked just fine for me for the last decade or so, so I'll stick with that.