I think Microsoft is the Evil Empire. Really. I do. I hate them with a passion. On general principle. Back in 1998, the Justice Department smote them in a landmark anti-trust lawsuit. Microsoft vowed to change. Even so, their business practices still drive me nuts.
Okay, so Excel is a Microsoft product and something I can’t live without. Track Changes (Word feature) is indispensable for a writer or editor.
But that’s as far as I’m willing to go in any love fest for Microsoft. Mostly I live in a constant “frown state” when dealing with Microsoft. They cause me such headaches. The amount of garbage coding Word puts in a document is ridiculous. In order to make our newsletter and blog software behave, any Word prepared text has to be put into Note Pad to force the garbage code out. Otherwise, we can chase our tails for hours trying to get the formatting right.
Millennium anyone? Now that was an operating system even Microsoft would like to forget. Don’t get me started on the fact that they are discontinuing support for Windows XP, which a lot of businesses depend on.
I hate being forced to new systems, which require the purchase of new software all too often. I hate upgrades I really didn’t want. And I hate going in circles with tech support as the software company says the problem is Microsoft and Microsoft says the problem is the software. I feel like the kid in the joke: “Daddy, Daddy! I’m tired of going in circles.” “Shut up, kid, before we nail your other foot to the floor.”
Yes, the constantly changing, updating, innovating world of computers can be crazy-making. Like when I’m trying to do something online and the website flashes a message telling me that I HAVE TO use Explorer. Seriously? I can’t use one of the other browsers? The faster browsers? I have to leave Chrome or Firefox and boot Explorer? Slow plodding, glitchy Explorer? Really? Because companies don’t want to go to the trouble of making sure their sites work with more than one browser, they force us to keep using Explorer.
What’s on your last nerve in the world of computers? What browser do you use?